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Grandes Jorasses Walker Spur Cassin route: double one-day winter ascent! The next day we returned home. It was an incredible coincidence to all be on the same route on the very same day!" The first winter ascent was carried out from 25 to 30 January 1963 by Walter Bonatti and Cosimo Zappelli. Links: FB Gmhm, FB Caro North, FB Carlos Molina.

The Baden Powell Award a special heart warming night in Beith. Yesterday was a special day for my nephews daughter Beth she was awarded the Baden Powell Award for Guides In Beith surrounded by her family and friends. I was honoured to be asked to present this to her and speak to the Guides and their families. My family have always been great supporters of the Guides with my sisters all being in them.

Buy your own Guardian classic photograph: Aonach Mòr, March 2018 This week in our series of classic Guardian photographs, an image of winter walkers in the shadow of Ben Nevis shot in 2018 by Murdo MacLeod.

UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup 2019 Denver-Lead and Speed Watch speed finals, lead semi-finals, and lead finals live from the final event of the 2019 Ice Climbing World Cup season.

Funny: Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll and Nico Favresse-Patagonia "Done in R1" Music Video This is, by far, our favorite song about fleece.

Photo Essay: The Best of the British Isle's Endless Sea Cliffs Nine photos of the big, the bad, the bold, and the beautiful sea cliff climbs that wrap around the British Isles 8,000 mile coastline.

FRI NIGHT VID: Jim Bridwell's Last Interview Our Friday Night Video this week is Jim Bridwell in conversation with John Long. This interview would be Bridwell's last and the following day Bridwell, who was critically ill with Hepatitis C,…

Aim High: Gurkha Wants To Break Mountaineering Record After 16 years in the British Army, a Gurkha is aiming to break an epic mountaineering world record.

Sport Climbing Proposed for Olympic Games Paris 2024 The Paris Organising Committee has proposed to add Sport Climbing to the Olympic Games Paris 2024. If approved, sport climbing will feature in the Summer Olympic Games for the second consecutive edition after Tokyo 2020. Furthermore, under new proposals Speed climbing is separated from Boulder + Lead.

Human spirit climbs to another level in Free Solo The audacious documentary deserves to be an Oscar winner – not only for its physical feats and film-making but also, suggests Geoff Dyer, its call to seize life.

REVIEW: The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka It's way more jacket than most of us will ever need, at a price that most people would think twice about, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay Parka would be a decent choice.

Jim Bridwell's Last Interview In a conversation with John Long, Jim Bridwell recounts his epic on Patagonia's Cerro Torre in 1979.

BMC AGM weekend 2019 This year, the BMC AGM is heading to Buxton. Join BMC President Lynn Robinson for the annual President's dinner and Volunteer Awards on Saturday night, and then have your vote on the running of the BMC on Sunday. The BMC AGM weekend is taking place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019 in Buxton.

New Climbing Format Proposed for 2024 Paris Olympics Separates Speed Climbing If the proposal is confirmed, the 2024 Olympics will expand to include more climbers and isolate speed from lead and bouldering.

Matterhorn West Face climbed in winter by Marco Farina and Marco Majori Last week the two Italian military corps mountaineers Marco Farina and Marco Majori made a rare ascent, probably only the second, of Via Ottin - Daguin up the Matterhorn's West Face.

First Ascents for Dan Varian in Yorkshire and Northumberland As usual, Dan Varian has had a prolific few months in Northumberland and Yorkshire, combining his time between first ascents, fatherhood and spearheading a new tree planting initiative with his company Beastmaker. The Dopper Effect at Caley. Across Yorkshire, Dan has tackled some impressive lines such as the huge slab at Earl's Seat.

NEWSFLASH: Sport Climbing included in Paris 2024 Olympic Games The Olympic climbing movement is growing, according to news just in from IFSC Athletes' Commision chair Sean McColl. Paris 2024 has put forth Sport Climbing as one of the additional sports at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, adding another set of medals and thereby doubling both the medal and athlete quota of Tokyo 2020.

PRODUCT NEWS: Dolomite Torq GTX 2.0 Shoe Torq Gtx 2.0 is a versatile mountain boot, which ideally suits people who practise light mountaineering and via ferratas.

Unsent: Every Mountain Project Comment Thread "I skipped the second bolt and placed an RP instead to let you all know how strong and brave I am."

Report: The BMC Youth Open Bouldering Competition 2019 The BMC Youth Open Bouldering competition last weekend was absolutely buzzing. Loads of psyche from all our young guns and loads of laughs. Here's what went down and the full results. Yet another awesome competition is over! This year's BMC Youth Open Bouldering competition took place on 16 February 2019.

Jimmy Webb Sends Dreamcatcher Watch boulderer Jimmy Webb take on Dreamcatcher, an iconic Chris Sharma sport route in Squamish.

NEWSFLASH: New Font 8C+ from Giuliano Cameroni 21-year-old Giuliano Cameroni has climbed a new Font 8C+ in Brione, Switzerland, on the same boulder as Dave Graham's Pamplemousee. Cameroni named the problem 'Poison the Well' and he believes it to be his hardest problem to date. This was Cameroni's first of the grade, having previously climbed seven 8C's.

Seven Glen Etive Hydro Schemes Approved All seven hydro electric schemes proposed for Glen Etive have been approved at a planning meeting today, a decision that has met with anger among conservationists. Energy firm Dickins Hydro Resources applied to build the electricity plants last year.

Giuliano Cameroni potent on Poison the Well, 8C+ boulder at Brione in Switzerland Swiss rock climber Giuliano Cameroni has made the first ascent of Poison the Well, an 8C+ boulder problem at Brione in Switzerland.

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