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Northeast face of arwa tower finally climbed

In 1999 Mick Fowler and Steve Sustad after uneasy orienting at the Arwa Tower area (India's Garhwal Himalaya) made the first ascent of the Tower behind the right skyline (northwest face) on May, 7-14 (VI 5b A3 Scottish V/VI, 1000m).
Then members of the French High Mountain Military Group climbed Pilier Guilhem Chaffiol (6b, 14 pitches, 550m, Munoz-Miston-de Choudens and Muffat-Joly) on the northwest buttress and the French Route (4c M5 80 degrees, 500m, Pellissier-Savary) on the south face gully in May of 2002.
A Swiss team climbed the north face to the east ridge in the post-monsoon season five months later.
Of the newly-established northeast face, Fowler said: " It is a brilliant objective. " On early June Stephan Siegrist, Thomas Senf and Denis Burdet pioneered the iconic northeast face of Arwa Tower (6352m) in India's Garhwal Himalaya. The 900-meter climb goes at VI M5 5.9 A3.


K2 West Face Direct Russian National expedition: A two-man team Bolotov - Korobkov has reached 7000m

Expedition news of the last three days:

24.06.07 The duo Bolotov - Korobkov fixed the rope and climbed 1,5 pitches more and reached the boundary of 7000m, Penzov hauled the gear from 2 upward. All three guys descended for spending the night to ABC.

Kirievsky and Chorny descended to BC for rest.

Totmyanin's group lifted the cargoes to 2 and stayed for a night there. Sokolov's group left BC heading to ABC.

23.06.07 The duo Korobkov-Bolotov fixed the rope on a hanging site (Aid). Gennady Kirievsky straightened the ropes above 2. Tomjanin's group and Penzov hauled the gear from 1 to 2.

Bolotov's group spent the night: in 2, Totmyanin's group - in 1.

22.06.07 A duo Bolotov - Kirievsky fixed two pitches (Aid) of a vertical corner. The guys Penzov-Korobkov hauled the gear from 1 to 2. All the team spent the night in 2. The group led by Totmyanin and Nikolay Chorny took the luggage from ABC in 1. Shabalin's group descended to BC for rest.

22.06.2007 18:35 Two very interesting news: First. "Pavel Shabalin became a grandfather today: his newborn grandson is of 4,180 kg and 56 sm!!! Congratulations!!!
And the second. Gennady Kirievsky: "Wow! It looks like Jannu!"

Pavel Shabalin's group has just gone descended to BC. The happy grandfather, having taken off his boots and drunk the first glass for his grandson's health, he hastened to report the news from the wall:

"Bad weather partialy concurred with our setting off. On june, 19 we carried the gear and removed Camp 1 from 6000 m up to 6200 m on glacier's pillow. On June, 20 weather improved, and Il'yas Tukhvatullin and Andrew Mariev managed to fix the next 5 pitches on the route. On June, 21 they work together with Bolotov's group, fixed one more rope and found the site for Camp 2. Then descended to 6200m.
Alexey Bolotov and Gennady Kirievsky spent the night at Camp 2 (6750m, one tent) and today fixed the next two ropes (80 meters). The start of the bastion ia very steep and with hangings. "Wow! It looks like Jannu!", - summarized Gennady. By all accounts the lower part of the bastion could be the most difficult part of the route and the wall looks like a mixture of North Faces of Everest and Jannu - high altitude and very steep rocks. What will be farther?

Totmyanin and Shamalo today hauled the loads for Bolotov's group: they will spend the night in Camp 2 today in full complement. Tomorrow Bolotov's group will continue working on the route and then descend being changed by Totmyanin's group. Gleb Sokolov's group will climb to Camp 1 to carry the gear for them.

Temperatures on the lower part of the wall are really crazy, pending from -13C at night, up to +49C midday at 6200 m! There're extremely hot and very difficult to work. But at 6800 it's better - we can live there, because there's the wind... In ABC it's very hot from midday till 3-30 p.m. We use snowshoes on the glacier.

June 21: Two groups work at the bastion led by Pavel Shabalin's and Alexey Bolotov's. Camp 1 moved from 6000 to 6200 m. Camp 2 set at 6750 m, ropes fixed till 6830 m.

June, 18: The weather is still bad. But yesterday Shabalin's group left BC for ABC, and Bolotov's group left for ABC today.
June, 15: The weather worsened - as the forecast predicted. All the team is in BC.

June, 14: The team set Camp 1 at 6000 m, overcame berg and began to climb rock on the West Face.

"Krasnoyarsk" Karakorum Expedition 2007

Oleg Khvostenko reports:
"The team is in Skardu. Everything is OK.
Tomorrow the first group will trek to the mountains, the other guys stay here one more day to pack gear and to leave to Askole the day after tomorrow.

SMS from Cherezov: "We arrived in Skardu. The day after tomorrow we leave further on jeeps ."

Oleg Khvostenko reports:
We are in Chilas. It's a halfway to Skardu where we have to buy some food and pack our luggage. We are fine and go by two buses escorted by a group of trekking from Kemerovo. In total, 26 person.

The team reached Karachi and then Islamabad.


K2. West face. Photogallery

All photos (number: 18)

Chamonix. World Cup. Lead&Speed. Programme

On July, 12-14 the Cup medals (Lead and Speed) is going to be lead up in Chamonix.

Competition programme.

July, 10-11 - France Youth Championship (Lead)

July, 12, Thursday
Speed and Lead's qualification

07:00 Isolation zone opening
08:00 Isolation zone closing
08:30 Lines viewing (Men and Women)
09:00 - 15:30 Lead 1/4 final (Men and Women)

16:00 Isolation zone opening
17:00 Isolation zone closing
17:30 lines demonstration of viewing (Men and Women)
17:45 - 19:00 Qualification (Men and Women)
20:00 - 22:30 Speed Final (Men and the Women)
22:35 Prizegiving ceremony

July, 13, Friday

10:00 Isolation zone opening, 1/2 final
11:00 Isolation zone closing, 1/2 final
11:30 lines viewing (Men and Women)
12:00 - 15:00 1/2 final (Men and Women)

16:00 Isolation zone opening.
17:00 Isolation zone closing
20:00 - 22:30 Lead Finals (Men and Women)
22:45 Prizegiving ceremony

For any further questions contact:
Club des Sports de Chamonix
Place de l'eglise
BP 25
74401 Chamonix cedex

Tel: 0033450531157
Fax: 0033450536163

Sergey Bogomolov. 2 Expedition Start

22.06.07 Just previously to my departure I received the sad news about Viktor Kulbachenko's death. He and I together had to go through last year's tragedy on 2 in august 2006 but managed to survive. He was fond of skin diving and drowned last week. Cherished memory and my deep condolences to his relatives, friends.

23.06.07 I railway to Almaty across the Saratov area, Kazakhstan. Steppes and steppes... I was born in steppes and was growing surrounded by wheatears. I love the steppe open space. And I can not understand why I am engaged in mountaineering.

24.06.07 For the last three weeks I passed four countries. And there are heaps of rubbish everywhere! In Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan... The cellophane bag is well-flying everywhere- by the Arabian sea and the Volga's riverside. Why is the problem of recycling of life waste seemed insoluble?

Source: Sergey Bogomolov

Dima Sharafutdinov ph Anna Piunova, Mountain.RU
Date update: 24.06.2007
Dima Sharafutdinov&Natalia Gross win in Fiera di Primiero

All results

All photos (number: 2)

Date update: 25.06.2007
Valery Babanov: Expedition was stopped suddenly


Kunyang Chhish East (7400 m) and Pumari Chhish South (7350 m) expedition was stopped suddenly. We haven't even stepped on the route. Why?...It's a question...
My partner, Patrick Delany, turned not to be ready to the expedition's life.
I try to persuade him but in vain. He wanted nothing but go back home.
Details later
We'll be in Islamabad on 24th of June

Valery Babanov

Date update: 23.06.2007
Czech 2 Expedition. Tomo Cesen's route

Czech team is climbing Tomo Cesen's* route. Camp 3 is already settled.

The 4000 meter long Cesen route (also dubbed as the 'Basque route' or 'Spanish Route'), follows a spur, just on the right side of the South face, which leads to a shoulder at 7800m, where it joins the Abruzzi Spur route, above camp 3. It is technically slightly more demanding than the Abruzzi, but safer if the conditions are good.

