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Lama and Verhoeven Free 29-Pitch 5.13d

Dutch sport climber Jorg Verhoeven and Austrian David Lama, of recent controversy, have freed a longstanding project in the Valle del Sarca, Italy. The line climbs the east face of Monte Brento, a wall of brittle rock as tall as El Capitan, and steeper.

Alison Hargreaves’ son to attempt K2

Tom Ballard, son of the prodigy 90’s climber Alison Hargreaves who died descending K2 in 1995, has announced he wants to attempt the same mountain solo, and in winter. Ballard, now 21, is training in the Swiss Alps on the Eiger in preparation for the climb on the peak mountaineers often refer to and the […]


Lead and Speed World Cup Wrap-up from Chamonix

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Lead and Speed World Cups wrapped up today in Chamonix, France, with Spain’s Ramón Julian Puigblanque and French climber Charlotte Durif finishing first in the men’s and women’s lead comp.

Free Rider Sees First Female-Team Free Ascent

Recently, Madaleine Sorkin and Kate Rutherford completed the first female-team free ascent of Free Rider (VI 5.12d, 37 pitches), a four-pitch variation to the Salathé Wall that is the most popular free line on the main face of El Cap.