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Piolets d’Or : to Ukraine with love

Piolets d’Or : to Ukraine with love

It was a beautiful January, the snow covered everything. Located at an altitude of more than two thousand meters in the South Alps, France, the Lautaret Pass road was closed due to avalanches, but that didn’t stop a team of Russian mountaineers from crossing the...

Sean Villanueva sends Czech sandstone cracks

Sean Villanueva sends Czech sandstone cracks

Sean Villanueva returns to Adršpach, Czech’s climbing paradise, to continue exploring the incredible sandstone towers. In this video we followed him during a day where he tried to climb the Teplice trilogy which includes the three most beautiful cracks of the...

Watch Adam Ondra climb a bold route on Czech sandstone

Watch Adam Ondra climb a bold route on Czech sandstone

In the Northwest of Czechia, near the border of Germany, there is a fairytale-like landscape of endless sandstone towers and walls. The climbing here is so special, just like the local climbing scene and its ethics. The game’s name is opening the routes ground...

Anthamatten, three brothers on top

Anthamatten, three brothers on top

You’ve probably already heard this name, a name that rings out like an echo in the mountains: Anthamatten. Whether it’s Samuel the freerider, Simon the high-level mountaineer and helicopter pilot or Martin the skier-mountaineer and trail-runner, the three...

Missing Hilaree Nelson found dead

Missing Hilaree Nelson found dead

The lifeless body of Hilaree Nelson was located on the slopes of Manaslu on Wednesday, and then airlifted to Kathmandu. The death toll from the September 26 avalanche and accidents is two. We could hope, still and always, to catch ourselves at a thread to believe that...

A surprising climber

A surprising climber

This time, no one saw Comet Haley coming. It must be said that Colin was even more surprisingly spontaneous than usual in his decision to go to Patagonia to attempt the 1600m Supercanaleta at Fitz Roy, solo and in winter. As he tells us in our article, the American...

Fitz Roy Winter Solo Ascent by Colin Haley

Fitz Roy Winter Solo Ascent by Colin Haley

Colin Haley is a seasoned climber of Patagonia. He climbed the Torre Egger solo in 2016, and already, in 2009, signed a solo ascent of the famous Fitz Roy Supercanaleta. But this time, in the middle of the austral winter, the Supercanaleta attracted him again. On...

Netflix : Broad Peak trailer

Netflix : Broad Peak trailer

This is a story as only the Himalayas can deliver. The Polish Maciej Berbeka belonged to the famous group of Ice Warriors, the Poles who aimed for the first winter climbs in the Himalayas. Berbeka was the author of the first winter ascent of Manaslu, on January 12,...

How does Kilian Jornet train?

How does Kilian Jornet train?

With an unquenchable appetite for victory, the trail king has never been stronger. Now fathering two small children, managing a foundation and launching his own gear brand NNormal. How does he do it? Kilian Jornet himself tries to answer. Once again, Kilian Jornet has...

Watch Filip Babicz’s FKT on Badile North Ridge

Watch Filip Babicz’s FKT on Badile North Ridge

One year ago, on September 10, 2021, Filip Babicz set the record for climbing the North Ridge of Piz Badile in 42 minutes and 52 seconds, solo ascent. A Fastest Known Ascent for sure. The north ridge of Badile is rated D and is 750 m high. An Italian-Polish climber...

Review : Millet Trident Guide Shoes

Review : Millet Trident Guide Shoes

At Millet, we know what an approach shoe is. You need grip: a Vibram sole with Climbing Zone. You need rigidity, because the goal is to crawl through the scree covering the approaches, scree in which running shoes get slaughtered – and your feet with it. The...

Watch GMHM Dru west face first ascent

Watch GMHM Dru west face first ascent

They were streamed live on YT while climbing the Dru. From 18 to 22 February 2021 the French alpinists Thomas Auvaro, Léo Billon, Jordi Noguere and Sébastien Ratel made the first ascent of BASE on the West Face of Petit Dru above Chamonix in the Mont Blanc massif. The...

Damn, 20 years !

Damn, 20 years !

For many, he is an icon with blond or green hair, depending on the mood, an icy mint look and a smile whose scratched incisor reveals his temperament. “In the powder we are all world champions. There’s no one left as soon as it’s steep and a bit...

Nina Caprez and Cedric Lachat climb Wogu, 8c 350m

Nina Caprez and Cedric Lachat climb Wogu, 8c 350m

This sequence is the full one of the WoGu climbing sequence in Swissway to Heaven movie. Directed by Guillaume Broust Swissway to Heaven follows Cedric Lachat climbing hard routes in the Swiss Alps. Watch the strong climbers Caprez and Lachat working on the one of the...

Drone flying above Everest

Drone flying above Everest

This video was shot by drone around and even above Everest. Up to the altitude of 9232 meters, a record in drone flying! Specialists will recognize the North Ridge of Everest, in detail, but also shots of Lhotse for example. Watch it...

Sovereign nature

Sovereign nature

It’s crazy what a little change gives wings. Those of a kite in this case, a red kite.Accustomed to the hands of climbers, the wiggle of skiers and other alpine balancing acts, my camera went out of its autofocus zone (which is to cameras what the “comfort...

