The bottom half of the new line had already been climbed. It's a cool 7b+ and the new route moves from this line into a sweeping wave, with increasingly steep rock; there is no place to rest with crimps, slopers and sharp 2-finger pockets. The new line is technically demanding, relentless and mentally challenging!
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:27
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:30
At 43, Toni proves he still has explosive power when he needs it. The route Black Flag is named after a famous hard-core punk band and their non-conformist nature is also evident in how the route climbs.
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:42
For Arc´teryx athlete Thibaud Duchosal spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the best time for what he calls a ‘volcano experience’. He and his small crew of Argentinean pro skier Lucas Swieykoswski and French filmmaker Laurent Jamet, just came back from their South America trip. Their initial plan: three volcanoes in ten days - Lanin in Argentina plus Puyehue and Tronador in Chile.
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:35
Many pitches of steep ice followed. The ice was polished of all the spindrifts and brittle like glass”. Conditions like this continued in the upper part of the face where they expected to move fast again but got slowed down. In this steep icy terrain they could not find a place to bivy and had to continue. Finally at 2am, after 23 hours of breaking trail and climbing they reached a narrow ridge at 6320m where they placed the tent and got some rest.
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 00:25
Pure, athletic, powerful and just beautiful: Swiss Arc´teryx climber Nina Caprez sends “Hélix au pays des merveilles”. Her first 8c+ / 5.14c and the route´s first female redpoint.
Wed, 04/30/2014 - 13:20
Inspired by her 2013 ice climbing trip to Senja Island in Norway, Arc’teryx climbing athlete Ines Papert packed her bags in mid February and together with Austrian alpinist Rudi Hauser and Swiss photographer Thomas Senf travelled north to Norway once again.
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:28
“Uncertainty in adventure” is what drives Arc’teryx Athlete Luka Lindic and this spring the Slovenian native along with his fellow climbing partner Luka put that philosophy to the test when they attempted the Rolling Stones in Chamonix.
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:21
When thinking about Afghanistan most people envision deserts, rocky hills and more than three decades of war. Christoph Zürcher thinks of untouched mountains, deep snow and Afghan farmers with a newly discovered passion for winter sports. The Swiss journalist and skier started the Afghan Ski Challenge in Bamyan, 180km west of Kabul, four years ago. His goal was to introduce skiing, sport and appreciation of the Alpine environment. He just came back from this year’s race and talked with us about the event.
Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:24
This year’s “Kings of Dolomites” Pietro Celesia, Daniel Perathoer and Massimo Chicco were crowned recently in the center of San Martino di Castrozza. 200 participants found their way to the tiny alpine town in Italy to participate in the second annual photo contest. We decided to identify a few reasons why San Martino di Castrozza is the perfect place for a photo competition like the KOD.