Red Bull X-Alps: Christian Maurer crossed the Alps in 9 days!
At 11:24 the 29th of July 2009, Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer (SUI) landed in Monaco to become the 2009 Red Bull X-Alps Champion!
Christian Maurer land in Monaco, after 9 days of hiking and flying - Photo (c) RedBull Photofiles
Tough Enough - Climbing in Madagascar
Tough Enough, is the name of the 400 meter route in the Tsaranoro Valley in Madagascar first climbed by Arnaud Petit, Stéphanie Bodet, Sylvain Millet and Laurent Triay in 2008. Their only objective was to free the 10 pitches - many rated 8a and harder - on this African bigwall.
Long Routes - Petzl Team extend themselves
The Petzl Roc trips get better and better, bigger and bigger. This year was no exception, with single pitch routes 100m long, I don't think they get any longer. I was invited again, obviously as the token Brit, there for dry humour and poor dress sense and perhaps because I've won a few trips, even up against the likes of Sharma and Andrada. Fortunately they hadn't spotted it was clearly either a fluke or involved some serious cunning. On performance alone I think I'd be lucky to scrape in!
Petzl Roctrip: Chris Sharma flashes Infinity Lane!
Chris Sharma flashed the Men's Infinity Lane Saturday 27th, June, during the Petzl Roctrip in Millau (Aveyron - France).
This 100m route approaching the 8c has resist to the others
competitors (Dani Andrada, Daniel Dulac, Tony Lamiche, Steve McClure,
Sean McColl, Mickaël Fuselier...) but Chris spent all his energy in one
attempt and flashed the route in a raw!
On the Women's Infinity Lane, Martina Cufar and Florence Pinet flashed the route as well. Chloé Minoret, Nina Caprez and Lynn Hill sent the route on 2nd or 3rd attempt.
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Summit success for Ueli Steck at Gasherbrum II
Friday, July 3 2009 - Gasherbrum base camp:
It is running quite good here. From Tuesday until Wednesday I was
already for the second time at camp 2 at 6500 meters. Overnight. The
weather was pretty bad. Nicole, my wife, descended from camp 1 back to
Base Camp with two Pakistani.
Petzl on the Eiffel Tower
Since March, the Eiffel Tower has been undergoing a face-lift. As it does every seven years, the tower is getting repainted. Eighteen months of work are scheduled. For the painting, approximately twenty people have been working 200-300 meters above the ground: a worksite like no other, where there is no room for error.