The world of climbing is busy with competitions, hard repeats and first ascents. Here are a few of the stories making headlines.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Rock and Ice reported on a new five-pitch M11 in Ouray, Colorado. Jason Nelson and Beth Goralski climbed Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the Hall of Justice Wall in early February. The route climbs through a series of roofs to a stunning left-facing corner system. For more on the story see here.
New Dolomites Ice Climb
Planet Mountain has reported that Bendikt Purner and Albert Leichfried made the first ascent of ZweiteGeige, WI7, M7, 140 m, in Vallunga, Italy. For more on the story see here.
Dai Koyamada has made the first ascent of Vanitas at Mount Horai in Japan. Koyamada has climbed nearly 30 V15s.
Passion for Climbing Scholarship
For four years The Edge climbing gym in Vancouver is providing its athletes with a scholarship to take their climbing outside. The scholarship is 100 per cent funded by a month-long silent auction. This year it will be running March 2 to April 4. For more information visit their Facebook page here.
Erik Weihenmayer Might Attempt Eiger North Face
Erik Weihenmayer, who went blind at age 13, and has made a number of impressive ascents, is planning to climb the Eiger’s North Face in spring 2015. For the full story, visit Climbing. For more on Weihenmayer, visit his website Touch the Top.