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North Face of Tawoche

Japanese climbers Fumitaka Ichimura and Genki Narumi completed the first ascent of the north face of Tawoche (1,500m, VI AI5R) in Nepal’s Khumbu region in late November.

The magic boy scores again and again…

During a cold weekend trip to Bahratal, south of Dresden, Adam Ondra has onsighted Engpass, 8A+ and flashed Starbug 2, 8A+ and actually both were previously graded 8B. He also did Blackberries, 8B.

An accidental abseil lead to scary new lines:

On Friday the 8th of Jan Nick Bullock, partnered by Kenton Cool attempted to find the existing route Home Wet Home, which is located between the Mini Couloir and Nuit Blanche on the Argentiere glacier, near Chamonix.

Copp and Dash Inspire New Grants

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award, a major new grant program, has been created to honor the lives and storytelling abilities of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who died last spring in an avalanche in China along with young filmmaker Wade Johnson.

New Austrian Ice Route Given WI7+

Albert Leichtfried and Benedikt Purner have climbed a desperately thin and steep 300-meter ice route that they believe is WI7+, making it the hardest pure ice climb in Austria, and one of the hardest in the world.