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First British ascent of Infinite Spur on Mt Foraker, Alaska

First British ascent of Infinite Spur on Mt Foraker, Alaska

British alpinists Will Harris, Ben Silvestre and Pete Graham have completed what is thought to be the first British ascent of Infinite Spur on Alaska’s second-highest peak, Mt Foraker. The ridge, which soars almost 9,000 feel up the south face of Foraker, has only been climbed a handful of times, with the first ascent by Michael kennedy and George Lowe having taken six days back in 1977. It is considered one of the great alpine test-pieces in the Alaska Range of mountains. One of the successful trio (and Trek & Mountain contributor) Will Harris posted the following update on his Facebook page: … Read more »

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Leo Houlding completes 1,000-mile Greenland expedition

Leo Houlding completes 1,000-mile Greenland expedition

That man Leo Houlding has been at it again! During his latest project the climber and adventurer has completed an unsupported 1,000 mile snowkiting expedition across the Greenland ice cap.  Houlding was accompanied by friend and experienced snowkiter Bruce Corrie, and they covered the distance in under three weeks, despite being confined to their tent for days in a row during whiteout conditions.  This was Leo Houlding’s debut snowkiting expedition and Bruce Corrie’s first major expedition of any type. Leo Houlding and Bruce Corrie snowkited from Kangerlussuaq in south west Greenland and finished in Qaanaaq, one of the most northerly towns on … Read more »

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T&M readers tick off three Himalayan 6,000ers

T&M readers tick off three Himalayan 6,000ers

At the end of April, a tired but jubilant team of Trek & Mountain readers returned to the UK having enjoyed a month-long journey through the colourful mountains, culture and characters of Nepal. The Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 expedition was always going to be challenging – after all, one 6,000m peak is no small deal, let alone three – but the trip got off to a great start as the team avoided weather-related delays at Kathmandu by sneaking into Lukla on an early morning flight. And who did we bump into at Lukla airport that morning? Only Ueli Steck! The trek would … Read more »

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T&M reader team tops out on Mera Peak

T&M reader team tops out on Mera Peak

On 10th April, 10 of Trek & Mountain’s Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 team topped out on Mera Peak (6,476m), with a further teammember topping out on Mera’s trekking peak. Conditions were cold and windy but the views from the top were spectacular. The team descended to Mera High Camp before continuing with porters/tents down to the Mera La and all the way down to Chamlang Base Camp. During the course of the four-week expedition, the team aim to climb three 6,000m peaks – Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche East – in what is the most ambitious reader expedition run by T&M … Read more »

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Nanga Parbat climbed in winter for first time

Nanga Parbat climbed in winter for first time

Nanga Parbat (8,126m), the ninth highest mountain in the world and often called the ‘Killer Mountain’, has been summited for the first time in winter. At the end of 2015, The North Face alpinists Simone Moro (Italy) and Tamara Lunger (Italy) set out from Europe to attempt the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat and after more than 80 days on the mountain, Simone, along with Alex Txikon (Spain) and Ali Sadpara (Pakistan), has successfully summited the mountain on 26th of February 2016 via the Kinshofer Route. Tamara Lunger reportedly stopped just short of the summit, however, this is still to … Read more »

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