Reinhold Messner Interview

‘I want to be remembered as the alpinist who failed more than anyone else on the 8000m peaks.’ Reinhold Messner, his life and alpinism beyond the 8000m peaks.
Interview by Erminio Ferrari and Ellade Ossola.

Gratta e vinci, new mixed route for Florian Riegler

Last December the South Tyroleans Florian Riegler, Hannes Lehmyer and Tamara Lunger carried out the first ascent of Gratta e vinci (120m, M10, WI 5) at the Passo delle Pedale/Mendola. On 21/12/09 Florian and his brother Martin made the first redpoint ascent.

Hansjörg Auer and Much Mayr add new route to Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Hansjörg Auer and Much Mayr have recently returned from their trip to Patagonia where despite terrible weather conditions they managed to forge “Waiting for Godot” (750m, 7b) along the East Face of Central Tower to the Col which separates the Central and North Tower.

Upskill Climbing VietBLAM 2009 (Climbing in Vietnam)

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.


Woods, Digiulian Flash U.S. Nationals

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.

Review: A Climber’s Guide to KwaZulu-Natal

Roger Nattrass has produced a new guidebook that is simply outstanding! All subsequent SA guidebook authors will curse the high standard that he has set for the genre.


WayPoint Namibia DVD

In May 2009, a small team of rock climbers departed for Namibia with two goals: to find a way up an unexplored face, and to find a way into a deeper understanding of southern Africa.

North Americans Bag New Line on Tawoche

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.

New Areas Discovered in China and Portugal

Rui Rosado first discovered the spot six years ago, but it wasn’t until last summer that the crag began to see real development. “Only a couple of routes were set up there” before 2009

Luca Vuerich killed by avalanche

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.