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PRESS RELEASE: Percy Bishton appointed Chief Routesetter for Bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Games Percy Bishton, IFSC Chief Routesetter and co-owner of the Climbing Works in Sheffield has been appointed as the Chief Routesetter for Bouldering at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Bouldering will sit alongside Speed Climbing and Lead Climbing to form the Combined Discipline that will make its Olympic debut on the 4th to the 7th August 2020 in Tokyo.

Climbing in Sudan, new routes in Taka mountains above Kassala Chris Warner from Australia reports about a rock climbing trip to Kassala in western Sudan with Jonny Baker which resulted in a handful of new routes in the Taka Mountains,.

How will Brexit affect travel insurance? The UK leaving the EU, with or without a deal, will change the way Brits travel to and from the UK. What does Brexit mean for our holidays? And how will it affect travel insurance? Find out more here. The countdown to the unknown has started: the UK is scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020.

The Sand Rules, traditional climbing on the sandstone towers in the Czech Republic The documentary The Sand Rules by Fabrizio Zampetti and Andrea Rizzi featuring the fascinating rock climbing on the sandstone towers in the Czech Republic and Saxon Switzerland in eastern Germany.

Details of Kerr McIntosh funeral. RIP Kerr. From the family :We are so sad to announce our beautiful dad Kerr McIntosh passed away peacefully on Sunday 19th Jan. A true gentleman and our hero until the end, the best dad and grandad anyone co…

Cerro Torre East Face, 2019 Matteo Della Bordella and Matteo Pasquetto attempt They are joined by Matteo Bernasconi who last year had injured his knee shortly before departure. While awaiting for news from the end of the world, here's the footage of 2019 attempt.Link: ragnilecco.com, FB Matteo Della Bordella, Karpos. Full text search.

Ben Rinnes my local hill - with some old pals a visit to the aircraft crash site. A birthday cake. It is grand to have a wee Corbett on the doorstep and Ben Rinnes at 814 metres is the nearest hill to my house in Burghead it is also the North East most Northerly Corbett. An isolated hill near Dufftown whisky country it has great views of the Moray Firth and the Cairngorms which looked a bit windy today.

The Pretend Toprope "On arriving at the belay, I saw that my partner had tried to put the tube-style belay device in guide mode, but failed."

Review: Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime, by Ben Moon Ben Moon, the American climber, adventure photographer, and cancer survivor, has penned a masterful memoir that strikes all the right notes, whether you're a dog lover, a climber, or both.

Matterhorn Grandes Murailles winter enchainment completed by François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti After a failed attempt in 2017 and another in 2018, François Cazzanelli and Francesco Ratti have now completed their humungous winter project: the enchainment of all the peaks on the never-ending the ridge that joins some of the main massifs in Valtournenche: the Furggen chain, the Matterhorn, Grandes Murailles and Petites Murailles.

FRI NIGHT VID: 8c+ Multi-pitch by Fabian Buhl This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Ratikon in Switzerland. Fabian Buhl attempts the route Déjà, which was bolted in 1992 by Michi Wyser and Andres Lietha. The pair spent two years bolting…

Colmar & cult Tokyo label White Mountaineering join forces on a new collab Having previously joined forces with Hood By Air founder Shayne Oliver on a directional collection of outerwear designed with the ski slopes in mind, Italian label Colmar has announced its next collaboration comes courtesy of cult Japanese brand White Mountaineering.Â.

Women in Adventure 2020 Film Entries Announced The annual BMC TV and Womenclimb Women in Adventure Film Competition received 30 entries this year and the list of films has now been released online. The competition was conceived in 2014 as an attempt to get more women in front of and behind the camera in the context of adventure and the outdoors.

REVIEW: Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket Patagonia have used Gore-Tex Active, a 3-layer laminate which Gore say is the lightest and most breathable of their 3-layer collection. The 30 denier nylon face fabric feels suitably thin for a shell this lightweight, which has been welcomed when weight and space are a focus in a full winter sack.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Inverness - a great night. Great motivation on the final film about and 82 year old to life - "No Problem a great Mantra" Last night I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Eden Court Inverness. Banff in Canada is a place I know well from my many visits in the 80's, 90, and onwards ice climbing. What a country Canada is and it's amazing a small town like Banff has such a great Film and book festival.

Grace Staberg podiums at pair of French ski mountaineering events FRISCO - After the highs and lows of the Youth Olympics experience, Grace Staberg podiumed at a pair of French Championship series ski mountaineering events this past weekend. In Courchevel, France on Friday, Staberg finished first in a vertical race in the youth 18-20 age-group division.

Behind the Scenes With the 2019 World Championship Routesetters Learn what went on behind the problems for the 2019 IFSC Boulder World Championships, with introspective interviews from the setting team.

Paul Bonhomme scores steep ski descent down Punta Patrì in Gran Paradiso massif French mountain guide Paul Bonhomme has skied Linea senza frontiere, a new steep ski descent down the south face of Punta Patrì in the Gran Paradiso massif. Bonhomme, who ascended the same line he later skied, reports.

Crib Goch for Sunrise It has been a stunning week of temperature inversions here in Snowdonia and so I was pretty keen to get out for sunrise this morning and make the most of it. A quick text saw Tarquin and Lou on board, an early alarm got me out of bed and then we had a beautiful day…

Understanding Avalanche Conditions During Winter Mountaineering Understanding avalanche conditions during winter mountaineering is an important part of safe climbing. Learn about conducting snow pit tests, pregame research and avalanche survival practices.

Stefano Carnati climbing Biographie at Céüse in France Few routes in the world have captured the imagination as much as Biographie, the groundbreaking work of art of mother nature at Céüse in France, bolted by Jean-Cristophe Lafaille in the early 1990s and freed, after an epic siege, by Chris Sharma in 2001.

Ben Lui - The Helicopter used as a belay to lower the stretcher, then stuck overnight on the ridge and given a Parking Ticket. Ben Lui at 3707 feet is a superb mountain in the southern Highlands of Scotland, at the head of Glen Fyne. It has five well-defined ridges radiating out from the summit. Four corries lie between the ridges; including Coire Gaothaich which lies on the northeast side of the mountain.

Deal of the Week: Save on Last Season's The North Face Apparel, Footwear, and Gear Right now, you can get last season's jackets, tents, shoes, sleeping bags, and more from The North Face for 30% off-and often more than that.

Alex Honnold Responds to Internet Questions Watch Alex Honnold provide genuine answers to questions like "How do you get down?" and "Does Jared Leto free solo?"

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