The last chance alpinist

The last chance alpinist

After a few weeks in the mountains, disconnected from the networks and other notifications, I returned to the virtual planet. There, depressing alerts and pictures are blooming: melting glaciers, dried lakes, rock slides and ice falls accelerated, overfrequentation on...

Aiguille du Tour: e-MTB alpine style !

Aiguille du Tour: e-MTB alpine style !

Who hasn’t thought of shortening an approach or making it more fun before entering the full vertical? Having a little more fun on the way down? With the new e-bikes, it is easy to ride long distances, more or less steep, with a mountaineering bag on your back....

Crazy week in K2

Crazy week in K2

It’s madness on K2, 2022 style. In one week, hundreds of ascents are claimed by the normal route of the Abruzzi spur and the FKT for the speed ascent established without oxygen by the Frenchman Benoît Chamoux in 1986, was possibly beaten yesterday. Summary of a...

HIMALAYISM: should history really be rewritten?

HIMALAYISM: should history really be rewritten?

Looks like the best himalayan climbers have been shrinking. Eberhard Jurgalski and his investigators* have come to the following conclusion: out of about fifty Himalayan climbers, only three have reached the highest point of the fourteen peaks above 8,000 metres with...

Pride and Prejudice: Jon Krakauer’s Chamonix

Pride and Prejudice: Jon Krakauer’s Chamonix

In the world of “adventure journalism” and mountain journalism in particular, there is a name that imposes itself to all: Jon Krakauer. Remember, it was him who wrote Tragedy on Everest and Into the Wild. Both stories were best-sellers and cinematographic...

Torre Egger : Marc Andre’s Vision

Torre Egger : Marc Andre’s Vision

In September 2016, Canadian Marc-André Leclerc made the first solo winter ascent of the Torre Egger, via the East Pillar and variants of the Titanic and De Dona – Giongo routes. This remarkable adventure, the details of which can be seen in The Alpinist, the...

MONT BLANC: THE NEW NORMAL ROUTES

MONT BLANC: THE NEW NORMAL ROUTES

Since March, a large crevasse has cut the normal route of Mont Blanc at the Bosses. It is therefore necessary to bypass it: from the right, some guides have placed moorings which have caused a controversy. The guide Daniel du Lac proposes here the main possible...

4 billion likes on Instagram, me, myself and I

4 billion likes on Instagram, me, myself and I

OOr rather 4.2 billion more precisely, of hearts that fill up every day on Instagram, worldwide, for more than 50 billion photos shared since its launch in 2010. Don’t throw away any more. “Insta” has got us. The image, here is the heart of this...

The mountain embodied: 50 names to know

The mountain embodied: 50 names to know

We’re a bit of a Buddhists at Alpine Mag. At the beginning of each year, we wonder under which features the mountain will be reincarnated. And when summer season comes, we start to see things clearly. Will we live then a period marked by physical and technical...

Monday motivation

Monday motivation

It is the story of a guy who kept his motivation. He attempted Everest in 2019, and had to stop at 8650 meters. Without oxygen, not because someone stole his tanks at Camp 4, but because he chose to climb in the most stripped down style. Turning back 200 meters from...

Teaser: 2d edition of Chamonix Film Festival is coming soon!

Teaser: 2d edition of Chamonix Film Festival is coming soon!

Here is the teaser for the second edition of Chamonix Film Festival! A not-to-be-missed event about mountain cinema. The major productions of the year (Beyond the Summits, Torn, etc.) will be screened from the 14th to the 19th of June 2022, as well as more traditional...

Running across the Hielo

Running across the Hielo

Ten years ago, the Brazilian ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel attempted to run the Circo de los Altares (Patagonia) in one go, but the weather hampered her dream. She returned with ultrarunner Kaytlyn Gerbin this time. They tackled the wild and remote Hielo Continental...

What is left of Ueli?

What is left of Ueli?

The passing is often remembered as a surprisingly distant fact. “Five years already!” one might wonder when remembering the death of Ueli Steck on April 30, 2017. On that day, the hurried mountaineer stumbled at Nuptse.  Yet I must confess that it is the...

Tengkangpoche’s movie by Tom Livingstone and Matt Glenn

Tengkangpoche’s movie by Tom Livingstone and Matt Glenn

In October 2021, British climbers Tom Livingstone and Matt Glenn made the first ascent of the North-East Pillar of Tengkangpoche (6,487 metres) in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Tom told us about it in our pages*, and the video of the feat in the route called Massive...

American Alpine Club : the legacy series

American Alpine Club : the legacy series

The American Alpine Club, “the largest community of rock-scaling misfits in the country” as they describe themselves, created a series of videos called Legacy Series to pay tribute to the visionary climbers who made the sport what it is today and stands as...

The legendary Conrad Anker

The legendary Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker has had an incredible life. And he’s not about to stop.At almost 60, the American is the character of a story so intense that even Hollywood would find it hard to believe. His life was adventurous when he was a young mountaineering prodigy climbing...

The snowflake perfection

The snowflake perfection

“Let us love the snow. Otherwise, we risk breaking our poetic balance and forgetting our human condition,” wrote Francis Bossus in La Forteresse (1971). This winter and for the time being, the new “white gold” is rather rare. Mountain lovers...

