Ultrarunner Adam Campbell on being struck by lightingPetzl team ultrarunner Adam Campbell, of Canada, recently finished third in the infamous Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run, which plots a grueling course through Southern Colorado's San Juan mountains, gaining and losing 33,992 vertical feet in the process. Impressive as that may be, it isn’t the big story here. Most remarkable is the fact that Adam and his pacer, Aaron Heidt, were struck by lighting on Handies Peak (14,000 feet), at mile 56 of the race, and he still powered to third place in a very stacked field.
Caving: adventures in KabyliaIn spring 2014, Phil Bence and his partners in adventure took off to explore two caves in the Djurdjura Range in Kabylia. This Algerian mountain range is a karst area well-known among cavers worldwide. Two of the deepest caves in Africa are located there: Anou Iflis (-1200 m) and Anou Boussouil (-805 m). The primarily mountainous topography also hosts a diverse ecosystem whose extensive biodiversity is protected by several national parks.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and to improve their technique over the course of several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and improve their technique during several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
An ice and mixed climbing expedition with Philippe Batoux: "Canada Dry" on ice!Every three years Philippe Batoux, high mountain guide and professor at ENSA (France's elite guide school), trains five young aspiring mountaineers in every alpine discipline: free and aid climbing, ice climbing, snow and mixed routes. An expedition always caps off the series of training clinics. This year, Maël Baguet, Kevin Peyre, Yoan Foulon, Eric Jamet, and Dimitry Munoz traveled with him to Canada.
Expedition report by Philippe Batoux...
Melloblocco, the world's biggest international bouldering event!Melloblocco took place in the Val di Mello and Val Masino valleys in Italy from April 30 to May 4, 2014. This 11th edition proved to be one of the most spectacular in the event's history, and for good reason. With an unbelievable 2600 climbers registering online, no less than 5000 people made the trip to these incredibly beautiful valleys. The "Mello-boulderers," from beginners to pros, enjoyed testing their mettle on the endless number of boulder problems in the area.
In the heart of Patagonia with Thomas Huber and Mario WalderIn February 2014, Thomas Huber and Mario Walder tried their luck in Cerro Torre Valley. In spite of good weather, they were forced to change plans. Beyond the routes themselves, Thomas talks about how their adventures in Patagonia remain first and foremost a voyage through a spectacular pristine wilderness.
Rolling Stones: The North face of the grandes Jorasses for freeThe routes up the north face of the Grandes Jorasses evoke such descriptive words as "hard" and "committing". Looking for a new challenge, Slovenian climbers Luka Lindič and Luka Krajnc took advantage of a recent window of stable weather to make the first free ascent of a now former aid route. Three cold days on the daunting 1000 meter high face is all it took.
Trip report by Luka Lindič.