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New book recognises early women mountaineers

20th November 2013 | 0 comments

A new mountaineering title detailing the historical achievements of women mountaineers has recently been published. Written by Malcolm Craig, ‘Shackles of Convention, Women Mountaineers before 1914’, explores the contributions made by women to the early history of mountaineering, challenging the view that the sport has always been dominated by men. Craig writes how female mountaineers were largely overlooked during the …

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Steck and Schäli make speed ascents in the Alps

8th September 2013 | 0 comments

Swiss speed climber Ueli Steck and alpinist Roger Schäli made impressively fast ascents of the Alps’ most challenging peaks last month, with Steck completing a traverse of Mont Blanc while Schali tackled the Jungfrau Marathon. Ueli began the Peuterey Integral traverse in mid-August shortly after arriving in the Chamonix Valley. Said to be the hardest route of its kind in …

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Alan Hinkes: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains

6th August 2013 | 0 comments

Legendary climber Alan Hinkes – the first Brit to scale all 14 mountains over 8000m – is soon to release a new mountaineering title. The book, 8000m: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains: All 14 Summits, will document Alan’s journey for the first time since he completed the challenge in 2005, as he battles arctic temperatures, horrendous weather conditions and struggles …

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Alpine glaciers protect peaks from erosion

4th August 2013 | 1 comment.

Scientists studying Mont Blanc and its surrounding glaciers have discovered that glacial ice atop these summits protect the peaks from erosion. Findings indicate that glacial ice acts as a protective lid, effectively sheltering mountain rock from the elements, most importantly rain and water damage. At the highest points, ice freezes to the rock and does not contribute significantly towards erosion. …