Ice climbing : always a famous place

Ice climbing : always a famous place

At the Fer à Cheval in Sixt, the disciples of François Damilano and Thierry Renault continued their exploration of the circus with talent. The free climbing of long interrupted icefalls, mixing dry tooling and pure ice climbing on suspended stalactites, became the...

Sam Anthamatten: Best supporting role

Sam Anthamatten: Best supporting role

The youngest member of the Anthamatten clan, now retired from the Freeride World Tour, teamed up with Jérémie Heitz to make the highly anticipated sequel to Heitz’s classic ski film La Liste (2016). The idea for La Liste 2: Everything or Nothing was very simple —...

Dani Arnold: against the clock

Dani Arnold: against the clock

He’d promised himself he would break the speed records for all six of the Alps’ legendary north faces. After the Cima Grande in Italy, the Grandes Jorasses in France and the Piz Badile, Matterhorn and Eiger in Switzerland, the only one left was the north face of the...

Chantel Astorga : Miss Denali

Chantel Astorga : Miss Denali

Chantel Astorga made her name in 2017, when she won the Piolet d’Or with Anne Gilbert Chase for their ascent of Nilkantha. She hit the headlines again in 2021 for making the first female solo ascent of the Cassin Route on Denali, a punishing, 2,500-m climb she...

Filip Babicz: a man in a hurry

Filip Babicz: a man in a hurry

B abicz earned himself the nickname Peuterey Man in 2020 when he added a record-breaking solo traverse of Mont Blanc’s longest ridge (completed in 17 hours) to his earlier record for climbing the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey, a route he polished off in just 90 minutes....

Andrzej Bargiel: Steep skiing, himalayan style

Andrzej Bargiel: Steep skiing, himalayan style

Where can you go to push yourself after climbing K2 extremely fast without oxygen and then doing the first ever ski descent (2018)? Not necessarily to another 8000er, says Bargiel, who stuck to “small” 6,000-m peaks in Pakistan in the spring of 2021. But it’s not all...

Marc Batard : Everest veteran

Marc Batard : Everest veteran

Marc Batard could star in one of those heist films where the hero comes out of retirement to do one last job. We thought he’d hung up his crampons, but, at the age of 70, he has just set a new record on Everest, 34 years after his ascent of the roof of the world in 22...

Léo Billon : Dru story

Léo Billon : Dru story

Corporal Léo Billon is currently one of the driving forces within France’s elite mountain regiment, the Groupe Militaire de Haute Montagne, specialising in routes that involve bivouacs and very heavy packs. First up was Blast, on the Aiguille de Blaitière, a hard new...

Christian Maurer: The King of the X-Alps

Christian Maurer: The King of the X-Alps

Maurer has reigned supreme over the world’s most prestigious paragliding competition since his first victory in 2009. He has now won the biannual X-Alps race across the Alps seven times, earning himself the nickname Chrigel, a combination of Christian and eagle. The...

Paul Bonhomme: X Skier

Paul Bonhomme: X Skier

Paul Bonhomme’s 10X Project to ski ten new lines in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps in just five months was the soap opera of 2021. Spoiler alert: the guide from Haute-Savoie achieved his goal with a mastery that demands respect. In fact, his project was not just a...

Conrad Anker: Mountaineer with a big heart

Conrad Anker: Mountaineer with a big heart

Conrad Anker has had an incredible life. Now approaching 60, his life has been so intense, even a Hollywood scriptwriter would find it far-fetched. A mountaineering prodigy, he had more than his share of adventures, climbing all around the world during the 1990s, the...

Vivian Bruchez: sage of the steeps

Vivian Bruchez: sage of the steeps

Vivian Bruchez does not consider himself an extreme skier, just someone who skis steep slopes. A distinction that most of us will struggle to grasp, given the impossible-looking nature of some of the faces he has skied. The Chamonix-based skier’s great strength is his...

François Cazzanelli: fast is safe

François Cazzanelli: fast is safe

Another Italian rocket, but one whose motor is just as efficient on the high peaks of the Himalaya. Cazzanelli made his name in 2019 by climbing Mont Blanc via the Peuterey Integral in 12 hours 12 minutes (round trip with Andreas Steindl) and then ticking off all four...

Julia Chanourdie: pure talent

Julia Chanourdie: pure talent

Julia Chanourdie is one of only three women in the world to have climbed 9b outside. She achieved this major milestone in 2020, when she followed her ascent of Super Crackinette (9a+) at Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux (France) by sending Eagle-4, a 9b on the same crag. The...

Ines Papert: Mountaineering with the family

Ines Papert: Mountaineering with the family

The multiple world champion ice climber, who stopped competing in 2006, still climbs and does so with her family. When she is not out with her son Emanuel, whom she started taking to world cup competitions when he was just one year old, she climbs with her husband,...

Carlos Soria: pensioner of the extreme

Carlos Soria: pensioner of the extreme

When some people retire, they buy themselves a campervan. Not Carlos Soria. He has spent his retirement flitting between basecamps in Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal. Despite being one of the world’s oldest active mountaineers, he is still pursuing his insane quest to climb...

