The complete list of all 2013 ascents taken into consideration by the Piolets d'Or, from which the choice of nominees for the Piolets d'Or 2014 will be made.
A brief and by no means complete journey through the stories and the climbs of 2013, while waiting for new year.
Interview with Nicolas Favresse after the ascent, carried out together with Sean Villaneuva, Stéphane Hanssens and Evrard Wendenbaum, of the South Pillar of Kyzyl Asker (China) last September.
Kyzyl Asker South Pillar climbed by Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villaneuva, Stéphane Hanssens and Evrard Wendenbaum
Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens and Evrard Wendenbaum have established a new route up the South Pillar of Kyzyl Asker, China.
The second news report from Italy's Orco Valley by Maurizio Oviglia: the crags Sitting Bull and Dado that offer a interesting mix of sport climbing, trad and aid.
In Valle dell'Orco, Italy, Sean Villanueva has carried out the first free ascent of Legittima visione, while Nicolas Favresse has freed Schittingbull.
Video of the 2010 first ascent of the trad route Turkey Crack at Cadarese in Val d'Ossola, Italy, carried out by Sean Villanueva.
In Patagonia the Belgian alpinists Stephane Hanssens, Merlin Didier and Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll made the first free ascents of the East Face of Cerro Catedral (1000 m, 7c+) and the East Face of Cerro Cota 2000 (500m, 7c+) while on Fitz Roy they climbed 900m of virgin ground up the NW Face. An "absolutely amazing adventure" as Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll recounts.
Part one of what happend, in alpinism and in climbing, in 2012. A summary, for obvious reason incomplete, of the climbs, the most beautiful achievements and also the most painful moments in 2012. In the hope that this résumé serves as a reminder and as a source on inspiration for the coming future.
Interview with New Zealand rock climber Mayan Smith-Gobat. Her ascent of Punks in the Gym at Arapiles, the Salathé Wall on El Capitan, the Nose Speed and more...
The video trailer of the Belgian expedition comprised of Favresse, Villanueva, Hanssens and Wertz which established two new routes up Amuri Tepuy in Venezuela
The trailer of the South African Arctic Dreams sailing and climbing expedition which crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish new rock climbs in Greenland and Baffin Island.
Sun, sea, great climbing and partying. These are the ingredients of the first The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival which took place on the Greek island from 26 - 30 September 2012.
A small team comprised of Steve Bradshaw, Dave Glass, Clinton Marteningo and Andrew Porter have established a series of new rock climbs in Greenland.
On Friday 6 July at Selva di Val Gardena (Italy) Marina Kopteva and Anna Yasinskaya from the Ukraine and Galina Chibitok from Russia received the Karl Unterkircher Award 2012 for their new route established in 38 days up the NW Face of Great Trango Tower (Pakistan).
The second edition of the Karl Unterkircher Award will take place on 6 July 2012 at Selva di Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites. The alpinists nominated for this award are Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards for the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II, Sean Villanueva, Ben Ditto, Nicolas Favresse and Olivier Favressee for their Greenland Big Walls and Marina Kopteva, Galina Chibitok and Anna Yasinskaya for their new route up Great Trango Tower in Pakistan.
In March 2012 Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens and Jean-Louis Wertz established Maria Rosa (7b, 500m) and Apichavai (8a+, 500m) on Amuri Tepui in Venezuela. The trip report by Nico Favresse.
Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens and Jean-Louis Wertz have established two new routes up Amuri Tepui in Venezuela.
In February 2012 George Ullrich (UK), Sam Farnsworth (UK) Siebe Vanhee (Belgium) and Mason Earle (USA) established Kids With Guns (5.13a, A3, E6 6c) a new climb up the Amuri Tepui mountain in Venezuela.
The petition, promoted by Rolando Garibotti, concerning the recent bolt chopping of the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre, Patagonia by the Americans Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk.