The current accident on the Marmolada, in which at least seven people were killed by a glacier fracture, confirms in a sad and impressive way what is unfortunately obvious: the alpine dangers of mountaineering are undoubtedly increasing as global warming progresses.
On May 21, the German professional alpinist David Göttler climbed the highest mountain in the world without supplemental oxygen. After Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak, this is the sixth 8000m peak that the 43-year-old has scaled without the use of bottled oxygen.
Since the Nepalese Nirmal Purja climbed all eight-thousanders in record time, he has been the superstar of alpinism. But there are gross inconsistencies in his descriptions.
On March 4th, Juho Knuuttila and Eivind Jacobsen scaled the 1000 meter high northwest face of Blokktind. The two Scandinavians named their adventurous first ascent Entropi, which means a lack of predictability and at the same time is a foretaste of the challenges of the tour.
At the end of January, Line van den Berg from the Netherlands and Fay Manners from the UK climbed Phantom Direct in a single push in 31 hours. With this undertaking, they not only secure the first women-only ascent of the route, also known as the 'Via in memoria di Gianni Comino'. They are probably only the fourth rope team to have successfully repeated this route from 1985.
Where the midlife crisis begins for others, he draws 8c. A conversation with the Valais boulderer Théo Chappex about his latest feat Ten Criminals, how he deals with long-term projects and his recipe for success, at almost forty he still climbs like a man in his mid-twenties.
In an interview with Claus Lochbihler, Simone Moro talks about the cold, the advantage of short fingers and what draws him to the highest mountains in the world in winter.
41-year-old Italian climber Corrado 'Korra' Pesce has been seriously injured in an accident on Cerro Torre in Patagonia. He was climbing with Argentinian mountaineer Tomás Aguiló when a boulder and ice avalanche hit them both. Aguiló managed to dismount and alert the rescue. So far, however, bad weather has prevented the rescue of the badly injured Corrado Pesce.
Together with Rother Bergverlag, the German Alpine Club has digitized more than 100 Alpine Club guides with a total of 45.000 pages. Probably the most famous reference works in the Eastern Alps are now available for download free of charge.
What security options are there on a high-altitude tour? What are the pros and cons? Florian Hellberg gives an overview.
A clever pimple not only offers comfort in icy passages, but can also save lives in an emergency. One that comes up with a lot of details is the Bluebird from Blue Ice.
A summit dispute has broken out in the Graubünden mountains. A Swiss bank has installed billboards on 150 peaks - the nature conservation organization Mountain Wilderness is declaring war on the campaign. We spoke to both sides.
demanding and dangerous to be approached on a large scale by commercial providers. That seems to be changing now.
Pimples serve as a belay device and as a walking aid. But not all ice pimples are the same - completely different equipment is used at light full speed than for ice climbing. We take a closer look at the most important differences.
While trying to make the second winter ascent of K2, the three climbers Ali Sadpara, John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr went missing last February. Now the bodies have been found. What is certain is that the three died in the descent. Were you on the summit before? And what was their undoing?