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Women’s Kilimanjaro record broken

Women’s Kilimanjaro record broken

Ultra-distance runner and The North Face athlete, Fernanda Maciel, has broken the record for the fastest female time up and down Mount Kilimanjaro. Fernanda ran the Tanzanian route from Umbwe Gate to the summit and then down to the Mweka Gate, in just 10 hours and 6 minutes, breaking the previous record of 12 hours and 58 minutes held by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld by nearly three hours. Speaking of her achievements, Fernanda was delighted with the result: “I’m very happy. I’ve been dreaming of taking on this African mountain for nearly three years and today gave me that opportunity to do so, and … Read more »

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Jordan Trail is go!

Jordan Trail is go!

20 years after they first conceived the idea, Tony Howard and Di Taylor report on the official opening of the 650 mile-long Jordan Trail…   It started as a chat round the embers of a campfire as Di Taylor and I sat in our sleeping bags sipping tea beneath one of Jordan’s impeccable crystal clear star filled nights. It was the late 1990s and we had been exploring the many blanks on Jordan’s map on our annual spring visits, finding superb trekking and canyoning in preparation for a guidebook. Suddenly it occurred to us that our treks were the pieces of a … Read more »

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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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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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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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