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Mercier forges new line on Aiguille du Midi

Mercier forges new line on Aiguille du Midi

  French climber Jeff Mercier has put up a new route on the north face of the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix. During the first attempt on 16th May, the team of Mercier, Lucien Boucansaud and Geremy Rakowski bivied at the Plan de l’Aiguille and began climbing at 4.30am on the 17th. Mercier said, “The climb was harder than expected, and the team didn’t have enough time to climb the upper wall because all of us have to go to work the day after. So, we climb the west couloir, at its end, cross on the left to find the exit … Read more »

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Kilian Jornet sets ‘fastest known time’ for Everest ascent

Kilian Jornet sets ‘fastest known time’ for Everest ascent

Alone, in a single climb and without oxygen or fixed ropes, Jornet has reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain (8,484 m) The climb, which forms part of the Summits of My Life project, sets a new “Fastest Known Time” of 26 hours from the Everest Base Camo (5,100 m) to the summit at 8,484 m Due to stomach problems Jornet didn’t complete the descent to the Everest Base Camp and is currently recovering at the Advanced Base Camp (6,400 m) “Up to 7,700m I felt really good and was making progress as planned but then I started to feel unwell, probably … Read more »

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Gurkhas first to summit Everest from south

Gurkhas first to summit Everest from south

It’s been confirmed that at 14:08 Nepal time, three teammembers from the Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 team became the first to summit from the south side this year. The Gurkhas were the first to find Ueli Steck’s body after he fell from Nuptse on April 30th. Trek & Mountain’s Technical Editor, Alun Richardson, is embedded with the team as official photographer. According to the Himalayan Times, “A team of rope-fixing climbers successfully scaled Mt Everest from Nepal side after they opened a climbing route to the summit point of the world’s highest peak on Monday afternoon. Base camp officials told THT Online over phone … Read more »

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Satmap announces all new Active 20 Sports GPS device

Satmap announces all new Active 20 Sports GPS device

Satmap Systems Ltd has announced the launch of the Satmap Active 20 Sports GPS unit. The Active 20 is the first device of its class to be fully touchscreen or button operated (‘DualControl’). Fitted with the latest, high-sensitivity GPS receiver (uBlox MAX M8), the Active 20 supports all the primary satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou, WAAS, EGNOS, etc.) with accuracy, even indoors, in cars, in town and under heavy tree cover – accuracy figures of 1-2m are typical in many conditions. The Active 20 now boasts an all-new, large (3.5”), super-bright (600cd) transmissive, full colour HVGA TFT display. This crystal clear … Read more »

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Ueli Steck dies on Everest

Ueli Steck dies on Everest

Legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck has been killed in an accident while acclimatising for an attempt to traverse Lhotse and Everest. According to the Himalayan Times, “A group of six rescuers discovered a body of the multiple-record holder mountaineer near Nuptse Face of Mt Everest where he could have slipped and fell on the ice-covered slope. “The team has collected the scattered parts of the climber’s body.” A Fishtail Air helicopter has also been sent to Camp I to conduct a long line rescue, according to a source at base camp. “Swiss alpinist Steck and Tenzing (Tenji) Sherpa headed to Khumbu region … Read more »

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