American rock climber Alex Honnold solo climbing at The Needles in California, USA. The VR footage offers a 360° view and gives the sensation of actually being there.
In November 2015 Simone Pedeferri, Paolo Marazzi and Marco Maggioni made the first ascent of El Chaman Loco up the El Chaman face at El Salto, Mexico. Some pitches along this 400m climb still need to be freed, with difficulties estimated at 8c. The trip report by Paolo Marazzi.
Canadian climber Sean McColl repeating the trad climb Gaia E8 6c, established by Johnny Dawes at Black Rocks in England.
Interview with Colin Haley and Alex Honnold who on Sunday 31 January 2016 made the first repeat of the Torre Traverse in Patagonia by enchaining Cerro Standhardt, Punta Herron, Torre Egger and Cerro Torre. The American alpinists needed just 20 hours and 40 minutes from Col Standhardt to the summit of Cerro Torre, and 32 hours in total to return to their starting point. The first Torre Traverse was carried out over 4 days in 2008 by Haley together with Rolando Garibotti.
The press release of the 24th edition of the prestigious international mountaineering award Piolet d’Or that will be celebrated from 14 - 17 April 2016 at La Grave-La Meije, France.
Google has published a Street View exploration of the Mont Blanc, produced together with Kilian Jornet Burgada, Catherine Destivelle, Patrick Gabarrou, Corrado Korra Pesce, Laetitia Roux, Ueli Steck, Candide Thovex and photographers Jonathan Griffith, Renan Ozturk, Sender Films.
Interview with American alpinist Colin Haley who has just carried out the first solo ascent of Torre Egger (2850m) and Punta Herron (2750m) in Patagonia, requiring 16.5 hours for the ascent and 9 for the descent.
The journey of American rock climber Alex Honnold to Angola, to discover the country’s potential for rock climbing and also to follow up the Honnold Foundation pilot program of home solar systems for the local population. His travel companion Stacy Bare returned to see the progress made by the landmine clearance organisation Halo Foundation.
Two videos about American rock climber Alex Honnold: a video portrait filmed by Fred Moix and the trailer of a trip to Angola where, apart from climbing, he initiated a pilot program of home solar systems for the local population.
On 25/09/2015 the Russian mountaineers Aleksander Gukov, Ivan Dozhdev, Valeriy Shamalo and Ruslan Kirichenko completed the first ascent of Thulagi Chuli (7059m) a hitherto unclimbed peak in the Nepalese Himalaya. The new route up the West Face is called Happy Birthday, is 1850m high and is graded TD+, VI (5c), AI 4+, M4.
Interview with American rock climber Hans Florine who a fortnight ago made his 100th ascent of The Nose, the famous rock climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, USA.
Today Google released a Street View version of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite along with climbers Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Lynn Hill.
The videos of the three Piolet d'Or 2015 winning ascents: the Fitz Roy Traverse by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, Thamserku by the Russians Alexander Gukov and Alexei Lonchinskiy and the ascent of Hagshu by the Slovenians Aleš Česen, Luka Lindič and Marko Prezelj. The videos were produced for the award's ceremony of the Piolets d'Or 2015. Concept & editing Vinicio Stefanello (Planetmountain.com) and Francesco Mansutti (Studio Due) for Comune di Courmayeur and Centro Servizi Courmayeur srl.
On Saturday 11 April the awards ceremony of the 23rd Piolets d'Or, the Oscars of alpinism, were held at Courmayeur, Italy. Americans Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, Russians Aleksander Gukov and Aleksey Lonchinsky and Slovenians Marko Prezelj, Ales Cesen and Luka Lindic were awarded the Piolet d'Or 2015. Britain’s Chris Bonington received the Piolet d'Or Carrière.
Courmayeur and Chamonix are the world’s mountaineering capital once again thanks to the Piolet d'Or 2015. The recipients of the 23rd edition of this prestigious award are Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold, Alexander Gukov, Alexei Lonchinskiy, Aleš Česen, Luka Lindič and Marko Prezelj. The 7th Piolet d'Or Carrière will be awarded to the great British mountaineer Chris Bonington.
Three expeditions have been selected for the Piolets d'Or 2015: the traverse of the Fitz Roy range by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold,the ascent ofl Thamserku by the Russians Alexander Gukov and Alexei Lonchinskiy and the ascent of Hagshu by the Slovenians Ales Cesen, Luka Lindic and Marko Prezelj. During the 23rd edition of the prestigious mountaineering award, which will be celebrated from 9 - 12 April 2015 at Courmayeur and Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, Britain's Sir Chris Bonington will receive the Piolet d'Or Lifetime Achievement Award at Courmayeur on 11 April 2015.
In Patagonia American alpinists Colin Haley and Alex Honnold have attempted a one day ascent of the Cerro Torre Traverse, enchaining Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standhardt. The two were forced to turn back just two pitches below the last summit due to the Patagonian winds.
58 ascents carried out in 2014 have been included in the "Big list" of the Piolets d'Or, the most prestigious mountaineering award that will be celebrated between 9 - 12 April, 2015 at Courmayeur and Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc.
Both Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have reached new personal high points during their endeavour to free climb in a single, ground-up push the Dawn Wall project on El Capitan, Yosemite.
The video of Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold and the historic first traverse of the major ridge line of Fitz Roy in Patagonia.