Brooke Raboutou : In the blood

Brooke Raboutou : In the blood

It could be said that Brooke Raboutou has climbing in her blood. Her father, France’s Didier Raboutou, won three world cups; her mother, America’s Robyn Erbesfield, won five US championships and four world cups. And, to cap it all, Brooke grew up in Boulder, Colorado,...

Catherine Destivelle: Mont Blanc’s publisher

Catherine Destivelle: Mont Blanc’s publisher

In 2020, Catherine Destivelle became the first woman to be awarded a Piolet d’Or for her lifetime achievements. Indeed, her impressive climbing record across the Alps, from the Eiger to the Drus, and in the Himalayas, would, on its own, justify her place on this list....

Charles Dubouloz : The happy mountaineer

Charles Dubouloz : The happy mountaineer

2021 was a fantastic and very busy year for Charles Dubouloz. His greatest prize was the highly coveted north face of Chamlang (7,319 m), in the Himalayas, climbed with Benjamin Védrines in four days. Not only did they do it alpine style, it was the first time...

Mattéo Eydallin: Forever young

Mattéo Eydallin: Forever young

The Italian ski-mountaineer Matteo Eydallin, who now lives near Gap (France), has always been a master of individual ski mountaineering racing. Last year he carried off the crystal globe in the specialty, after winning three world cup events, as well as the world...

Nicolas Favresse : grade 8 humour

Nicolas Favresse : grade 8 humour

Nicolas Favresse has such a gift for making people laugh — just watch the films of his adventures on the world’s big walls — he could easily have gone into comedy, created a one-man show. The film of the three Alpine rock walls he climbed in 2020 with Sébastien...

Jost Kobush: Everest far from the crowds

Jost Kobush: Everest far from the crowds

This atypical mountaineer first came to the public’s attention a few years ago thanks to a documentary broadcast by the Franco-German TV channel Arte. He had just one ambition: to make history by climbing Everest in winter via an innovative and difficult new route....

Marek Holecek: Miracle survivor

Marek Holecek: Miracle survivor

Marek Holecek has already won two Piolet d’Ors for his first ascents on Gasherbrum (2017) and Chamlang (2019). His epic descent of Baruntse with his partner Radoslav Groh in the spring of 2021 also left a lasting impression. Having already bivouacked five times on...

Janja Garnbret : Forever first

Janja Garnbret : Forever first

Garnbret made sporting history in Tokyo by adding the first Olympic gold medal in climbing to the six world championship titles she had won over the previous five years. And, because winning competitions wasn’t enough, in November 2021 she became the first woman to...

Hillary Gerardi: suffer with a smile

Hillary Gerardi: suffer with a smile

Gerardi, who left her native Vermont for France 10 years ago, added a wonderful page to the history of ski mountaineering in April 2021 when she and Valentine Fabre set the first women’s record for the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route. The pair’s widely acclaimed...

Antoine Girard: higher and higher

Antoine Girard: higher and higher

The paragliding altitude record which Antoine Girard set when he flew over Broad Peak in 2016 stood for five years. Then, in July 2021, François Ragolski overtook him, or rather went above him, while flying with Girard in the Karakorum. No worries, a few days later...

Mingma Gyalje Sherpa : Words and deeds

Mingma Gyalje Sherpa : Words and deeds

Mingma Gyalje was a key figure in the first winter ascent of K2, one of the biggest events of 2021. He also helped initiate the project that led to the highly symbolic fact of a Nepalese team beating all the Western expeditions to the prize. Mingma G. never hid his...

Yasushi Yamanoi: a life to mountaineering

Yasushi Yamanoi: a life to mountaineering

Japan’s Yasushi Yamanoi, who has dedicated his life to mountaineering, succeeded Catherine Destivelle in being awarded the 2021 Piolet d’Or Carrière. He started out by climbing big walls and made his name around the world by soloing Fitz Roy in the winter of 1990. In...

Brette Harrington: partners in solo

Brette Harrington: partners in solo

When we interviewed Kilian Jornet, he named Brette Harrington as one of the climbers who inspired him the most. We did a quick search to find out more about this astonishing young woman. We soon learnt that she is one of the few (possibly the only) women to solo...

Quentin Roberts: Alone on Torre Egger

Quentin Roberts: Alone on Torre Egger

At the beginning of 2022 Roberts became the third person to solo from Punta Herron to Torre Egger, following in the footsteps of Colin Haley in 2016 and Marc-André Leclerc, also in 2016 but in winter. Roberts dedicated his traverse to Korra Pesce, who had died on...

Stefano Ghisolfi: One of the best climber of the world

Stefano Ghisolfi: One of the best climber of the world

After having completed Bibliographie in Céüse, the six-time world champion Italian found the 9c rating of Migos a little too high and downgraded it to “only” 9b+, thus provoking a small earthquake in the climbing world as we are talking about the ex-second...

Alex Honnold : An American in Chamonix

Alex Honnold : An American in Chamonix

Where can you go next after doing the solo of the century on El Capitan? To France, of course. Alex Honnold was sighted soloing the American Direct on the Petit Dru last summer — an impressive feat, but nowhere near as difficult as many of his other achievements. Film...

