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Climbing legend Jim 'the Bird' Bridwell dies at age 73

J im Bridwell died this morning, February 16, at age 73 in Palm Springs, California, after months of suffering from Hepatitis C. His family believes the disease was probably contracted from a tattoo he got during an expedition in Borneo in the 1980s. Show More Summary

2018 Grit and Rock First Ascent Award recipients announced

The Grit and Rock First Ascent Award recipients this year, from top left-to-right, are: Katie Bono, Cecilia Buil, Whitney Clark, Ixchel Foord, Ilana Jesse, Josie McKee, Nina Neverov, Caro North, Alena Panova and Anna Torretta. [Image]...Show More Summary

Elisabeth Revol rescued and Tomek Mackiewicz presumed dead on Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat (8126m). [Photo] Guilhem Vellut, Wikimedia Elisabeth Revol of France has been rescued and Tomek Mackiewicz of Poland is presumed dead after they summited Nanga Parbat (8126m) in Pakistan for the mountain's second winterShow More Summary

Elizabeth Hawley Remembered

Elizabeth Hawley. [Photo] Courtesy of the Michael and Meg Leonard collection The legendary Himalayan historian Elizabeth Hawley died on January 26 at the age of 94 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her remarkable life has had several distinctiveShow More Summary

American Alpine Club announces recipients for Cutting Edge Grants

T he American Alpine Club recently announced that Whitney Clark, Ryan Johnson, Kurt Ross and Alan Rousseau will receive Cutting Edge Grants this year, totaling $20,000. The grants will support expeditions to Alaska, India and Pakistan. An...Show More Summary

Application period opens for inaugural Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award

Kyle Dempster soloed up to 6000 meters on Vigne peak to "gain a better look around" at the huge peaks surrounding him on the Baltoro Glacier in 2014. He'd traveled there to attempt Gasherbrum IV's Shining Wall with Urban Novak, but they...Show More Summary

Good conditions result in new winter ascents of Slesse's Navigator Wall and satellite peaks

The red line shows the route taken by Marc-Andre Leclerc and Tom Livingstone on January 3 for the first winter ascent of the Navigator Wall on Canada's Mt. Slesse. They estimated the difficulties to be M7+ R or "Scottish VIII or IV," according to Livingstone. Show More Summary

American Alpine Club announces 2018 Climbing Awards, Annual Benefit Dinner

The 2018 recipients of the American Alpine Club Climbing Awards. [Image] Courtesy of the American Alpine Club The American Alpine Club has announced the recipients of its 2018 Climbing Awards, given annually to distinguish individuals for their service, leadership and accomplishments. Show More Summary

Tino Villanueva and Alan Rousseau establish The T&A Show on Rungofarka

[The following is a report by Alan Rousseau about an expedition funded in part by a 2017 Mugs Stump Award. The award, a collaborative effort of Alpinist, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., Mountain Gear, Patagonia, Inc., and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was created in 1993 in memory of Mugs Stump, one of North America's most visionary climbers. Show More Summary

Larcher and Zangerl make a rare free ascent of El Cap's Magic Mushroom (5.14a) at the end of another busy season for the Big Stone

Barbara Zangerl on Pitch 22, Magic Mushroom (5.14a). [Photo] Francois Lebeau Jacopo Larcher and Barbara Zangerl made a rare free ascent of Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a, 2,900') on El Capitan, topping out on December 10 after an 11-day push from the ground. Show More Summary

National legal fight begins after Trump alters Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments by more than half

Jacob's Chair and Long Canyon are no longer included in the two smaller national monuments that replaced the former Bears Ears Monument. [Photo] Tim Peterson, courtesy of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition On December 4, President Donald...Show More Summary

Trump heading to Utah and is expected to reduce size of two national monuments

P resident Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, Dec. 4, and he is expected to announce plans to slash the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The Southern Utah Wilderness...Show More Summary

French team completes new route on Nuptse's south face

The south face of Nuptse with the new route marked by the thin red line. [Photo] Courtesy of Helias Millerioux, Benjamin Guigonnet, Frederic Degoulet On October 14-21, Helias Millerioux, Benjamin Guigonnet, Frederic Degoulet completed a risky new route on Nuptse's south face in mostly alpine style. Show More Summary

Women's expedition explores new routes in India's Zanskar Range

From left: Savannah Cummins, Anna Pfaff and Lindsay Fixmer. [Photo] Lindsay Fixmer Starting near the end of August, Savannah Cummins, Lindsay Fixmer and I spent 24 days climbing and exploring the remote Raru Mountains in northern India's Zanskar Range. Show More Summary

Registration open for American Alpine Club's Annual Benefit Dinner

T ickets are now available for the American Alpine Club's annual benefit dinner weekend on February 23-24 in Boston, Massachusetts. This year's event will honor the 40th anniversary of the first American ascent of K2 (8611m), when Jim...Show More Summary

World renowned alpinist and climbing pioneer Fred Becky dies at age 94

Fred Beckey in 2012. [Photo] Jerry Dodrill Fred Beckey, one of the most prolific alpinists the world has ever known, died October 30 at age 94 in Seattle, Washington, while in the caring arms of his close friend and biographer Megan Bond. Bond told Alpinist that a burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Show More Summary

Alpinist story by Nick Bullock named best 'Mountaineering Article' at Banff

Alpinist contributor Nick Bullock was recently named the winner of Banff Mountain Book Awards' "Mountaineering Article" category for his story, "Threshold Shift," which appeared in Alpinist 57. The recognition comes with a $2,000 prize. Bullock's...Show More Summary

Jesse Huey and Maury Birdwell free 'Original Sin' (V 5.12+, 1,800') on Wyoming's Mt. Hooker

The north face of Mt. Hooker in Wyoming's Wind River Range. [Photo] Austin Siadak Located in Wyoming's Wind River Range, with a 15-mile approach and a 1,800-foot north face, Mt. Hooker (12,504') has continued to provide a full-value alpine objective ever since Royal Robbins, Richard K. Show More Summary

Second, larger rockfall on El Capitan injures another person after first event resulted in one death and one injury

Peter "Pass the Pitons Pete" Zabrok took this photo of his partner Ryan Sheridan on top of Yosemite's El Capitan when the September 28 rockfall broke loose and sent debris flying all the way into the Merced River, which can be seen below. Show More Summary

One killed and one injured after a series of rockfalls on El Capitan's Waterfall Route

A huge plume of granite dust billows at the base of Yosemite's El Capitan where a massive series of rockfalls occurred the afternoon of September 27. A fresh, white rock scar where the event originated can be seen to the right of the black streaks. Show More Summary

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