--Northwest Alpinist and well-known Alaskan climber, Joe Puryear , was killed on Labuche Kang (24,170') in a remote region of Tibet this week. Details are still scarce, but they are slowly being posted on cascadeclimbers and on supertopo . Following is a quick bio from his website
Joe grew up climbing in the Cascade Range of Washington. Joe's climbing career has taken him around the world to such places as the Nepal, China, Patagonia, Mexico, the Andes, the Alps, Africa, and the Canadian Rockies. Most recently he has been making been making first peak ascents of major Himalayan summits, with seven to his credit so far. Over the last 15 years he has also climbed extensively in Alaska and has written a guidebook to the Alaska Range called Alaska Climbing. Joe resides in Leavenworth, Washington with his wife Michelle.
--Chhewang Nima, a legendary Everest Sherpa, is still missing and feared dead in the Himalaya. On October 23rd, Nima was fixing ropes on Baruntse (23,494') for a British expedition, when an avalanche hit and caused him to fall down the north-east slope of the mountain. A renowned mountain climber, Nima was well respected in climbing circles for reaching the summit of Everest nineteen times. To read more, click here .
--The Spanish National Women's Alpine Climbing Team had a tremendously successful summer in both the West Pyrenees and the Karakoram, completing five first ascents. The expedition, which featured four of Spain's top female climbers, took a year of preparation and research before they set foot in the mountains. To read more, click here .
--Climber and Arctic explorer Eric Larsen is the first person ever to reach the North and South poles and the summit of Mount Everest in under a year. Larsen traveled to places he calls "the top, bottom and roof of the world" with the goal of boosting awareness of the impact of climate change on remote environments. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued an uninjured climber last Wednesday from 12,325-foot Teewinot Peak. Eric Steinmann, 26, called a friend from the East Face of the mountain to report he was in a location where he couldn’t continue climbing without risking a fall. Rangers launched a rescue shortly thereafter. Due to the lateness of the call they used a helicopter to perform the rescue.To read more, click here .
The Tallest Climbing Wall in the WorldFrom DVICE
--The Excalibur in Groningen, Netherlands, is likely the tallest climbing wall in the world. Though it's not easy to see in the picture, one aspect of the 121 foot wall is somewhat overhung. To read more, click here .
--Film-maker Oakley Anderson-Moore has recently finished an early edit of a film about the first real generation of American rock climbers. Anderson-Moore's film, "The Last Wild Mountain: Portrait of the American Climber" will air at the American Mountaineering Museum, in Golden, Colorado , on November 16. To read more, click here .
--For over 10 years the Winder Wildlands Alliance has been working closely with Friends of the Routt Backcountry on resolving conflicts in the Hahn's Peak Area of the Routt National Forest in Colorado . Unfortunately, the Forest Service has failed to adequately consider the impacts of a proposed snowmobile trail to the local backcountry ski community and we need your help. The Routt National Forest has issued an Environmental Analysis that ignores the impact s of snowmobiles to the environment and other recreationists. The preferred alternative would establish a new snowmobile trail through the middle of a popular and historic non-motorized ski destination. Currently there is less than thirty days to submit comments on this plan. To read more, click here.
--The Asian Piolet d'Or took place this week. The following is a roundup from the Explorer's Web
Japanese Yasushi Okada and Katsutake Yokoyama have won the fifth "Les Piolets d’Or Asia" after their new route on Canada's Mt. Logan (5,900m), according to the decision of a jury headed by Denis Urubko. The ceremony was held in Seoul earlier today.
--In the very small world of climbing companies, lawsuits between them make big news. That's why the fact that Mad Rock filed a lawsuit against Climb X is noteworthy. To read about the specifics, click here .
--Officials say a climbing wall collapse at a northwestern Montana church camp sent eight children to area hospitals with broken bones and heavy bruising. Glacier Camp and Conference Center Interim Director Steve Edwards says the collapse occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday at the camp next to the scenic Flathead Lake near the town of Lakeside. To read more, click here .
The North Face of the Eiger
--Robert Jasper and Roger Schaeli have completed the first free ascent of the legendary Harlin Direttissima on the Eiger north face (13,024'). Between September 20 and 23, the duo climbed the 6000-foot route in alpine style. The original route requires 80-degree ice and A3 rock climbing. Free climbing, the route clocked in at M8 5.11d. To read more, click here .
--While we don't normally cover climbing competitions, this one stood out. Chris Sharma recently won the deep-water soloing tournament on Sunday in the Basque city of Bilbao in north-central Spain. This event drew nearly 5000 spectators, which is likely the largest audience any climbing event has ever drawn. To read more, click here .