Kilian Jornet: ever stronger

Kilian Jornet: ever stronger

Killian Jornet has spent less time on the competition circuit in recent years, but when he does enter a race, he nails it. With a nine-out-of-nine success rate for 2021, what more could you ask? The outdoor superstar won the legendary Sierre Zinal race for the ninth...

Eliza Kubarska: a different regard

Eliza Kubarska: a different regard

Eliza Kubarska’s latest film, The Wall of Shadows, offers a very different take on Himalayan climbing to the heroics highlighted by most previous films. Focusing as much on the Sherpas as on the westerners they are accompanying on an attempt to climb Jannu, she...

Sophie Lavaud : 8000 collector

Sophie Lavaud : 8000 collector

After three unsuccessful attempts, Sophie Lavaud finally reached the summit of Dhaulagiri last autumn, thereby becoming the first Frenchwoman to climb twelve 8,000-m peaks. She has only two left to do, Lhotse and Nanga Parbat. Or three, to be more precise, as she did...

Tom Livingstone: the english job

Tom Livingstone: the english job

Livingstone first made headlines in 2019 with his ascent of Latok I with Aleš Česen and Luka Stražar, which earned the team a Piolet d’Or. In 2021, he was again singled out by the Piolet d’Or jury, this time for the new route he had climbed with fellow Brit Matt Glenn...

Tamara Lunger : Farewell to winter

Tamara Lunger : Farewell to winter

After being introduced to winter climbing by her fellow Italian Simone Moro (who, 12 years ago, became the youngest woman to climb Lhotse), Tamara Lunger decided to attempt K2 in winter, a mountain she had already climbed in summer without oxygen. But the expedition...

Bernadette McDonald : Mountaineering historian

Bernadette McDonald : Mountaineering historian

Bernadette McDonald is one of North America’s greatest mountaineering writers. Her twelfth and latest book, Winter 8000, is a masterful account of this major aspect of Himalayan climbing. It is a theme she had already touched upon in Freedom Climbers (2011), a history...

Alex Megos: step back to step up

Alex Megos: step back to step up

Alex Megos burst into the climbing saloon in 2013, when he became the first person to onsight 9a. After a six-year break from competitions, he got back in the saddle a few years ago, with the Olympics in his sights. But the Tokyo Games were an ordeal for the talented...

Garmin inReach Mini

Garmin inReach Mini

Test conditions Fall hiking and ski touring. Despite very cloudy conditions during our test, the Garmin InReach Mini found its satellites in less than a minute ©Ulysse Lefebvre Getting started Survival kit The mountain public knows Garmin mainly for its GPS watches...

Age of the Nepalese

Age of the Nepalese

It was a year ago, on January the 16th, 2021. In the midst of the pandemic, with its restrictions, and after a very difficult year for the expedition business, a team of ten Nepalese, led by Mingma G. Sherpa and Nirmal Purja, managed to overcome the last 8000 never...

Ski test : Salomon MTN 95

Ski test : Salomon MTN 95

Getting started One more time! Salomon has renewed its MTN Explore 95: the 2022 ski is the same as the 2021, which apart from the topsheet was the same as in 2020. Wide rounded tip with progressive rocker, we feel its obvious appetite to make its mark in all terrain...

Ski test : Faction Agent 2.0

Ski test : Faction Agent 2.0

Our test Size tested : 179 cm An all-gray ski, that we can’t decide if it is ultra-classic or very refined. The perceived quality is ok, it’s not superbly made, however, there is a beautiful die cut on the sole. Once riding the Faction Agent 2.0, you can feel the...

Ski test : G3 FINDr 94

Ski test : G3 FINDr 94

Our test Size tested : 177 cm We tested G3 skis a long time ago, at a time when the brand had not yet fully mastered the integration of carbon in its structures. The skis were very fickle, they transmitted a lot in the legs, you really had to hold them to get smooth...

ARCTIC 12, full movie

ARCTIC 12, full movie

In April 2021, Jackie Paaso and her team, including SCOTT athletes and IFMGA guides Erin Smart and Benjamin Ribeyre, set out on a 415km traverse above the Arctic Circle. The goal was to be the first group to summit and ski all the 2000-meter peaks in Sweden during...

Ski test : Kästle TX 103

Ski test : Kästle TX 103

Our test Size tested : 181 cm A superb ski that made the team of testers smile from ear to ear because its skiability is clearly in a class of its own in the freeride touring category. The design and manufacturing quality give the zing to this Kästle TX 103. Some...

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 105

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 105

Our test Size tested : 180 cm The Blizzard Zero G 105 is a ski with an imposing size: 105 mm. Its area of expertise is not in your classic ski touring. It’s more of a backcountry ski, where freeriding is top of the list. This ski is irreproachable in deep powder. It...

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 95

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 95

Our test Size tested : 178 cm This Blizzard Zero G 95 feels very lightweight underfoot (1260 g for 178 cm). It is very pleasant in the uphill, you can’t feel it, there’s no inertia. What are its limits? In the downhill going through mounds and chop, you must be wary...

Ski test : Völkl Rise Beyond 96

Ski test : Völkl Rise Beyond 96

Our test Size tested : 177 cm The Völkl Rise Beyond 96 in a few words? A very easy ski, quite light, not very mechanized, in other words, a heavy-built skier will deform it a lot and can lose balance on it. But around 70kg it’s very pleasant even if it completely...

