On 17 October Matteo Gambaro made the first ascent of Azione Diretta 8c+/9a at Borgata Piatta a Montemale, Cuneo, Italy.
Sarah Seeger climbs Steinbock 8c in the Frankenjura, Markus Bock creates his hardest to date, The Man That Follows Hell 9a+, while Adam Ondra makes swift work of two other testpieces in Germany's premier climbing area.
Patxi Usobiaga from Spain has climbed Hades 9a at the Austrian crag Götterwand second go, just like Adam Ondra on Der Heilige Graal 9a in Germany's Frankenjura.
On 06/06/2009 Adam Ondra carried out the first repeat of Corona 9a+ in Germany's Frankenjura. The point of view of his photographer Vojtech Vrzba.
The latest news from the crags, or rather, when 9a isn't that difficult anymore and 8c approaches a rest... Dani Andrada, Markus Bock, Edu Marin, Adam Ondra, Gérôme Pouvreau, Chris Sharma, Maja Vidmar but also Dino Lagni and Luca Zardini.
Interview with Jerry Moffatt, one of the most successful climbers in the world during the 1980's and 1990's, with important first ascents such as Stone Love 8b+ in Germany's Frankenjura and Liquid Ambar 8c+ at Lower Pen Trwyn, Wales and The Ace FB8B at Stanage, England.
Interview with the Basque climber after his victory in the European Championship and his recent ascent of Action Direct.
On 19/05/2008 Adam Ondra repeated Action Direct 9a in the Frankenjura, Germany first ascended by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991.
On 01/05/08 Markus Bock made the first ascent of Three Suns And One Star 11-/11 in the Frankenjura, Germany.
An in-depth interview with Adam Ondra, a mere 15 years old and already one of the most accomplished and talented sports climbers in the world.
Gabriele Moroni repeats SS 26 8c+/9a (Gressoney), Shangri-la 8c+ (Frankenjura) and Zauberfee 8c+ (Arco).
On 20/10/2007 Markus Bock made the first ascent of Matador 9a in the Frankenjura, Germany.
In February Gabriele Moroni repeated Odi social 8c+ at Siurana (Spain), the latest in his long list of extreme repeats.
At the end of October the small Polish town Zakopan celebrated its second Mountain Film Festival. The winner of the Sportkania z Filmen Gorskim was L'Abisso by Alessandro Anderloni, whilst the spectators award went to Premeny Tatier by Pavel Barabasz.
At the start of October Markus Bock made the first ascent of what he believes to be the hardest route in Germany's Frankenjura, "Corona" 11+ (French 9a+).
On 25 September Kilian Fischhuber made the 9th ascent of Action Directe 9a at the Waldkopf, Frankenjura, Germany.
Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of Vymena Manzelek 11- (F8c) at Moravsky Kras in the Czech Republic.
Scottish Dave MacLeod has climbed the direct finish to Requiem at Dumbarton Rock, Scotland, calling the climb Rhapsody and grading the route E11 7a. This makes it a strong contender for one of the hardest trad pitches in the world.
Rich Simpson has made the first ascent of A Muerte 8c+/9a at Siurana, Spain
Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic has redpointed Alien Carnage 8c+ at Castillon, France.