Join us as eight Australian climbers explore the sport climbing and deep water soloing in Vietnam, and set to work establishing some of the country’s hardest new routes.
Daniel Woods and Sasha Digiulian were the top American finishers at the SCS Open National Championship at Momentum gym in Sandy, Utah. The two climbers head the new U.S. sport climbing team, gaining access to international events.
Renan Ozturk and Cory Richards overcame loose rock and dehydration to complete the first ascent of the central south buttress of Tawoche, a circa 6,500-meter (21,325′) peak in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
On 22 January 2010, 34 year old Italian mountaineer Luca Vuerich was killed by an avalanche while climbing an icefall at Prisojinik, close to Kranjska Gora on the Italian-Slovenian border. Vuerich was rescued and transported to hospital in Udine, where he died of his injuries.
On 4 Janaury 2010 the Austrian climbers Rudolf Hauser, Alexander Holleis and Rupert Huber carried out the first integral ascen of Gamsstubenfall (800m, WI7), one of the last great icefalls in the Gasteinertal, Austria. On 12 January Hauser climbed the classic icefall Supervisor (270m, WI6) without a rope.
Twenty-five years from now, the Himalayan glaciers would have almost disappeared. Almost.
Arriving at the Ross Ice Shelf on the 21st of 21, nearly a century after Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole in 1911, American Ryan Waters, 36, and Norwegian Cecilie Skog, 35, have achieved the first unassisted crossing of Antarctica.
On January 14, Steve House and Matt McCormick added the last 100′ of a partially complete M6 recently established by Matt Horner.
British climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk has climbed seven Font 8A problems in the last 12 months.
In late October, four Japanese climbers led by Himalayan veteran Osamu Tanabe completed the first ascent of the west face of Nemjung (7,140m/23,425′), near Manaslu in Nepal.