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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.

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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.

Rudolf Hauser: solo ascent of Supervisor and first integral ascent of Gamsstubenfall in the Gasteinertal

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.

End of Year Article 2009: Bouldering

In 1999 the lofty grade of 8B+ was dominated by the likes of Fred Nicole and Klem Loskot.
Now with lines like Airstar (8B) by Kilian Fischhuber and Livin’ Large (8C) by Nalle Hukkataival, as well as more notable highballs being put up by Kevin Jorgeson this summer, Rocklands became more than just a stately home for a ridiculous amount of quality hard boulders.

Himalayan glacier meltdown: gospel truth?

Twenty-five years from now, the Himalayan glaciers would have almost disappeared. Almost.

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.