* The Cesen Route was first climbed by the controversial Slovenian climber Tomo Cesen, who soloed the route in the tragic year of 1986 - 13 people died that season on K2. Cesen climbed the Spur but didn't summit, as he saw the terrible storm coming when he reached the shoulder, and retreated in time. The Slovenian was climbing without a permit, so there was no publication about the new line.
One year later, a Basque team led by climbed that same SSE Spur - believing they were the first - and continued on the Abruzzi up to 8350m. Slovenian Tomo Cesen (born in 1958) was a pioneer of solo climbing, and also a controversial character. Some of his claims have been discussed due to the lack of proof and the amazing speed he stated he had achieved. Among Cesen's disputed climbs is the fist ascent on the south face of Lhotse, a mighty wall which had become a myth of alpinism and which had defeated some of the best climbers of the time, including Jerzy Kukuczka - who perished there in 1989.
In spring, 1990 Tomo claimed he had soloed the face in 62 hours, but the pictures he provided as proof finally resulted to be someone else's. In fall that year a Soviet team completed the south face and summited, but via a different route than Cesen's.


All photos (number: 13)

Kuban Broad Peak Expedition 2007. The team reached C1 5700m and continue working

The team continues working. On June 19 the first group of four climbers reached camp 1 at 5700m for 7 hours heading through very deep snow.
The second group starts on June 20, the third one- on June 21.
The team hopes to be entered in promised weather window.

Moonflower Buttress: the first repeat of French Route on the North Buttress of Mt. Hunter 23 years after the first ascent.

Two Britts Andy Houseman and Jon Bracey have repeated French route North Butress (a.k.a. Moonflower, A3, MI 6), of Mt. Hunter first ascended by Benoit Grison, Yves Tedeschi in 1984.


Valery Babanov: Kunyang Chhish East (7400m) & Pumari Chhish South (7350 m) Expedition. Acclimatization is completed.

On May 13 we climbed the nearby mountain Ice Cake Mountain and slept not so far from the summit at 6350 m.
We did not climb just 50 m up to the summit because of a huge bergschrund. But it was not our aim to get the summit.
To climb this mountain was not our goal. The main task - acclimatization up to 6400 meter is completed and now we are ready to the real ascent: to climb Khunyang Chhish. But the weather forecast promises weather deterioration and we hope not for a long time.

For the third time to McKinley at the age of 70!

News from Talkeetna (Alaska).
The "Untravelled World" group has with its full complement ascended Mt. McKinley (6194 meters), Alaska, the highest summit of the Northern America.
Among team's members was Oleg Borisenok (70), a well-known climber from St.-Petersburg. For the first time he summited the mountain in 1977 as a member of the first Soviet expedition. Then - in 1986, and now in 2007. Thus, he holds his jubilee and thirtieth anniversary of the first Soviet McKinley ascent over a successful climb.

K2: Expedition chronicle

June, 10, 18.00 (Moscow time) communication.
The advanced group informs: the two first tents of ABC camp have been set. Six climbers spend the night in the camp: Pavel Shabalin, Il'as Tukhvatullin, Andrey Mariev, Gennady Kirievsky, Alexander Korobkov and Vadim Popovich.

June, 7, 2007
The team reached BC yesterday - the first expedition's stage is crowned with success one day previously than planned. Six climbers set off for reconnaissance of Savoya glacier to mark the way to Japanese camp and then to descend.
June, 4, 2007, 18.10 Moscow time. Victor Kozlov reports:
"The team reached Goro II camp. Having taken off "the ground" we can see only ice, snow and rocks. Weather is bad: in general, it's still winter here on Baltoro Glacier... We have passed more than half of our way up to the base camp currently approaching K2 West face. some problems arise with porters. Oh, I quite forgot to tell that we had bought a yak in Askole and now Il'as Tukhvatullin is punching and taking care of it. Tomorrow we will go to Concordia. "Tough as it is for our climbers, the main concern right now is for the porters, in order to reach BC," added Nickolay Totmyanin. "They are having trouble with continuously walking everyday - we need to check the weight of the loads again."
Nikolay Totmyanin adds: "If the first three days we were sunning ourselves but now trekking the glacier we have to put on all the warmest clothes. We live in Spartan order - waking up early, having fast breakfast. The caravan is huge, therefore break on time between the first and last porter is about 2 - 2,5 hours. Visibility is poor, there are clouds, mis, but today the clouds parted and let us to see Masherbrum."
The porters present surprises to us every day - all the time they weigh and outweigh the things staying dissatisfied by something. It would like to trust, that all of them will reach the final destination. As for us, all the climbers will do that without problems, but the porters... We'll see.
Our Liaison Officer is a clever guy. He's bringing a lot of books to read in BC. Our greetings to all of you! The places are certainly, tremendous here!

Combined team of Krasnoyarsk region: new expedition Karakorum 2007 started.

The main aim is Broad Peak.
After the successful winter ascent on Ak-Su the climbers from Krasnoyarsk are heading to the big mountains. This time the team has two different aims. The first one - the hardest big wall climb in Trango Massif that presents steep peaks of about 6000 meters with the walls of overall up to 2 kilometers.
The second aim is Broad Peak (8047m) ascent. Nobody from the climbers has been on any 8-thousander. And the plan of their trainers is obvious: to prepare well within team's range to climb such difficult high-altitude walls.
Team's members: V.Arkhipov, E.Belyaev, J.Glazyrin, A.Komissarov, A.Litvinov, I.Loginov, A.Mikhalitsin, D.Prokof'ev, O.Khvostenko, S.Cherezov and A.Yanushevich.
Coach: N.Zakharov, doctor: A.Kukharev. The group of support will accompany the team. On June 20 the team takes off for Pakistan from Moscow.

Charlotte Durif bags another 8c

Last week, Charlotte Durif made the first ascent of Mick et le secret de lachambre noire, 75m/8c, first try (after 3h working on the route). The grade proposed in the guide book is 8c and Charlotte confirms as it is harder than all the 8b+'s she did before. "The mooves are harder than in le Nabab and le Cyclope (St-L?ger) and there is no rest. Charlotte also made three 8b's on sight: Parfum de sagesse, Le dieu des ailes and Le plaisir qui d?monte. 16-year-old Charlotte is #9 in the world ranking.


Adam Ondra (14) penalized for using chalk.

Adam Ondra (14)has been penalized by the Czech mountaineering association for using chalk in a sandstone area (on such routes as:
Pekna usta, oci zelene XIc and Bozi muka Xb, in the sandstone areas around Zleb (Labe valley, Elbetal), in the north of the Republic). The association will reduce his grant with 10 %. Why is chalk forbidden in this area?


Daniel Woods visits the Temple: four 8A's, one 8A+, one 8B and the 3rd ascent of 8b+ for a week.

Daniel Woods spent late last week at The Temple. In two days Mr Woods managed to climb four 8A's (flashing one, Shi-toma), one 8A+, one 8B and finished off with the 3rd ascent of the 35 move traverse called The Saadhu, which is graded 8B+. John Cardwell did the 2nd ascent late last year and mentioned 8c+/9a route grade could also apply.


Yuji Hirayama
Photo: Anna Piunova, Mountain.RU
2nd 8c on-sight by Hirayama

Japanese Grandmaster, Yuji Hirayama did his second 8c on-sight this past Saturday. The route is called Pata Negra (37m, Rodellar, Spain) and has previously been onsighted by Patxi Usobiaga (second on-sjght in July 2006) and Tomas Mrazek (first on-sight in September 2005). In only eight days of climbing in Spain Yuji did one 8c, four 8b+'s, three 8b's, eight 8a+'s, and one 8a on sight, making it one of, if not THE, most impressive onsight sprees ever. "Grading are not sure but i did a lot of volume of on-sighting and anyway at the end i did one 8c on sight that was the best part for me this time."


Acclimatization and days of rest

We need to get a good acclimatization (at least 6400 m) for our light Alpine style, without organizing intermediate camps and fixing ropes.

Due to the unstable weather conditions and snowing last couple of days, we were able to rich only 5500 m of our acclimatization.

The next acclimatization attempt for 2-3 days is planning to be done on June 8th.


4th Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rally, 17 - 21 June 2007

Michel Gau, last years winner, starts the race on 17 June 2007 with riding number 1, just as he announced last August. Dakar winners and specialists like Cyril Despres, David Casteau (both FRA) and Frans Verhoeven (NED) take up the challenge as well as the rest of the 150 participants from 20 nations.

