Winter mountaineering in Scotland: on the Church Door Buttress at Bidean nam Bian close to Glen Coe the expert British mountaineers Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson have made the first ascent of Lost Arrow Winter Variation, describing the demanding line as ‘one of the most sustained routes’ they have ever climbed in the country.
An all-star expedition comprised of American alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cumins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff, Cedar Wright and the cameraman Pablo Durana is currently in Queen Maud Land in Antarctica where various members have managed to establish a flurry of new rock climbs.
The first stage of the Ski mountaineering World Cup 2018 will take place at Wanlong in China this weekend.
Alpinism and exploration in Antarctica: Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon have climbed the 1263 m high Spectre peak on the continent’s Gothic Mountains.
Jacopo Larcher and Barbara Zangerl have made the first free repeat of Magic Mushroom, the difficult big wall climb freed by Tommy Caldwell on El Capitan in Yosemite.
Climbing alpine style over five days, American alpinists Tino Villanueva and Alan Rousseau have made the first ascent of Rungofarka 6495 m in the Zanskar mountain range in the Indian Himalaya.
Sport climbing in Spain: Belgium’s Anak Verhoeven has repeated Ciudad de Dios 9a/+ at Santa Linya, France’s Sébastian Bouin has redpointed La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana while at Margalef Stefano Carnati has climbed his 50th 8c or harder, Llamps i trons.