The alpinist: Don’t look down

The alpinist: Don’t look down

There are missed appointments that leave their mark. In 2015, I had the chance to discover Squamish, where many high-level climbers were invited by their sponsors to gather at the penultimate temple of North American climbing. Among them, a certain Marc-André Leclerc....

The new trend of winter himalayism

The new trend of winter himalayism

When 10 Nepalese climbed K2 together on 16 January last, some said it was the end of an era: the last page in the history of winter climbing seemed to be written. A year later, we can see that this is not really the case: winter Himalayan climbing is booming, with at...

Matteo Della Bordella: The Italian of Patagonia

Matteo Della Bordella: The Italian of Patagonia

It took three expeditions and 150 days of climbing for Matteo Della Bordella to climb the west face of Torre Egger, in Patagonia. He finally succeeded on the route in 2013, climbing with Matteo Bernasconi, who died in an avalanche in 2020. Della Bordella was back in...

Nouria Newman : The flying kayaker

Nouria Newman : The flying kayaker

Having just received her fifth consecutive Rider of the Year trophy at the Whitewater Awards, Newman is unarguably the world’s leading extreme kayaker. As is often the case in outdoor sports, the young woman from Val d’Isère first made her name on the competition...

Adam Ondra : frustrated king

Adam Ondra : frustrated king

In August 2021 Ondra once again became the only person to have climbed 9c (Silence at Flatanger, climbed in 2017), when Stefano Ghisolfi downgraded Alex Megos’s route Bibliographie to 9b/b+. Many people had tipped Ondra to become climbing’s first Olympic champion, but...

Nirmal Purja: nepalese revolution

Nirmal Purja: nepalese revolution

    I n just two years he overturned everything in his path. First by climbing all fourteen 8,000ers in six months in 2019, and then by leading the Nepalese team on the historic first winter ascent of K2 in 2020. What is more, this latter climb was achieved...

Elisabeth Revol : Resilient

Elisabeth Revol : Resilient

Elisabeth Revol dropped out of sight after promoting her book To Live (published in 2019), which recounts her winter ascent of Nanga Parbat and subsequent dramatic rescue by the Polish climbers Denis Urubko and Adam Bielecki in 2018. Revol’s climbing partner, Tomasz...

Candide Thovex: Freeride superstar

Candide Thovex: Freeride superstar

Tricks and back flips galore… Candide Thovex has been bounding and summersaulting down mountains for 20 years, shocking and twisting his body every which way. He must have a good orthopaedist! The skier from La Clusaz still has a huge following on social media, where...

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi : from Free Solo to 14 peaks

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi : from Free Solo to 14 peaks

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is one of the biggest names in the mountain film world, especially since she won the Oscar for Best Documentary for Free Solo in 2019, which she directed with Jimmy Chin (who is also her husband). But, because she is less in the spotlight...

Benjamin Védrines : Super fast

Benjamin Védrines : Super fast

4hours 38 mins to traverse the Meije, solo, starting and finishing in La Grave, that is, 3,100 metres of climbing. It can’t be possible, or so you might think. But that’s just what Benjamin Védrines did in 2020. An impressive record that will be difficult to beat, as...

Silvia Vidal : Alone in the world

Silvia Vidal : Alone in the world

The 2021 Piolets d’Or very deservedly gave a special mention to the Catalan climber, who has been tackling big walls in Pakistan, Patagonia, Alaska and Mali alone (but with confidence) since 1995. Each expedition lasts several weeks, which means carrying ridiculously...

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll: Fitz Roy integrale

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll: Fitz Roy integrale

The most Patagonian of Belgians caused a stir in the climbing world in February 2021 by completing the first solo south-north traverse of the Fitz Roy range in six days. The Moonwalk Traverse involves climbing Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguja...

Symon Welfringer : Hurricane

Symon Welfringer : Hurricane

Symon Welfringer’s mixed route on the hitherto virgin south face of Sani Pakush, climbed with Pierrick Fine in 2020, is a masterpiece that fully deserves its Piolet d’Or. Truth be told, his earlier routes had hinted at what was to come. He cut his teeth on Risht Peak...

Tomás Aguiló: Survivor

Tomás Aguiló: Survivor

Tomàs Aguiló and Corrado Pesce were descending the north face of Cerro Torre after topping out on a new route (La Norte, 1,200 m, 90°, 7a, A2) when they were struck by an avalanche of ice and rock. Despite his injuries, Aguiló, an Italian guide who now lives in El...

Ski test : Dynafit Mezzalama

Ski test : Dynafit Mezzalama

Our test Size tested : 162 cm The Dynafit Mezzalama fits perfectly to its listed program: pure and hard racing! It has almost zero skiability but it offers incredible climbing performance. It is clearly and only made for skiers who line up for the Pierra Menta or the...

Ski test : K2 Wayback 80

Ski test : K2 Wayback 80

Our test Size tested : 170 cm The k2 Wayback 80 is an excellent ski, both lightweight and great skiability. It is well-balanced between the two. You can’t feel the ski underfoot, yet it is pretty fluid, and doesn’t have any nasty tricks up its sleeve. It pivots very...

