In July, Seb Bouin climbed the ultimate endurance test piece with Nordic Marathon (130m, 9b/+) in Flatanger. The monster route stretches 130 meters through the gigantic roof and connects Nordic Plumber (8c) with the second pitch of Thor's Hammer (9a/+) and the direct headwall of Hanhelleren Cave. Now there is the video for the impressive first ascent.
Budding mountain guide Juho Knuutila is known for his daring ascents in the demanding ice and mixed terrain of the far north. In December he climbed Rånkeipen with Alexander Nordvall Arctic Circus (M6, WI6). A few days ago he returned to the wall near Narvik early in the morning to climb yet another wild mixed line before work - single-handedly.
The DWS Mecca Mallorca has one more Psicobloc spot thanks to the Swiss climbers Philipp Geisenhoff, Marco Müller, Benjamin Weber, Benjamin Schelker and Flo Weber. At Cala Magrana they found a virgin rock ledge and opened six new routes there, including Poseidon's Kiss (8c).
Alexander Megos stayed in the Spanish climbing Mecca Margalef for three weeks in autumn and scored an incredible 14 climbing routes between 8c and 9b. The highlight of his trip was the first ascent of the line The Full Journey (9b) drilled by Tom Bolger. Now there's the video for it.
The German climber Moritz Welt climbs the line Lazarus (9a +) drilled by Markus Bock in the Frankenjura. For more than a year, the 21-year-old worked on the beta that was right for him for the heavily overhanging route on the Leaning Death.
Yesterday Adam Ondra made the first ascent of Zvěřinec (9b +) in the Moravian Karst climbing area in the Czech Republic. According to his own statements, after Silence (9c), it was the most difficult route of his life - and that means something.
Strong, stronger, Bosi and Roberts. The two climbers currently seem to be able to do almost everything they set out to do. Recent examples: Will Bosi repeats Forgotten Gem (8C) and Ephyra (8C+). With Veccio Leone Sitstart (8C+, FA), Aidan Roberts decodes a bouldering problem that greats like Bernd Zangerl tried to solve 15 years ago.
Kim Marschner has given the Furka Pass rows of impressive boulders. He shows an excerpt of it in this video.
The two top climbers Stefano Ghisolfi and Laura Rogora drill a new sport climbing route. Is that okay?
In October, the Swiss professional alpinists Stephan Siegrist and Jonas Schild, together with Andy Schnarf, made the first ascent of the "Kiti Nose" (4950 m above sea level) in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The three alpinists christened the 350 meter long route with a difficulty level of 7b Between two parties.
In the northwest of the Czech Republic, Adam Ondra swaps the highest levels of difficulty for daring climbing with long runouts and strict ethics. Together with the sandstone legend Tomáš "Tomajda" Sobotka he succeeds in the ground-up first ascent of Falling into Presence (8b).
French pro climber Seb Bouin solves an old 2010, the direct variation of Chris Sharma's Jumbo Love, at Clark Mountain. His first ascent, called Suprême Jumbo Love, adds another 20 meters of hard climbing to Jumbo Love. The result: America's hardest climbing route with a 9b+ rating.
Alex Megos continues on his successful course in Spain and scores routes like Gancho Perfecto (9a/+) and Red Ram (9a+).
Alex Megos manages the first ascent of The Full Journey (9b) in the Spanish climbing mecca of Margalef. The day before, within a few hours, he landed Off the Tractor (8c), Patan el villano (8c, flash) and Patatas el villano (8c +, FA).
The Swiss professional alpinist Roger Schäli opens the trad route Tierra del Fuego (A2+, 6c) on the Roda Val della Neve in Bergell alone over five days. The demanding line – only equipped with bolts at the belay – follows a system of cracks in the right part of the wall.