58 ascents carried out in 2018 have been included in the Big list, from which winners will be selected for the Piolets d’Or , the prestigious mountaineering award that will be celebrated from 19 - 22 September 2019 during the Ladek Mountain Festival in Poland. The jury is comprised of: Sandy Allan, Kazu Amano, Valeri Babanov, Jordi Corominas, Fred Degoulet, Ines Papert, Andrej Štremfelj.
Adam Ondra attempting to onsight the crux pitches of the Salathé Wall up El Capitan in Yosemite, USA. Belayed by Nicolas Favresse in autumn 2018, the Czech climber deals with the Enduro corner and tries his luck on the Headwall.
Adam Ondra attempting to onsight the Salathé Wall up El Capitan in Yosemite, USA, belayed by Nicolas Favresse in autumn 2018.
Czech climber Adam Ondra on the road to the Salathé Wall up El Capitan in Yosemite, USA, is the theme of the fourth episode of Ondra’s fourth VBlog
Czech rock climber Adam Ondra has attempted but only just failed to onsight the Salathé Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite, USA.
Belgian climber Nicolas Favresse provides details about the climbing expedition to the little-known Thagas Valley, Karakorum, Pakistan together with Mathieu Maynadier, Carlitos Molina and Jean-Louis Wertz. Two virgin 6000ers were climbed, while Maynadier was struck by rockfall and airlifted to safety.
German climber Daniel Jung has made the first repeat of Recovery drink, the difficult trad climb on the Profilveggen wall at Jøssingfjord in Norway. First ascended in 2013 by Nicolas Favresse, the route had foiled some of the best crack climbers in the world.
On 6 August 2018 French mountaineer Mathieu Maynadier was hit by rockfall while on an climbing expedition in the Tagas Valley in Pakistan’s Karakorum with Nicolas Favresse, Carlos Molina and Jean-Louis Wertz. Maynadier was taken to Skardu military hospital by helicopter where his condition is far better than initially feared. He will be repatriated to France this week.
On July 14, 2018 Selva di Val Gardena will host the fifth edition of the Karl Unterkircher Award in memory of the South Tyrolean alpinist who died ten years ago on Nanga Parbat. The alpinists nominated for the 2018 award are Simone Moro, Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon for the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, Ines Papert and Luka Lindič for their new route up Kyzyl Asker in Kyrgyzstan (China), and Simon Gietl and Marcel Schenk for the new mixed climb up Pizzo Badile in Switzerland. Special guest: Kurt Diemberger
From 21 to 22 April 2018 Arco (Garda Trentino) will host the Adventure Awards Days and also the international climbing photography contest Arco Rock Star with some of the best outdoor photographers in Europe. Everyone can compete in the Open category; registration now online.
From 20 - 22 April 2018 Arco, Italy will host the Adventure Awards Days, the International Festival of adventure and exploration. Star guests include Simone Moro, Jeremy Collins, Jane Goodall, Nicolas Favresse, Emilio Previtali, Dino Lanzaretti, Jakub Rybicki, Valeria Mosca, Igor D’India. The festival will also host the thrid edition of Arco Rock Star, the international climbing photography contest in the heart of Garda Trentino region.
At Mt Buffalo in Australia Logan Barber has made the first ascent of Japanese Deep Freeze, a route hat might well be the hardest crack climb in the country.
In Yosemite, USA, Belgian climber Nicolas Favresse together with Alix Morris and Drew Smith makes the first free ascent of Eye of Sauron, a spectacular and difficult new 400 m trad climb in the Ribbon Falls area.
The video of America’s Mason Earle climbing Cobra Crack, one of the hardest crack climbs in the world located at Squamish, Canada, first ascended by Peter Croft in the ’80’s and freed by Sonnie Trotter in 2006.
On 27 May 2017 Sasha DiGiulian and Jon Cardwell made the first free ascent of Misty Wall up the west Face of Sentinel in Yosemite, USA.
Urban climbing in Belgium: Sébastien Berthe, Florian Delcoigne, Pierre Mertens, Pablo Recourt and Loic Debry attempt 'The Ticket Crack' at Groenendael railway station close to Brussels.
Torres del Paine, interview with Nicolas Favresse after the first free ascent of El Regalo de Mwono in Patagonia
Interview with Nicolas Favresse after the first free ascent, carried out with fellow-Belgians Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll and Siebe Vanhee, of the big wall rock climb El Regalo de Mwono (1200m, 8a) located on the East Face of the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia.
Paine Towers, Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll and Siebe Vanhee free another big climb in Patagonia
After spending 19 days climbing the East Face of Central Tower of Paine in Patagonia, Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll and Siebe Vanhee completed the first free ascent of 'El Regalo de Mwono'. This 1200m big wall rock climb was established between 1991/1992 by Paul Pritchard, Simon Yates, Sean Smith and Noel Craine with difficulties up to 5b, VI, 5.10, A4.
Torres del Paine in Patagonia: Riders on the Storm too stormy for Mayan Smith-Gobat and Brette Harrington
Mayan Smith-Gobat and Brette Harrington have abandoned their attempt at make the first free ascent of Riders on the Storm, the famous big wall up the Central Paine Tower in Patagonia, due to terrible weather.
PlayAlpinismo films free of charge: Asgard Jamming. The adventure of Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Olivier Favresse, Stephane Hanssens and Silvia Vidal on Mount Asgard (Baffin Island) is an ode to happiness, climbing and discovery. The film review by Vinicio Stefanello.