2021 was one of the best years for Italian climbing pro Stefano Ghisolfi. He not only won the overall World Cup in lead climbing, but crowned his season with the first repeat of Bibliography, which was only the second 9c worldwide at the time.
On July 9, 2021, Drew Ruana climbed Insomniac (8C+). The strong American recently released an edit by Alton Richardson that is well worth seeing, showing him making the first ascent of his boulder in Lincoln Lake, Colorado.
The two Americans Michaela Kiersch and Alex Puccio have been at Magic Wood since mid-May and are cracking one classic after the other.
We went to the Petzl Roctrip for you, spoke to the pros, checked out the climbing area and provided impressions of the event.
This video shows Adam Ondra's onsight ascent of the 8c+ route Solitary Souls in the Le Piazzole climbing area near Arco.
Bouldering legend Dave Graham has been in Ticino for several months and seems to be in top form. His latest exploit is the ascent of Boulder Primitivo (8c). Here is the video of his inspection.
At the beginning of March, mammoth athlete and Arco Ambassador Adam Ondra first climbed a route that is one of the most beautiful lines in the north. The following video shows the beauty of the region, the route and how he plans the line together with teammate Jakob Schubert.
In his latest video, Czech climbing pro Adam Ondra reveals what has fascinated him about onsight climbing since childhood. Luckily for him, there are still sectors in the Arco climbing paradise that he doesn't know. In Braboletta (8b) and L'occhio Della Tigre (8a+) he can show that he is quite good at this form of climbing.
He who is silent agrees. True to this principle, professional climbers from all over the world comment on the war in Ukraine in our video. The statements underline that the climbing community is characterized by an international connection that knows no borders.
On February 8th, Stefano Ghisolfi made the first ascent of one of the most difficult routes in Italy: L'arenauta (9b). This video shows the ascent of the heavily overhanging and spectacular route.
The American Dave Graham is almost a fixture in Ticino. His most recent video shows him inspecting the Giuliano Cameroni line Squalo Bianco (8b +). Also in Ticino, but only for three days, was the German boulderer Florian Wintjes. He managed several highballs and the Kubalik (8b+) and Conquistador direct (8b) lines.
In his latest video blog, Norwegian professional climber Magnus Midtbo visits the Ice Climbing World Cup in Saas Fee. There he was introduced to the art of ice climbing by none other than the reigning ice climbing world champion Petra Klingler.
In the seventeenth edition of BETA we have Alexander Megos as a guest in the studio. We talk to Megos about the devaluation battle in Spain, the impact of videos on climbing grades and how he dealt with the devaluation of his 9c route bibliography.
Camille Coudert repeats Soudain Seul and gives a rating of 9a. The line is back in the running as the second 9a boulder in the world.
Shortly before his trip to Spain in November, Jakob Schubert tried to flash climb the 8c+ route Lichtblick. This video shows the attempt and what it means to score a difficult route on the first try.