Cogne : first Italian-style ice

Cogne : first Italian-style ice

The ice season traditionally opens with the first real drop in temperature, but also with an event that is well known to ice-climbing enthusiasts: the well-named Cogne Ice Opening. For this tenth edition, the organisers, Matthias Scherer, Heike and Tanja Schmitt, were...

Full circle, with Lynn Hill

Full circle, with Lynn Hill

Widely regarded as one of the leading competitive sport climbers in the world during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lynn Hill is famous for making the first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This is the video portrait of Lynn Hill, one of the...

Get us dreaming

Get us dreaming

“Um, I’ll have a think and get back to you…” Symon Welfringer (winner of the Piolet d’Or in 2021 with Pierrick Fine) was sharp enough to realise that our question, “What are the Piolets d’Or for?” actually hides several questions, each a potential minefield....

TOURING SKIS TEST – UP TO 90MM 2022

TOURING SKIS TEST – UP TO 90MM 2022

Here is our test of touring skis up to 90mm waist, winter 2022. Versatile by definition, designed for all-round skiers, this range of skis allows you to gain height, as these skis are often light, even very light. But in the 86mm to 90mm segment you’ll find THE...

Ski test – Wedze MT85

Ski test – Wedze MT85

Our test Size tested : 176 cm Wedze (Decathlon) offers this ski alone or in a pack with bindings (Dynafit Tour Light) and skins, for a very competitive price (575 €). The pair of skis alone is also sold at an attractive price (375 €). But does this mean we have a ski...

Ski test – Hagan Core 89

Ski test – Hagan Core 89

Our test Size tested : 170 cm The Hagan Core 89 rides on deep, hard, and groomed snow. It’s an excellent compromise between accessibility/skiability. It’s easy thanks to its pivoting, tip width, curve radius (18.5m), and flex distribution at the fore of the ski. All...

Ski test – Scott Superguide 88

Ski test – Scott Superguide 88

Our test Size tested : 170 cm A mixed review for this Scott Superguide 88 which needs a detailed analysis. You don’t feel immediately at ease on this ski. It’s very flat with a long edge length despite the front rocker. It feels like the ski is glued to the snow, a...

TEST SKI – WEDZE SLASH 100

TEST SKI – WEDZE SLASH 100

Notre test Testé en 183cm. Malgré sa largeur de patin relativement contenue (100mm) pour un ski de freeerando, il faut bien voir que ce Wedze Slash 100 est avant tout un ski de freeride. Pourquoi, parce que même monté en fixations à inserts, il reste conçu pour les...

Ski test – Movement Axess 86

Ski test – Movement Axess 86

Our test Size tested : 169 cm The Movement Axess 86 is a very light ski with carbon weaving showing through fore and aft. This Movement Axess 86 showcase this noble fiber with this transparent effect that the designers have mastered the ski’s lateral and longitudinal...

Ski test – Hagan Core 84

Ski test – Hagan Core 84

Our test Size tested : 162 cm We were able to test the Hagan Core 84 in size 162 cm, a women’s length… Therefore, when you weigh 70kg you find yourself on a very flexible ski. The tip bends, which obviously is detrimental to its fluidity. Although, a skier who’s...

LAST TRACK IN THE SNOW

LAST TRACK IN THE SNOW

Their tracks are lost on what seems to be a small snowy ridge.On the few photos released by the rescue team, we can guess the route taken by the three climbers. We understand their choice to stay on a snow line to avoid the adjacent coulées.We can imagine their...

Ski test – SkiTrab Magico 2

Ski test – SkiTrab Magico 2

Our test Size tested : 171 cm The Trab Magico 2 is a light ski, just over one kilo. On the snow, it is flighty, you must force down at the front to not be taken by surprise. The only problem is if you put too much pressure on it, due to the construction in this zone...

Ski test – Blizzard Zero G 85

Ski test – Blizzard Zero G 85

Our test Size tested : 178 cm With the Blizzard Zero G 85, you are closer to a traditional ski touring ski that is efficient in the climb, stable on the edge and in steep slopes. We really liked its main characteristic, which is its stability. When crossing slopes and...

The North Face Summit L3 50/50 Down Jacket

The North Face Summit L3 50/50 Down Jacket

Test conditions Chilly departures on ski touring, ice climbing belays. Unboxing This jacket is amazing and at first glance, somewhere between a good old down jacket and a small warm jacket.The outer fabric seems particularly resistant, without the fragile aspect of...

Ski test – SkiTrab Maestro.2

Ski test – SkiTrab Maestro.2

Our test Size tested : 171 cm The Trab Maestro.2 is a 100% touring ski that feels like it’s impressively light. It does : 953 g for 171 cm. At any rate, it is very pleasant, you can’t feel it underfoot. Its active edge is pretty long and contributes to a good grip on...

Advanced Mountain Kit The North Face

Advanced Mountain Kit The North Face

The North Face is accustomed to presenting innovations on a regular basis, and provides the means to do so. This fall, it is the launch of a complete range for mountaineering, the Advanced Mountain Kit, which is at the heart of the brand’s news. It is a very high-end...

class struggle at the top

class struggle at the top

Last week was marked by a surprising debate. Some people wondered if the top of a mountain was the highest point or the more comfortable little flat spot below.What does this curious episode tell us? A dusty quibble of specialists around a few meters of snow? No....

