Legendary American climber Fred Beckey has passed away aged 94.
On 27 October the Italian mountaineer Enrico Mosetti and the Britons Ben Briggs and Tom Grant made the first ski descent of the Caroline Face, the difficult and dangerous SE Face of Mount Aoraki / Mount Cook (3724m) in New Zealand. The achievement has already been described by the local media as “historic”.
An Italian expedition comprised of François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti, Emrik Favre, Tomas Franchini, Matteo Faletti and Fabrizio Dellai has successfully climbed Mount Edgar (6618m) in the Sichuan region of China. Climbing in two teams, they repeated the original Korean route and established a new line up the West Face.
Interview with American climber Jim Reynolds who on 21 October 2017 teamed up with Brad Gobright to The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2:19:44. In doing so they beat the previous speed record set in 2012 by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine by almost four minutes.
Mountaineering news: in October Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini made the first ascent of Shiva’s Ice, a beautiful new route up Shivling (6543 m) in the Indian Himalayas.
Some of the best climbers in the world explain the importance of a good belayer.
From 15 – 16 August 2017 the XMountain Mountain Guide Luca Montanari and Arianna Del Sordo made the first ascent of ‘From Italy with love’, a trad climb up the Crescent Towers in the heart of the Bugaboo Spires, Canada.