25 Pros from ten nations, 66 Experts in teams of two or three riders, among them also one woman - the Austrian Lisi Mucha, and 58 Hobby riders, also in teams for the first time the number of participants at the Red Bull Romaniacs has thus reached three figures. How many of the 150 riders will actually reach the finishing line in Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007, after the prologue and four days on difficult terrain? According to what we have experienced in the past years about one third wont reach the finishing line, says Dakar Finisher and Organizer Martin Freinademetz.


Nelly Kudrova and Adam Ondra win Petrohradske PADani boulder competition 2007

The 2007 annual PADani boulder competition ran in Petrohrad village (western Bohemia). The sportsmen from all over Central Europe and even beyond and of course the Czech elite climbers Adam Ondra, Martin Stranik, Rosta Stefanek, Silva Rajfova took part in the competitions. The main prizes this year went to Nelly Kudrova and Adam Ondra - he is got much more mature and looks like Garry Potter :-).

Gambatte ne, Dai san!

Dai Koyamada done the FA of his link project in the Japanese crag Horai, naming it Spectator and suggesting 9a as the grade. The new route is a link of his two lines of 8c+: Koemma (or Ko-Enma) and Meta Force Extention. It took him more than 100 tries to link two routes together.

News from Russian expedition on K2

02.06.2007 13:00 The team left Askole on May, 31 and reached Baltoro glacier. There is a problem with porters.
Victor Kozlov calls at 12.12 MOSCOW TIME: "On May, 30, in the morning we left by jeeps from Skardu to Askole. On May 31 we left Askole trekking upwards. We could find only 360 porters, but we need about 170 ones more. Nikolay (probably, Nickolay Cherny - team's coach, the words sounded jammed due to very unstable communication) remained to solve this question. We spent one night in Jhulu, and now - are in Paiju. Tomorrow we leave in Urdukas. We have the April weather: the sun changes the rain and otherwise. Greetings to all of you. As soon as we get to base camp, we will read all the messages at the forum and write you too. Thanks for your support ".

01.06.2007 18:00
The most part of the Northern territories of Pakistan (including mountains 2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, etc) now are in the zone of subtropical strong winds anomalously has been prevailing there for last 10 days and causing low overcast after afternoon, poor visibility and snowfalls in the high mountains. The temperature is subnormal on 4-6 degrees for the early June. Such situation will hold within 8-10 days, except for the short "window" in 1-2 days. Such steady subtropical wind is adverse for ascents on many summits, however from the second week of June such weather improvement will come. According the sum of signs the monsoon can come in the Northeast areas of Pakistan on 7-10 days later than usual.
(information: Mohammed Hanif, the senior meteorologist of Pakistan)

31.05.2007 10:00
Today the team has a very intense and important day. In Askole they have to give out all the luggage into many parts for porters.
In Pakistan the trade union keeps strict watch the maximal weight of a cargo of every bag not to exceed 20 kg. Therefore all of them will be carefully weighed on the special weights at presence of sirdar - the chief of expedition's porters. Much things and first of all how soon and successfully all the caravan will reach base camp depends on how well the sirdar works and enters into relations with the head of expedition. It was ordered 500 porters: they should be provided by ATR company, but, probably the team will employ some people in Askole in situ. For the small settlement of Askole and neighboring villages such army of workers and the opportunity to earn additionally is quite an occasion, especially during such time - the majority of expeditions will start later.

Konstantin Savel'ev: News from Spain

"Our small company is in Rodellar again.
Climbing for previous couple of days proved fruitful: two 8 onsight for training, 8b + and 8b, as well and 8 + ... just for the road.

P.S. We are freezing here"...

Valery Babanov's Expedition: Kunyang Chhish East (7400 m) and Pumari Chhish South (7350 m)

Base camp under Kuniang Chhish is settled.
On May, 28 we settled base camp at 4300 m.
The 3-kilometer Wall is well seen directly from the base camp Kuniang Chhish.
Weather is unstable for a while.
On May, 29 we made the first acclimatization climb with spending the night at 4800m.
On May, 30 it was a day of rest.
Weather has improved and on June, 1 we plan to make the second acclimatization climb for 2 days.

9a by Cedric Lachat

Cedric Lachat needed three days to repeat Underground, 9a, at Massone, Arco. The route, which was first climbed by Manfred Stuffer (or was it Hirayama?) back in the late 20th century, is characterized by steep, hard bouldery sections between rests.


Valery Babanov's expedition: first news

We arrived to Islamabad at 6:30 am on May, 23. We had lot of deals to make and a heap of questions to settle. I cannot believe that it is possible to do all that things for one day, but we managed to do.
First of all we were very glad that all our cargo and gear delivered sound as often happens on every step. We know that from experience of the last expeditions organized by our friends.
It was a very eventful day: a meeting with Nazir Sabir, the head of our inviting company, a briefing in Alpine Club of Pakistan , buying food, a meeting with our cook, by the way he appeared a very pleasant man with long expeditional experience. - Well, we will examine that soon.
At the end of the day we had a dinner in the restaurant. Unfortunately I did not manage to meet the guys from Russian K-2 expedition, I just did not have free time.
On May, 24 at 6.00 am we left Islamabad, drove 350 km for 14 hours and very exhausted we arrived to the small settlement of Chilas.
On May, 25 at 5.00 am we started from Chilas and at 3.00 pm reached to Karimbad. We were deeply smitten with the beauty of these places. Karimbad is located at 2300 m. Everything around is lapped in green and direct from the settlement the magnificent views on the most beautiful tops - Mt. Ultar (7400 m.) and Mt. Rakaposhi (7787 m.) opens. In Karimbad we bought additional food and met the assistant of our cook.
On May, 26 we got to the last settlement of Hispar located at 3000 m where solved some questions with porters.
Early in the morning on May, 27 Patrick and I together with our cook and his assistant and a caravan of 30 porters started a two-day track heading to the mountains aside base camp Kuniang Chhish


News from Sergey Bogomolov

29.05.07 Now we are in Karachi. That's really out of sight!!!! Finally we succeeded at getting the airport. I had been waited for the helicopter for some days since May 25. And started to write a story about our climb pending the helicopter and seeing the Mountain that seems to open new features of her character to our pleasure. On May 28 I was taken aboard the hely and flied to Pokhara, then by plane to Katmandu and right away from the airport headed to the hotel to pack my belongings. Emil did a great work: had got all the gear to the in the airport otherwise we got all the chances to get in traffic because of the strike. We will arrive to Moscow at 12.45 PIA on May, 30 flight 243.

Tyler Landman has repeated Ode to the Modern Man

Tyler Landman has repeated Daniel Woods' Ode to the Modern Man, 8B+/C. Daniel settled his FA at 8C, but it seems Tyler has chosen to log his ascent as a World class, hard 8B+.
The guy put in 3 days work for his ascent that means the route to be not so easy.


Today, on 25 February Piolet d'Or (Golden Ice Axe) yearly award will be presented in Grenoble, France.

All nominees are assembled. In some minutes the hanging committee opens representation of the projects - the most important alpine achievements over the past year.

In the evening just past midnight (Moscow time) the Winners will be announced.

Check out on the Mountain.RU: NOMINEES PIOLET D'OR 2004

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Hi, everybody!
Now it's 5 am on local time. We had to cease efforts to ascend Fitz Roy because of an objective danger of the route: a huge ice-fall hangs over the couloir and it's constantly under ice bombardment. We decided to change our plans and to climb Saint Exupery peak (2558m). We are going to start, summit and descend this day. The weather forecast is good for the first half of the day, but for the second is bad. We will try to work faster. Wish us good luck.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Hi, everybody.
Yesterday we descended in Chalten and in the very nick of time - got right into a global climbing party. The party was terrific and we had a great time. As always, Russian songs headed the bill. Alexander's singing already became a legend in Chalten. People recognize him in the street and almost nearly ask for an autograph.

Our climb was rather uneasy - the route appeared very long and difficult. We had to haul a lot of gear as the route includes practically all elements: difficult rock-climbing, AID-climbing, ice and snow climbing. We did our best and showed a good result - for the first day we climbed the ice-fall, made 11 pitches up to the Col and 18 pitches after it and stop to spend the night sitting on a small ledge under the traverse. It was cold but according to the Patagonian measures rather tolerable as it could be much worse. Since the morning we quickly traversed and met a great company of British climbers descending to base camp after four day-climbing the route. They were impressed very much at our technique and speed of climb, and later, on the party they invited us to arrive in U on annual international forum. In the same place we met Slovenian familiar girls Tanya and Monica that had luck this time: they found courage to return after a week-old failure and summited after a three-day climb.

After the traverse we made four pitches more. The sun was already shining with all his might. It was the 4-th day of ideal sun weather. We prayed on good weather and we had it. However it brought us the main problem. Under the sun's rays the summit ice mushroom, hanging above a vertical headwall, began to thaw and crumble. When we got under it, the collapse of ice-blocks drew to a head. Every pitch more and more ice fell from above. Making the 4-th pitch we had to shelter from the ice bombardment with our backpacks for some minutes and to take advantage of a 30-second break to climb some meters more. It became too dangerous. And we decided that living is high and bailed being overpowered by nature. And it was not for nothing. Traversing back and being already in safe place we saw a great ice collapse falling on our route and sweeping away everything on the way. Really, we realized that the danger was over.

Slovene girls descended this dangerous dihedral before us, but they were not such lucky - Monica was rather seriously injured and fractured rib. But all the same, they were very pleased indeed.

For the same reason this day Dean Potter did not manage to summit Torre Egger, Thomas Huber bailed too, the Austrians Toni and Marcus stop climbing Cerro Torre via Maestri -Egger route. Too good weather appeared good-for-nothing for climb in Patagonia.

Now we are reviving in Chalten and plan to leave on Fitz Roy to climb the American route. This time the weather is bad, but according weather forecast we will have a weather window on Monday. And on Monday we will leave Polish camp site at the foot of Fitz Roy. We have no enough time, in a week we have to leave back. So if they do not prove the weather window, we will not climb at all. It will not be easy to get under the route: we have to go through rather dangerous place - a couloir between Fitz Roy and Poincenot with hanging above huge ice seracs. We will try to work quickly.

Wish us of good luck.
Leonid, Alexander, Olga.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Hi! Having climbed the Mountain for two days we had to descend yesterday. We were too close to summit but got into a violent icefall right under the summit mushroom. Thank Heaven we are safe and sound but it was too dangerous there and decided to stop climbing and descend. Now we have a rest. We'll inform you about our further plans.
That's all on for today. Take care.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Hi everybody!
Yesterday we descended to El Chalten. Three days ago we hired horses and moved our base camp (150 kg!) in Camp-Bridwell. Campamento Bridwell at Lago Torre is a very cosy camping area embowered in trees. A stunning view at Cerro Torre massif opens from there. There are a lot of aspiring Cerro Torre climbers and trekkers living there now. Weather was wonderful. However toward evening surprisingly beautiful clouds of fantastic colors and shapes reminding UFOs appeared in the sky. It's the typical sign of an impending storm.

At night there was a nasty turn in the weather indeed, however the next day it improved again and we moved forward to Norwegian-camp at the foot of Cerro Torre. Having humped our heavy backpacks (about 40kg each) we made good time crossing 10 km onto a huge glacier, moraines and loose talus for 11 hours. Well, later we were requited for our uneasy trek.

Dean PotterA good company consisting of Dean Potter and his wife, Thomas Huber, climbers from Austria and Slovenia met us at Norwegos (Norwegian camp). Dean, his wife Stephanie and Thomas told that the Austrians first and they after them were going to start at midnight. And Dean really wanted to b.a.s.e.-jump from Cerro Torre summit.

Tomas HuberTowards evening a Slovene two-woman team returned from ascent to the base camp. Monica and Tanya on hearsay were the first female team summited Fitzroy. They were very pleased and cheerful as they returned safe and sound. The day before (right when we were admiring clouds in Bridwell) they got into a violent storm. They did not have even waterproof gloves and their descent was rather difficult. In spite of the fact that they did not climb the last 4 pitches up to the top and bailed their mood was wonderful. Really everybody here are enamoured of climbing in itself. It does not matter if you manage to summit or not.

Having spent the white night under stones at Norwegos we moved further. Under the plan we had to climb towards the Col where to spend the night. But on our way we were informed on a satellite phone about bad weather forecast for the nearest 3 days. It seemed to be the truth because since the morning the summit was tightened with dark clouds with lightning flashed in. Thus everywhere except for Cerro Torre the weather was good. Fitzroy (just in 3 km) was absolutely clear of cloud. We dropped the backpacks and went further with light baggage - to get limbered up and look at the route condition. On our way we met the Slovenes who bailed their climb due to the bad weather and then Dean Potter and Thomas Huber. They did not want to ask for trouble too climbing through bad weather. Thomas appeared a very pleasant guy, smiling and thanking a lot when we suggested them to throw off the rope for rappelling.

Austrians & SashaThe ice-fall leading to the rocks under the Col was strongly softened under the bright sun. Getting over a bergschrund, we had to climb a hanging wall covered with softened granulated snows. Tools did not hold in general, even when having been hammered on the shaft, they went further deep under pressing. We moved trying to find slices of firm ice, in size of a coin. Probably, the summit ice mush-room is in the same condition. But, as people speak "it's possible".

As the result we climbed halfway up to the col. Rocks were wet with ice sites in places and we climbed in crampons. When small avalanches began to collapse we gave up and descended right up to Bridwell-camp.

Cerro Torre at dawnNow we are in Chalten attached ourselves to an excellent company: Leo Houlding and Kevin Thaw, Thomas Huber singing his songs to a guitar, Dean, cheerful guys from Slovenia and a lot of others. Yesterday we had a good party in our camping singing Russian songs on happy three voices to a guitar too.

Leo and Kevin just summited Fitzroy, Cazarotto route (North ridge). They had expected to climb the route for one day (under the description it's difficultly no more than 6b, and the guys are the real experienced climbers of 8-graded lines). However the route appeared very complex. They had to spend 2 cold nights on the wall without sleeping bags and a stove, meal and water. They were heated putting on backpacks on a head. After they descended Leo was sleeping for two days and then was drinking nonstop one day more. Now he is as sober as a judge, and they'll leave tomorrow for the next climb: this time it is El Mocho turn.

Dean and Stephanie yesterday descended to Bridwell and tomorrow are going to Norwegos. They want to try to summit Cerro Torre all the same. We'll leave tomorrow too. We decided to try to start directly from Norwegos in alpine style not to bivy at the Col. It would be hard. All the route includes about 40 pitches. We'll start at night on Monday. We have a good forecast on Monday - Tuesday, but on Wednesday the weather will start to spoil.

We'd like to hug tight all of you,
Alexander, Leonid, Olga.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Hi, everybody. Today we finally climbed up to Norwegian camp site. It took us rather much time.
People say that there is a bad weather forecast for the day after tomorrow and we do not know really what to do. We need two days to try for the summit.

Tomorrow we will climb hardly upper and spend the night on a shoulder's bergschrund there. Thomas Huber and Dean Potter plan to start climbing in 2 hours and ascend all the night, i.e. tomorrow to reach the top and then Dean Potter wants to make a b.a.s.e.-jump right from the summit.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
Leonid Kozlov and Alexander Lastochkin reports:
Our greetings to everybody! Yesterday we reached Base Camp and homed in it. We found a lot of people there. Thomas Huber told us about his brother Alex Huber that had to left home because had wounded his eye (at least the story runs that). Weather has been standing magnificent for three days, and it hurts us that we arrived so late. We are afraid, that good weather will not hold for some days more and we will not have time to ascend. Tomorrow we are going to climb up to Norwegian camp site and , the day after tomorrow we plan to get the Col and if the weather is good we will make a summit push the next day.

That is all there is to it for today.

Expedition of Russian Adventure Team Alpindustria - Cerro Torre (Patagonia)-2005
We flied almost lost-free. Only two backpacks with our belongings, sleeping bags, etc. and a tent were lost en route. But as people say money makes the mare go and we are going to buy needed gear in El Calafate where we will take off tomorrow.

And in Buenos Aires the real summer holds. They are dancing tango in the streets, beggars and paperboys are passing to and fro. The day is sweaty. Tomorrow we take off for El Calafate.

We'd like to hold you in our arms.
Alxander, Leonid, Olga.

Things are shaking down rapidly. They found Olga's backpack and delivered it. In an hour our plane departs to El Calafate. Our greetings to everybody.

Today we arrived from Buenos Aires in El Calafate. Cerro Torre and Fitzroy were visible from the plane. The sky is grotesque here. Low torn clouds, absolutely flat, bear heavily on your mind.

As expected we bought all needed things in El Calafate. You can't pick and choose here because practically all the things sold there are made by one local company...

There was only one terrible tent and we had to buy it unconscious of how to use it. But there was no other alternative. And we bought a cool newest down sleeping bag in weight of 700g.

Tomorrow at 7 a.m. we leave in Chalten by bus. This journey will take us for 5 hours.

Alxander, Leonid, Olga.


 Ines PapertHarald Berger

Harald Berger and Ines Papert are the World and European Ice Boulder Champions

In the Super Final in Valle di Daone the Austrian and German beat Herbert Klammer from Italy and Natalia Koulikova from Russia.

Simon Wandeler from Switzerland and Jenny Lavarda from Italy placed third.

For full news reports and a great photo gallery by Giulio Malfer, please visit:


The team successfully summited on January 29!
On January 29 the guys woke up early in the morning (4 a.m.) and started their summit bid. After they climbed the summit bastion and narrow rocky ridge, all the team reached the Kodar's summit at 9.00. Temperature was negative 43, but weather was breathless. That day all of them safe and sound descended to the base camp toward evening.

Such fast ascent's ending appeared unexpected for a lot of fans. We were adjusted for waiting for good news for some days. As it turned out during communication Kodar-Krasnoyarsk Nikolay omitted mention of the bottom 4-5 pitches of an abrupt snow-ice couloir they had climbed. Thus, all the route is really of 22 pitches, extent of its wall part - 17 pitches.

All the plans have been completely accomplished. The team prepares for returning. Term of return depends on helicopter's availability in Taksimo and good weather.

We congratulate and wait for the winners!

We have already climbed a half of the route. We abide by the schedule. On January 24 we made 3 pitches, it's a record for the present time. Yesterday we made only one pitch. Today two-man team of Dmitrienko and Tsyganov is next in turn to fix the rope on the route. In total, since 19 of January we made 13 pitches - it's approximately a half of the route. Yesterday the team in its full complement took off and now is making themselves at home in a tent settled in a small rocky niche that was found in the area of 12-th pitch.

We decided not to take off the fixed rope for extreme descent in case of bad weather. Today is negative 34, but a thermometer has already registered -38 and-40 degrees centigrade. The wall is very cold and all ice-covered due to its exposition: within all the day any stream of sun does not reach its slopes. Large monolithic blocks, corners, chimneys are characteristic parameters of wall's terrain structure. It's hard to organize a safe belay. We use sky-hooks to climb very firm granite plates, but it's really difficult. Steepness is up to 80 degrees in places, but the top part of the route seems more abrupt on the average.

Everything is lovely in the base camp. The warmed tent Rock Pillars is worth its keep. When it's made up the fire in it we have about +20 inside. Under the wall we dug a good cave for 6 people. The area is very interesting, wild: there is not any local habitation, hunting shelters or man's traces. Loginov and Sikilinda climbed a beautiful winter 5B-graded route on the next (left) mountain spending 2 days for fixing the rope and one day for the summit push. The other free members of our expedition climbed less complex routes 1B- and 2A-graded.

We keep shootings a film about our expedition. In spite of the fact that the camera is frequently freezing, we have already shot an hour and a half. Misha Vershinin actively works. Now it's full of the moon, and Mike is shooting even in the moonlight. Unfortunately, there is no opportunity to send photos. And we can only receive SMS-messages but not send them.

Keep in touch with us!

For two days the guys made two complex pitches more. For two days the guys made two complex pitches more. In total 9 pitches are climbed. Firm granite, cold, ice-covered rocks. Today Prokof'ev and Belyanin are working. They have to find a convenient site for the first hanging camp. Temperature is negative 30.

New world champions in ice-climbing. January, 21-22, The 2nd World Championships for Difficulty- and Speed Ice Climbing and the 1st Swiss Ice Climbing Masters in Difficulty and Speed, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

In ice-climbing organizers do not want to peddle cups: if they carry out something it will be a championship. The results of World Championship-2005 were summed up: Austrian Hari Berger and Petra Muller from Switzerland won Difficulty and Evgeny Kryvosheytsev from Ukraine and Natalia Kulikova from Russia were the first in speed.


Difficulty. Men

1 BERGER Hari (Austria)
2 ANTHAMATTEN Simon (Switzerland)
3 LEICHTFRIED Albert (Austria)

4 BENDLER Markus (Austria)
5 ANTHAMATTEN Samuel (Switzerland)
6 WANDELER Simon (Switzerland)
7 KRYVOSHEYTSEV Evgeny (Ukraine)
8 ODERMATT Urs (Switzerland)

Difficulty. Women

1 MULLER Petra (Switzerland)
2 PAPERT Ines (Germany)
3 MAUREAU Stephanie (France)

4 BUCHMANN Kirsten (Germany)
5 TORRETTA Anna (Italy)
6 EYER Alexandra (Switzerland)
7 FILIPPOVA Maryam (Russia)
8 SHABALINA Maria (Russia)

Speed. Men

1 KRYVOSHEYTSEV Evgeny (Ukraine)
2 FAYZULLIN Igor (Russia)
3 CHVED Nikolai (Russia)

4 HOFER Lars (Switzerland)

Speed. Women

1 KOULIKOVA Natalia Russia
2 OLEINIKOVA Joulia Russia
3 TORRETTA Anna Italy

Photo: Hari Berger. Author: Giulio Malfer,

On Saturday January, 22, Sergey Borisov was killed in an automobile accident in Ekaterinburg. I do not know, what I can add any more. Suddenly I realized that I have nothing to say if it happens to my friends... because it is not right..

Sergey Borisov

Master of Sport of International Grade
For a long time he was the captain of Sport Club of Army of Ural military region.
He became four times champion of USSR, twice champion of Russia, numerous prize-winner of different national championships.

The last climber who was called as "The best climber of the USSR" (1990 and 1991) just before USSR's disintegration.

1990 - won the USSR championship in a technical class (Fanskie mountain) having ascended 8 summits for 13 days (six 5B-graded routes and two 6).

1991 - the USSR championship, a rocky class, Karavshin gorge of the Turkestansky ridge. The team of Alexander Klenov, Sergey Borisov, Michael Bruk, Igor Bugachevsky, Michael Donskikh, Alexander Solodovnikov summited peaks "Slesova", "Asan" and won "the gold".

1991 - the USSR championship, a technical class, Aksu gorge of the Turkestansky ridge. The team of Sergey Borisov, Alexander Klenov, Michael Brook, Michael Donskikh, Alexander Kolesov, Alexander Limarenko summited Admiralteets, Iskander, A.Blok and won "the gold".

2002 - Everest via Northern col.

2004 - Jannu North Face, summiter


Everything is turning out well. We dug a cave and sorted out the problem of fire wood. Three two-man teams (Prokofiev-Belyaev, Dmitrienko-Tsyganov, Tsygankov - Cherezov) worked alternating on the route for 3 days and made 7 pitches. It became warmer a little, -20, snowfalls. The Wall is ice- and snow-covered.

It's snowing, temperature is -20. 5 pitches are made.

Kodar-2005. Nikolay Zakharov called: We continue to make our base camp more comfortable. There is a lot of snow. We clear away the beaten track to the wall. It's -35. Our greetings to everybody!

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma. First wimter ascent
Till the end this expedition was very hard
After the summit and the attempt form Jacek and Darek, they braked for the horrible wind and temperature (more than - 40 degree) it begins to snow and it bad weather continue. We decided to try to go to Nyalam, the first village, where we did start our trek one month ago. There we will take the jeeps to Kathmandu.

The day before we start our descent adventure we lost our Kitchenboy Chiring, who went to ABC to take down the last things.. In the evening he didnt come back to BC and we was very worry. All together we went out in the darkness and the storm, looking for him. We thought about the worst, because the temperature was very low and it had snow a lot. Luckily Chiring organised by himself one bivac 2 ours far from BC, when he understood the difficulty of the situation. But we pasted a very bad night.

The they after we Chiring arrived in BC and we all were very happy to see him. But one other dramatic adventure was starting. At 12:30 we started from BC at 5200 meters to Nyalam at 3750 and 25 km far. Nobody from us thought, that only after some ours we would find storm, - 30 degree, fog and snow sometimes till our waist!!! We needed 14 ours without stop, fighting with the elements and in the darkness, before we arrived with totally cold in Nyalam. My small finger is black and all the other fingers I have only partially sensibility. The others are only tired from the exhausting work and some small frostbite in the face (also I have.). More than one time we finished in the icy water from the river, because he was covert by thin ice and snow, that broken when we passed over. Other times the snow was so deep and powdery near to impossible to go on. At 3:30 Peking time Piotr and I reached the place where we slept when we did go up. The others came a little later and at last Jan after some ours. I think our looks were not so nice, because the people observed us long..

The day after we droved by the jeep to Zangmu, the boarder to Nepal. There we take showers and sauna for 3 ours non-stop!!!

Today we arrived at Kathmandu. On more shower and now we are preparing to go out from our Hotel and I want to eat a big beef and make party for be back to the normality.

P.S. Today, the 20th of January the CTMA certificated our summit with the sentence first winter Summit as the first winter summit from Shisha Pangma, maked by Simone Moro ITA and Piotr Morawski POL at the 14th of Januray


Svetlana Boldykova(24.01.2005)
From January 15-23, 2005 the 2005 Snowboard World Championships took place in Whistler, Canada.
On January 18 Russians sportsmen showed good results: at Women's Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS - Olympic discipline) Svetlana Boldykova became the second, Ekaterina Tudigescheva - the forth and at Men's Parallel Giant Slalom Denis Salagaev was the ninth.

On January 19 at Parallel Slalom Denis became only 13th and Svetlana - 12th. The world championship is carried out twice a year.

And against rather sad results of Russian skiers in technical sports (slalom, giant slalom) success of our snowboarding team is impressing.



Ines Papert breaks record in Ouary Ice Park, USA
Igor Ivashura, CYKHAX ENT, Munich, informs:
This girl just went and did that left behind all the monsters of ice-climbing and showed the best result among men and women on the tenth annual "Ouary Ice Festival" (USA)!!!

Ines Papert won Difficulty event with the best time 19:53 and thousand spectators could enjoy her sending the most complicated mixed line in the artificial ice canyon. She was the unique women made TOP - really that was not a sensation, but that fact that her time was the best by the end of the competitions went through like a packet of salts! A cool Canadian athlete Will Gadd yielded this fragile German girl almost for two minutes, and Harry Berger from Austria - much more than that. It is fair to say that Will Gadd sent a final line without "Heelhooks" manner and that took much more time to send. Well, this result and sending the route of "Vertical Limit" are confirmed Ines's high class and unconditional leadership among all the masters of frozen water.

The tenth annual festival "Events in Ouary" (Salt Lake City, Utha) became unqualified success of its Organizers, some thousand spectators were obvious confirmation to that. The conditions for ice-climbing in Ouary canyon were simply phenomenally good. And slide shows and a fashion parade of exclusive sports mark "Arc'teryx" completed even without that interesting evening programs.

Ines's result is really unique.

The Chief of Black Diamond European branch said: "Ines is very cool. I do not know any woman in athletic sports in which a girl could become better, than the best man!"

Total report

1 22:47 WILL GADD
3 14:10 SEAN ISAAC
4 21:20 ROB OWENS
13 16:42 ADAM STACK
5 13:53 SUE NOTT

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Georgian Mountain, Adventure and Extreme Film Festival N I A M O R I
In January-March 2005, in Georgia (former Soviet Union) Tbilisi will host the second annual Mountain Film Festival Niamori


18.01.05 Zakharov called from base camp:
16.01 The bad weather was.
17.01 We finally got to the area of ascent. The gorge is so narrow that the helicopter could not find any convenient site to land and we were dropped in deep snow from a hovering helicopter.

The Wall justifies our expectations: impressive, severe, tempting. It's very abrupt and has altitude difference not less than 1000m. We set a camp in 3 kilometers from the Wall. Woodland is insignificant there.

Today the part of our team went downwards the gorge for preparation of fire wood for the stove, and the others went to break trail to Wall's foot. Yesterday the temperature in Taksimo was negative 40, but in the gorge it is a little bit warmer.

Our greetings to everyone who is a fan of us!

14.01.2005 Our Expedition started.

Check out on the Mountain.RU: Kodar range, Czarsky Tron (Czar's Throne, 2500) New Route, 6B, 1000 meters SW wall

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma. First wimter ascent
Bad weather. Since 3 days is snowing and obviously the yak can not start from Nyalam and come to base camp to take all our equipment and transport to the village that is 25 km from here. In the meantime we celebrate the success play cart, or chess, reading books and also waiting boring for the sun....



"Russian Pumori Team" Expedition
Vladimir Belousov informs:
Yesterday, 14.01, we left C2 at 6100 heading to C3 at 6500 and somewhere at 6300 were rested against a crevasse of about one kilometer long and failed to get over it. Usually it is tight, but now looks freshly open. And as we were going in Alpine style... Plus other problems: Pavel was ill, all of us were tired a bit. Therefore we decided to descend.

One of these days the guys come back, but I want to be late a little and stay here to take a walk. Our greetings to all of you.

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
Simone Moro and Piotr Morawski summited today at 13.15. We followed the Yugoslavian route on the south face of Shisha Pangma.
Yesterday we fixed ropes to the col, set up the Camp II, and today we decided for a summit push. The wind was strong, reaching 30-35 m/s. After 5 hours of fast climbing we summited.

This is first winter ascent on Shisha Pangma in history (callendar winter started 21st December) and we can truly say that in typical winter conditions (strong wind, no snow, a lot of ice). Now only six 8000 meters peaks are waiting for its first winter ascents...

Simone and Piotr reached the col and put up Camp 2 on 7400!
Today morning we took the tent (heavy but we wanted C2 to be comfortable), sleeping bags and food. We climbed very fast because we wanted to reach the col. On 7300 we started also to fix. Most of today climbing was on the rocky part, not difficult, but dangerous (moving stones and not solid rock). When we reached the col it was already in shadow, and it was extremely cold. During setting up the tent we observed that a part of the ridge is little protected from this terrible, strong and freezing wind. A big part of the ridge is of course not protected, but... So we decided to try summit tomorrow! Cross fingers!...

Simone and Piotr

Petites Jorasses. First free climbing "Omega" route Britons Nick Bullock and Stuart MacAleese became the third team climbed historical Patrick "Gab" Gabarrou's and Ferran Latorre's route "Omega" on Petites Jorasses (Mt. Blanc), (700m, VI/5+,A3).

It is worthwhile to say that Nick and Stuart sent the route clean, i.e. free climbed. Nick already tried the route last year but fell and broke his anklebone, and this year he returned there with MacAleese to have luck again on 13-pitch mixed route. All the route took them four days, from which two full days they were climbing.


Ice-climbing. Jenny Lavarda and Hannes Pfeifhofer are the champions of Italy
The second stage of the Italian Ice-climbing championship "ITALIAN ALPINE CUP" finished at the last weekend in Val Passiria .
At men having got over all the grandees and merited runners as Bubu Mauro Bole and Herbert Klammer Hannes Pfeifhofer, a 18-year climber, unexpectedly won the gold.
Jenny Lavarda, having switched off from rock-climbing on ice in this winter season, took part at such events for the first time and won by a head. Silvia Cian is the second and Monica Gemelli- the third.



GRANDES JORASSES. Linceul (4208m). Winter solo
Ferran Martnez is the Spanish climber soloed the "great classics" of GRANDES JORASSES: Linceul. Some days later his climb was repeated by other Spanish climber Eloi Callado.



The fifth summit under the project "Caucasus Five thousand-Mountains in Winter" has been climbed
Sergey Shchepachkov informs:

On January, 9, 2005 a team of climbers (Ivan Artemov, Ivan Alentsev, Victor Afanasyev, Andrey Bukin, and Oleg Bibin) summited Mt. Kazbek (5033m) within the framework of the project "Caucasus Five thousand-Mountains in Winter".
Weather during the ascent held ideal. I got cold and had to stop climbing and left the team during the summit push. Proshchenko Maxim and Grishnjachy Leonid had to abandon the team too. The route line went from Northern Ossetia side, through Genaldonskoe gorge via Pastukhova route.

"Russian Pumori Team" Expedition
Vladimir Belousov reports:
12.01 we climbed up to 6100, fixed the rest ropes and today we have a rest after very exhausting working day. The weather is excellent, it's rather warm and seems tremendously improved then last year.



Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
All the night the wind shook the tents and it was difficult to sleep. Also the mountain was very loud, showing what the hell is going up. In the morning we wait for the sun and then we crowed from our sleepingbags.
Today the sky was with no clouds, but cold wind was stopping us, especially on plateau. Now we are sitting in the tent of Camp 1 and prepare for tomorrow: very important and also exhausting day. We wish the wind let us through the col...

Simone and Piotr

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
Going up! The next attack to the mountain has just begun. We're sitting (Simone and Piotr) already in ABC (5600). After a few days rest Darek and Jacek are also going up.

The wind is still blowing with terrible force. But we'd like to reach the col (about 7300) and hope to set up Camp 2 behind the col. Today, during the way to the ABC we were watching a wind smoke on the summit ridge, and we didn't want even to think what was up there...

Also the south wall of Shisha has totally changed character comparing to that 2 weeks ago: instead of snow we could see big fields of pure ice!

"Russian Pumori Team" Expedition
Vladimir Belousov reports:
Three days ago we had started to climb aiming to settle the Camp I at 6100 but managed to fix the rope only somewhere up to 6000. We saw that we would not have any difficulties on the route further but with night coming on we had to descend and rest. Tomorrow we plan to start climbing again: to reach 6100m the day after tomorrow and to make the summit push at 14.01. The normal weather holds.


Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
First day of the week and, as the weather forecast said, will be the same all the rest of the week: windy!!. The wind continue to be strong and for the next weekend Karl Gabl from Innsbruck said that the speed could arrive also to 180 km/h!!!! "be patient" said Karl, but for us is difficult to be...

We are in a good physical condition and motivation is high... In any case we will follow his advise and Piotr and I will go tomorrow "only" to try to finish to fix all the route till the ridge at 7300 and fix C2. Than we will be back in base camp waiting for good news from Karl and his perfect forecast.

Wind, wind, strong wind. Today the force of the wind is extremely high. We decided to reinforce with ropes and big stones the kitchen tend and dining tend. The store tend brake this morning for the strong wind. The birds already brake many tends (also in C1) looking for food so we don't want to have other damages to our equipment. At 10 am we get contact with Darek and Jacek that still were in C1.

Yesterday they get a really hard job and difficult conditions and this morning was difficult to take decision to left the sleeping bags and start for the descent to ABC and BC. Jan also started to come down from ABC to BC and this evening we will be all together here at 5200 meter of Base Camp. Tomorrow we will take decision and strategies for the next important week....

Another day of extreme cold and strong wind, but Darek and Jacek did a great job. They carried 400 meters of rope till 7200 and fix 100 of those. It had been not enough to reach the ridge but it is closer and closer.... Now Darek and Jacek "sleep" in C1 and tomorrow they probably came down to ABC or BC to take a good rest. I and Piotr continue to eat and get rest to be ready after a few days to set C2 and maybe make already a first summit attempt....

Yesterday we finished to repair one of the 3 tends we get in ABC that had been seriously broken from the big hungry birds. The birds were looking for food and brake all the tends, without find any food (we left especially in a plastic drum). Maybe the damage is a revenge....?

Yesterday we get a terrible cold and difficult day but at the end we reached 7200 m. Piotr and I dreamed to stand up of the ridge but we finished the fix rope at 50/100 m of altitude to the ridge. We have to set 200/300 m rope still. We would like to observe the last 700 meters of difference between the col and the summit. In our plan after rest, we want to fix a tend on the col at 7350 meter and spend night to acclimatise well and also using that point as the starting point for the summit. Today Piotr and I came back to Base camp and we will remain 3 days to get a full rest. Yesterday we get -40 degree and strong wind and we need time to find again the energies to work. Darek and Jacek today carried up 400 meters rope till C1.

Tomorrow they will try to carry higher.... Cross the finger for us.... The next 1/2 weeks will be extremely important for the climb.
FOTO: Cold in the tend

The winter now is here completely...
Wind was attacking us all the day. On the morning temperature was about -30 degree Celsius in the ABC at 5600 m.

Darek and Jacek were working all the day above the C1 (6550 m). They probably reached 6800 m, foot of the last few hundreds meters of couloir.
Today Simone and Piotr carried equipment to C1, also the tent for Camp 2, which should stand on the col.

Our route occured longer than we expected and with ropes we already have up, it will be difficult to reach the col. But we will do our best.

The good weather returned. After 4 days of storm and cold, today we saw again the sun. It had been a cold night but the morning sun get us the possibility to continue to work on the mountain. Unfortunately with the sun is arrived also the strong wind in high altitude and in the next weekend the speed will be over 40 m/sec (160 km/h). Today Darek and Jacek went to ABC and tomorrow they will reach the tend we set at 6600 m. They will spend night and the day after will try to climb higher. Piotr and I will follow them tomorrow and for the week end we dream to reach the end of the face ad set the tend on the ridge at 7200 m. The problem will be the wind... but we will try to do our best to resist. Yesterday we get the first technical problem.

Our generator stopped to work and "get frostbite". Piotr and Jan today made a surgery operation and they obtain to get 12 volt power from it. Together my solar pannel we should continue to give enough energy to our camp...

Is arrived also here at base camp the midnight but nobody was in the dining tend waiting for it. We was too tired and was to cold and we decided to go in our warm sleeping bags and sleep deeply. Also today the weather is bad with wind and snow and it should be the same also for the next 2 days.

Karl Gabl (our Austrian Guru for the weahter forecast) said to be patient and to call him Monday in Innsbruck. We will have our next weather forecast and we hope to have good news...

We wish again a nice 2005 full of smiling moments...

After 4 days climbing along the Jugoslavian route on Shisha Pangma, we came back to Base Camp. Storm and bad weather obliged us to turn back. I and Piotr spent nigh at 6550 and today we planned to go near 7000 meters but this was impossible. So from 6550 we came directly back to 5200 meters of base camp (log way....)

Last night the wind and the cold had been a good test for our capacities. The bad weather should persist for the next 3/4 days and we will take a good rest and "charge our motivations and determination". Tonight we will celebrate the new year and we wish to all of you a 2005 in health and without any polemic...

Have a nice 2005!! and I hope you will continue to follow the adventures from me and my friends also in 2005.

On the way to C1(31.12.2004)
Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
We (Simone and Piotr) started today early. In our rucksacks we had ropes, climbing equipment, tent, sleeping bags, food and all what is necessary for setting a camp. The wind came and the weather is changing. After a few hours we reached the point which Darek and Jacek left depot in. We took also those things and heavy loaded we came under the big serac, below huge crevasse where we found a good place for our Camp I. The altitude is about 6550.

Tomorrow we'd like to work higher. Now the weather is quite good, a lot of clouds, sometimes sun and the wind is shaking our tent, but not blowing us out from the wall.

Ciao, Simone

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
Finally we reached base camp of the south face of Shisha pangma. We trek 2 days together with our carovan of 32 yaks and yesterday afternoon we arrived here at 5250 meters.

Today we worked to fix all the tends of base camp and fix them with ropes and big stones to avoid that wind brake them during next storms. Tonight we will celebrate our Christmas and Jan prepared a nice Christmas tree in the dining tend. Tomorrow we probably go to ABC and back to BC, to carry some equipment.

We wish all of you our greetings and Marry Christmas!!!

base camp

Simone, Jan, Darek, Piotr, Jacek

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma
Today we finaly start from Nyalam. Yesterday we hardly discuss with the yak drivers and Laison officier about the weight that each yak can carry and price of the extra yak we have to take. The yak drivers said that each yak can carry 40 kg. but the truth is that 60 kg is the normal weight agreed since ever with them and TMA. In this way we discussed for some hours and at the end we agreed that we will take and pay 10 extra yaks and other 5 extra will be paid from TMA. Totally we started this morning wiht 32 yaks to transport our 1606 kg of equipment, gas, kerosene, food and all necessary to remain for 2 month at B.C and on high camps. The weather is still good even the temperature went down in compare of one week before.
Ciao Simone and all team

I left my computer and modem behind in the bin. Instead, I'm writing with Piotr's PC because he's come up on the roof of the hostel where we're staying in order to send messages. We're sentries up here

We arrived in Nyalam today. We left yesterday because today there was supposed to be a strike with numerous blockades on the street from Kathmandu to the border. Unfortunately, although we left yesterday we still had problems half an hour before Kodhari (on the border of Nepal and China). A military street blockade with a barbed wire and machine gunners lined up forced us to wait until the next day to continue. We were able to sleep in a small private house and eat in a hut for the Nepalese.
The block was due to an armed clash with Maoists a few hours prior to our arrival, which had killed 11 people! This morning we left and passed the "Friendship Bridge," crossing into Tibet. We met Dawa, the liason officer and Nawang, who was the liason officer for JC Lafaille. He told us that the French alpinist had arrived in Tibet on the 11th of November.