The truth about Manaslu

The truth about Manaslu

Manaslu has been the talk of the town. Summit, not summit? One is tempted to say, it’s over. In a post published on October 13, the Himalayan Data Base, the venerable institution that took over Miss E. Hawley’s verification work, wrote: “With the...

A new major climb on La Meije South Face

A new major climb on La Meije South Face

At the end of August, Benjamin Ribeyre, Erin Smart and Cyril Dupeyré completed their project on the south face of the Meije, the opening of a new major route on the Doigt de Dieu. Mountain guide based in La Grave, Benjamin Ribeyre has a passion for the Reine Meije....

Verdon : the show must go on

Verdon : the show must go on

We will never get tired of seeing the mythical cliffs of the Verdon. Even better: it is his story that is summarized here in about twenty minutes. Alternating interviews with Bernard Vaucher, Bernard Gorgeon, Catherine Destivelle, Angelika Rainer, Lionel Catsoyannis...

David Roberts 1943 – 2021

David Roberts 1943 – 2021

Known in the climbing world as a mountaineer, author and the dean of adventure reporting, David Roberts has died at 78, August 20th. He was the author or cowriter of 32 books, including four that he finished after his throat cancer diagnosis. Australian mountaineer...

Riding down Piz Boè on a bike

Riding down Piz Boè on a bike

Guinness World Record holder Tom Oehler has taken trial mountain biking to new heights again. The 37-year-old Austrian, who holds the world records in bike high jump (3m, 9.8 ft, 2009, Kaprun, Austria) and 400m hurdles on a bike (44,62s, 2013, Linz, Austria), rode...

No room for mistakes !

No room for mistakes !

Mountain biking is on the rise, and trials athletes are having a field day when they accept a certain amount of commitment. Follow Austrian trials mountain biker, Tom Oehler, on his mission through the Dolomites, taking on the most exposed and extreme MTB trails he...

The invention of the fleece

The invention of the fleece

Everyone has one, or several, at home. 40 years ago, fleeces ousted woollens : offering just as much warmth, they are water-repellent, wind-proof, breathable and cosy ; an ideal combination in the mountains. But how did fleeces, a game changer for outerwear, come...

Millet Trilogy 15+ backpack

Millet Trilogy 15+ backpack

Getting started At first glance, this Millet Trilogy 15+ bag is a strange object. Is it a trail bag with its large shoulder straps and helmet holders? Is it a mountaineering bag with its ice axe holders? Or a ski bag with ski racks?  Or is it a climbing bag with its...

Chamonix, mountain film capital past and present

Chamonix, mountain film capital past and present

From 9 to 13 June, Chamonix Mont-Blanc hosted its first mountain film festival, and we saw many of you there ! Such a festival was a natural choice for the “world capital of mountaineering”, which has attracted film-makers for over a century and provided backdrops for...

The Golden Pillar

The Golden Pillar

The Golden Pillar of the Spantik owes its name to the orange-pink marble which captures the light of the setting sun. It has often been compared to large alpine routes such as the Walker Spur, but the Walker starts at 3000 meters and climbs to 4000, while the pillar...

[Teaser] JULIA, the story of Julia Chanourdie

[Teaser] JULIA, the story of Julia Chanourdie

Julia-Teaser from Alpine Mag Pro on Vimeo. Julia Chanourdie made the most her time in 2020 without any competitions by sending her first 9a+ at the beginning of the year 2020 in Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux, France. In November 2020, at the same crag, she sent her first 9b...

ARCTERYX NORVAN SL2

ARCTERYX NORVAN SL2

You can innovate once on 1000 details, you can refine an innovation 1000 times, but you can’t put together 1000 novelties 1000 times. Or close to it. In short: Arcteryx is taking the world of footwear to the top. The quintessence of materials, perfection of...

SALOMON SENSE 4 PRO

SALOMON SENSE 4 PRO

We loved the Sense 3 Pro so much, which succeeded in conceiving the almost-impossible: to bring together all running profiles, to satisfy from 40 to 80 km or even more. Curiosity climaxes in 2020, and an indispensable award in 2021: the Sense 4 Pro remains a...

ASICS FUJI TRABUCO MAX

ASICS FUJI TRABUCO MAX

At last an Asics for ultra that meets all expectations! The ex-aficionados deplored successive innovations: where was the Asics expertise, what were those tenfold grips… The Fuji Trabuco Pro 2021 is simply full and harmonious. Precise fit and amazing lacing;...

Ski test : Dynafit Beast 98

Ski test : Dynafit Beast 98

Our test Size tested : 184 cm The Dynafit Beast 98 doesn’t have a very lifted tip, when you find yourself in deep or crusted snow you are quickly taken by surprise. You mustn’t lean forward, and be sure with your balance. In wide turns at high speed, if you put...

Yvon Chouinard : Some Stories

Yvon Chouinard : Some Stories

New book column ! Yvon Chouinard left his mark on El Capitan and Fitz Roy, and established the emblematic brand, Patagonia, having started out forging climbing equipment by hand. A collection of his writings, Some Stories is an autobiographical book which sheds light...

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