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North Face of Chaperon first ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Xavier Cailhol

Paul Bonhomme and Xavier Cailhol have made the first ski descent of the hitherto untouched North Face of Chaperon. Éperon des Saltimbanques is 1200m long and been graded 5.4/E4

The Secret Garden on Pointe de Blonnière, new ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez



On 05/01/2021 Frenchmen Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez skied a new line on Mount Blonnière 2362m, Aravis, called The Secret Garden.

More steep skiing explored in the Dolomites

In 2020 Francesco Vascellari and Loris De Barba made what is likely to be the first ski descent of the South Face of Cima Ambrizzola in the Dolomites. A few months later they concluded another project with Davide D'Alpaos, namely the probable first descent of the west face of Croda de Marchi Sud in the Marmarole group.

Ski Mountaineering World Cup: Nicolini, Gachet Mollaret, Anselmet and Fatton win in Ponte di Legno

The first stage of the 2020/2021 Ski Mountaineering World Cup took place last weekend in Ponte di Legno, Italy. The Sprint race was won by Marianne Fatton and Thibault Anselmet while the Vertical Race was dominated by Axelle Gachet Mollaret and Federico Nicolini.

12.11.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Marmolada: exploring the first refuge in the Dolomites with Bruno Pederiva

The oldest refuge in the Dolomites, located on the east face of Punta Penia on Marmolada, featuring mountain guide Bruno Pederiva.


17.10.2020 by Planetmountain in Environment

Graham Zimmerman, an Imperfect Advocate

American alpinist Graham Zimmerman, winner of the Piolets d’Or 2020, sees see firsthand the effects of human-driven climate change on the world and decides that he must take action. This forces him to confront his personal carbon footprint to become an Imperfect Advocate. 



Climbing and climate change

How does our love for the mountains affect the climate? And what can we do to change this process? Germany's Lena Marie Müller, who is currently doing a PhD on the effects of climate change at the University of Innsbruck and recently repeated the E9 Prinzip Hoffnung at Bürs, shares her thoughts.

Video: Edmond Joyeusaz skiing the Mont Blanc Brenva Face

The video of the mountain guide Edmond Joyeusaz and his ski descent of the Brenva Face on Mont Blanc, carried out on 25/05/2020 down the climb first ascended by Gianni Comino and Gian Carlo Grassi in 1979.

22.06.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Walter Bonatti would have turned 90 today

In order to remember the great mountaineer and extremely special man who passed away in 2011, we’ve published the thoughts and memories of his inseparable life partner Rossana Podestà.

Mont Blanc: Edmond Joyeusaz skis Brenva Face Comino-Grassi route

On Monday 25 May 2020 the Italian mountain guide Edmond Joyeusaz skied from the summit of Mont Blanc down the Comino - Grassi route on the Brenva face, following the line first ascended in 1979 by Gianni Comino and Gian Carlo Grassi.

17.05.2020 by Ragni di Lecco in Alpinism

A beer with Berna: a drink on Sunday evening for Matteo Bernasconi

On Sunday 17 May 2020 at 18:30 the Italian Ragni di Lecco climbing club invites everyone to have a drink in memory of Matteo Bernasconi. Here is how the Ragni di Lecco, to which Berna belonged, explain the initiative.

13.05.2020 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

Ciao Berna! Farewell to Matteo Bernasconi

On 12 May 2020 Matteo Bernasconi, the talented Italian alpinist, mountain guide and member of the Ragni di Lecco climbing club, perished in an avalanche. Born in 1982 and loved by everyone, Berna was ski mountaineering in Valtellina when the accident occurred.

Ski mountaineering in Turkey's Aladağlar mountains

Slovak mountain guide Miroslav Peťo reports about his ski touring trip to the Ala Dağlar mountain range in Turkey with Robert Vrlák and Rastislav Križan which resulted in a number of interesting descents including what is likely to be the first integral descent of Mount Demirkazik via its South Face.

06.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Environment

The North Face Covid-19 Explore Fund pledges €1 million to support outdoor communities

We have received and publish the press release of The North Face that through its COVID-19 Explore Fund is committing € 1 million to support the outdoor communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Applications are welcome from companies and charities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy and are open until May 22nd 2020.

24.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Tom Ballard, the film about the great British climber

Tom, the film by Angel Esteban and Elena Goatelli, is now online. This documents the attempt of British mountaineer Tom Ballard to become the first to solo in the same winter season the six great North Faces of the Alps: Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Pizzo Badile, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Petit Dru and the Eiger. This is a touching portrait about Ballard who lost his life on Nanga Parbat with Daniele Nardi in 2019.

23.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

The mountains won’t wait. By Enrico Veronese, Giovanni Zaccaria


The video, photos and words of Giovanni Zaccaria and Enrico Veronese about how, once again, the mountains can inspire us.

21.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Matterhorn guides raise over €14,000 with charity sale of historic Échelle Jordan ladder

The Italian Matterhorn Guides have raised € 14,631 with the sale of the historic Échelle Jordan, the original rope ladder used by thousands of mountaineers on their way to the summit of the Matterhorn. The money will go to charities fighting the coronavirus.

09.04.2020 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

Rosso 70, online the mountaineering, memories and life of the Scoiattoli di Cortina

Courtesy of the Scoiattoli di Cortina we have published online Rosso 70: Stories and memories of 70 years of alpinism of the Scoiattoli di Cortina. The film by Vinicio Stefanello and Francesco Mansutti retraces the first 70 years of the historic and famous Italian mountaineering club established in the Dolomites in 1939.


Freeride Skiing at Home by Philipp Klein Herrero

The ingenious stop motion freeride skiing film created by Philipp Klein Herrero during the Coronavirus emergency.

01.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Environment

La Sportiva produces face masks to combat coronavirus pandemic

Everyone is united, even the outdoor world against Covid-19: La Sportiva has converted part of its production to create lab coats and face masks for the Province of Trento to combat the coronavirus emergency.

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