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.
Samuele Scalet, good-bye to the alpinist who loved the Pale di San Martino, Dolomites
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.
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.
Former Durbanite, turned Cape Town student Benjamin de Charmoy visited Redhill and sent the “Elfen Lied” 8A traverse on his second try after re-working the moves.
American film stars Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch and other celebrities have scaled Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness about global shortages of drinking water and to raise money for UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations.