Stranded high on Nanga Parbat after an extremely rare winter ascent, Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz were beyond help. Even if a rescue team could be found, time would almost certainly run out before they could reach the stranded climbers. Even if the rescuers did get there in time, the question remained: How would they get two incapacitated climbers off an 8,000-meter peak in winter?
Interview: Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll on the Solo First Ascent of “The Moonwalk,” a.k.a. the Reverse Fitz Traverse
"I would have kept going if there was more," Villanueva O'Driscoll told Rock and Ice about his first ascent of The Moonwalk, aka the Reverse Fitz Traverse.
The 24-year-old Belgian climber Simon Lorenzi has made the first ascent of a longstanding mega project in Fontainebleau---The Big Island Sit ---which could be V17!
Nims told Rock and Ice in a Skype interview about the first winter ascent of K2, "It was for Nepal. We were trying to show the world that we could make the impossible possible."
A Rock and Ice editor travels to Northern Norway for the Arctic Ice Festival and discovers a veritable ice climbing heaven.
"Madame Ching was a dangerous female Chinese pirate and she fought with a lot of strong nations," Eiter told Rock and Ice. "I fight with hard routes."
Fred Rouhling’s “Akira,” World’s First Proposed 5.15b in 1995, Finally Repeated; Downgraded to 5.14d
Seb Bouin and Lucien Martinez have done the second and third ascents of Fred Rouhling's infamous Akira, and suggested a big downgrade to 9a (5.14d). But Rouhling is sticking to his guns on the grade. What's the deal?
"It’s the first big thing I’ve done in climbing that I’m super proud of," Cannon said of his one-day free ascent of Golden Gate.
"It really is kind of a marvel of nature that this line exists," Pearson said of Tribe. "It's probably the best hard route I’ve climbed in terms of the complexity of movement, the quality of the rock."