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Slam-dunk: Cecilie and Ryan bag polar history

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.

Japanese Climb West Face of Nemjung

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.

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.