A few days ago, before returning to Nepal, he gave Lafaille the certificate which proves his climb to the peak at 14:00 on December 11th, but he did not write "WINTER EXPEDITION" even though the Frenchman insisted he write it because he didn't consider it a winter climb. Nawang says that he has 10 years of expedition experience in all 4 seasons and Lafaille's climb was not to be registered with the TMA as a "WINTER EXPEDITION" but as "LATE AUTUMN." Anyone can contact Nawang at the TMA in order to confirm this.

The French alpinist got his Chinese Visa extended because he only intended to stay 30 days and as he entered Tibet and started the expedition before December 1st, he acted with the normal autumn permission. With all this news and clarification, added to the scientific one of the world season calendar which says that winter starts the 21st of December, we must consider that Shisha Pangma has never been conquered in winter. Now it's up to us to see if this climb is possible
Bye, Simone

Translation by Jonathan Etes

German TOP-climbers Robert Jasper and Stefan Glowacz did not sustained the most severe gale-force wind and bailed their first ascent Murallon, North face, (Patagonia).

Having stayed for some days in only 150 meters up to the summit waiting for the weather window, the guys began their sad descent.

Simone Moro. Shisha Pangma.
Our trekking to go back to Kathmandu began today. Now we are in Deboche at 3700 meters and tomorrow some of us will go to Lukla and 1 or 2 members will spend other 2 days going down. Tomorrow we will meet Jan Szulc that should be in Namche as he arrived 1 week later than us in Nepal.

Today we navigated in internet to see how is going with the news about the JC Lafaille climb on Shisha. With huge surprise we saw the photo of the "new line" of JC, because we discovered that 50% of that route is our route of last winter (green line)!!!!! We have photos and film of that line we made last December and January (till the point where the route cross the number 5 and 6). We didn't considered that part as new because the aim of the Spanish route we climbed was to follow the big coloir from the base of the wall to the summit, and our line had been only the physiological variant in order to the ice and weather conditions. In any case we sent many photos already one years ago to my web site and the most important world web site and our line and story should be well known.

In any case we would like to congratulate JC Lafaille for the good climb and the success. Really! We also would like to congratulate him for the tactics.....
We really don't want to make any discussion and polemics. The world is already full of wars and problems and we believe that should be stupid to increase the "bordel" with extra stupid discussion.

Simone, Darek, Piotr

On 12 December Jean-Christophe Lafaille returned to the base camp after his challenge summit (on December 11) Shishapangma.

It is the first successful ascent on Shishapangma (8047m) done solo and without supplementary oxygen.

The information is provided by Katia Lafaille, France,




International calendar for ice-climbing competitions, 2005 season





CHABOT Alexandre
 EITER Angela

World Cup 2004 Top-10

1. MRAZEK Tomas CZE 560.00
2. CHABOT Alexandre FRA 516.00
3. CRESPI Flavio ITA 333.00
4. PETRENKO Maxim UKR 322.00

5. USOBIAGA Patxi ESP 317.00
6. POUVREAU Grome FRA 291.00
7. MILLET Sylvain FRA 268.00
8. FUSELIER Mickael FRA 249.00
9. VERHOEVEN Jorg NED 248.00
10. PUIGBLANQUE Ramn Julin ESP 240.00

1. EITER Angela AUT 535.00
2. SARKANY Muriel BEL 525.00
3. EYER Alexandra SUI 364.00

4. GROS Natalija SLO 364.00
5. CIAVALDINI Caroline FRA 356.00
6. SCHPF Bettina AUT 345.00
7. LAVARDA Jenny ITA 299.00
8. VIDMAR Maja SLO 287.00
9. CUFAR Martina SLO 286.00
10. SHALAHINA Olha UKR 245.00

World Cup. Latest Stage. Kranj, SLO

1. Tomas Mrazek (CZE)
2. Evgueni Ovtchinnikov (RUS)
3. Jorg Verhoeven (NED)

1. Angela Eiter (AUT)
2. Natalija Gros (SLO)
3-4. Maja Vidmar (SLO)
3-4. Sandrine Levet (FRA)

Simone Moro. Shisha Winter
Everything is working well here in preparing the expedition. Monday will flight to Kathmandu our cargo with equipment and food we will use during the 2month expedition. I and my friends planned to go in Khumbu valley for a trekking to Everest base camp and easy climbs for acclimatisation in the areas.

After that we will start by road to Kodhari- Zangmu and Nyalam and from that village we will trek till the Shisha Pangma south face base camp.

Only at base camp we will decide the route we will attempt. We want to see directly the snow condition of the face and the weather forecast we will have from Innsbruck from my personal friend Karl Gabl.

Herewith I'm sending you the postcard I prepared for our expedition. I dind't received yet the cable but I took free all next week to realize all the procedure and training with iPAQ and Contact 3.0. Keep in touch

About expedition

UIAA Worldcup Difficulty Event Brno (CZE) 2004. Results.
The Winners - Flavio CRESPI, Italy, and Alexandra EYER, Switzerland. At men Tomas MRAZEK, CZE, and Alexandre CHABOT, France, are the second and the third accordingly. And at women the Russian Olga SHALAGINA (!!!) is the second and Maja VIDMAR, Slovenia is the third.

See all the results


Fred Rouhling opens his new line Mandallaz drive, 9
Fred Rouhling has just declared about his successful redpoint of the new project in d'Allonzier la Caille - Mandallaz drive, 9.
In 1993 only lazy did not mock Fred when he declared the first French 9, Hugh line. However in 2001, 8 (!) years later, the category was confirmed by Italian climber Alessandro Lamberti.
1995 "Practically everyone in this world had to doubt of his judiciousness" - It is about Fred Rouhling and his challenging Akira, 9b. Do you really think the world delightfully looked into his eyes?
1997 l'Autre Cote du Ciel (The other side of the sky), the second 9, sent by Fred. Then everything went without any autographs....
3d "9a" of Fred was Fred Nicole's "bain de sang"
2004 Mandallaz drive, 9. Who would doubt... Go, Fred! :)


Stephen Koch and Mark Newcomb braved thin ice and a midday storm to snag a new ice line on the North Face of the Grand Teton
On October 5, the two climbed six new pitches, totaling about 1,000 feet of thin ice and mixed climbing. The new route, which is unnamed, started just left of the classic North Face route and ended at the Hossack-McGowan Couloir, which they followed to the East Ridge and eventually reached the summit.
The crux was found on the second pitch, where unprotectable ice forced Koch into a soaking-wet, womb-like feature behind the ice until he could bust through and pull a roof to easier ground. He spent the next belay wringing out his clothes and pouring water out of his boots. A sudden storm then dumped buckets of graupel, which cascaded down the face in one of the most spectacular sights I have witnessed in the mountains, Koch said. When the storm stopped, they continued upward through four more good pitches of ice, including a winding WI 5 pitch that Koch called the nicest ice pitch he has ever done on a mountain route.

Rating of rock-climbers - the world leaders. Bouldering. Speed. Difficulty
In bouldering and speed the sportmen have been already put in their places, "all sweets" are given away, in difficulty there are two events more ahead...

UIAA Climbing-Worldcup 2004


1. Sandrine Levet, France
2. Olga Bibik, Russia
3. Julia Abramchuk, Russia

1. Daniel Dulac, France
2. Kilian Fischhuber, Austria
3. Jerome Meyer, France


1. Tatyana Ruyga, Russia
2. Anna Saulevich, Russia

1. Sergey Sinitsyn, Russia
2. Eugeny Vaytsekhovsky, Russia
3. Alexander Peshehonov, Russia

Difficulty. The current rating

1. Muriel Sarkany, Belgium
2. Angela Eiter, Austria
3. Bettina Schopf, Austria

1. Tomas Mrazek, Czechia
2. Alexandre Chabot, France
3. Gerome Pouvreau, France

All results

Rock Climbing. World Cup in Valence, France. Difficulty.
The winners

1. CHABOT Alexandre FRA
2. Bindhammer Christian Germany
1. Muriel Sarkany Belgium
2. Caroline Ciavaldini FRA
2. CUFAR Martina SLO
4. Jenny Lavarda ITA
5. Angela Eiter AUT

The leaders of Big Cup Mrazek and Sarkany. Chabot and Eiter are the second.

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