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Mitsu Iwasaki begins duties as the American Alpine Club‘s new CEO on August 3

Mitsu Iwasaki will assume duties as the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Alpine Club on August 3. [Photo] Courtesy of the American Alpine Club The American Alpine Club announced yesterday that Mitsu Iwasaki will take over as its Chief Executive Officer on August 3. Iwasaki is replacing CEO Phil Powers, who announced last October that he would be stepping down this summer after serving for 15 years. Iwasaki is has been working

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Four "significant ascents" announced for 2020 Piolets d‘Or

The northwest face of Chamlang (7321m) with UFO Line (ABO: M6, WI5, 2500m) marked in red. [Photo] Zdenek Hak and Marek Holecek collection The Piolets d‘Or committee has announced the selection of four "significant ascents" from 2019 that will be recognized on September 19-22 during the Ladek Mountain Film Festival in Poland, which is still on schedule to be held from September 11 through September 22 in spite of the ongoing COVID-19

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Two new 5.13 routes freed on the Diamond of Longs Peak (Neniisotoyou‘u) on August 9

Chris Weidner sends the last pitch (5.12d) of Gambler‘s Fallacy (5.13b, 9 pitches) on the Diamond of Longs Peak (Neniisotoyou‘u), with Bruce Miller belaying on August 9. Weidner‘s redpoint was the first ascent of the route, to which he and Miller have dedicated 51 days since July 2017. Weidner will soon return to support Miller‘s free attempt. [Photo] Jon Glassberg/Louder Than Eleven Conditions must have been pretty

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Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell complete "Continental Divide Ultimate Linkup" in Rocky Mountain National Park

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell can be seen standing on the summit of the Sharkstooth (12,630‘) in Rocky Mountain National Park at sunrise on Saturday, July 18, during their "Continental Divide Ultimate Linkup" (CDUL). [Photo] Adam Stack Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed another linkup of staggering proportions that left them both "hobbling around," as Honnold recently told Alpinist. But this time, instead of Yosemite

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Five books are on the Boardman-Tasker shortlist for 2020

This image shows the five books that are on the shortlist for the 2020 Boardman-Tasker award. [Image] BoardmanTasker.com Five books are on the shortlist for the Boardman-Tasker Award this year, and Alpinist Editor-in-Chief Katie Ives is concluding her two-year term limit as a judge. The Boardman-Tasker website describes the following criteria: Books with mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, dr

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Get Out And Trek announces LGBTQ+ Outdoor Equality Index

A Get Out And Trek (GOAT) climbing event in Kent, Connecticut. [Photo] Courtesy of GOAT The Vermont-based adventure company Get Out And Trek (GOAT) announced on May 14 that they are developing the outdoor industry‘s first Outdoor Equality Index (OEI) to help companies and organizations improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts targeting LGBTQ+ communities. Evan Ferchau, GOAT‘s new Director of Equality Programs, wil

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Coronavirus Update: doctors tell us what to know before going back to the crag or gym

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. [Image] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) While the number of COVID-19 cases is declining in some areas of the US, allowin

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Transcendental Linkup: Five routes up to 5.12a totaling 2,400‘ on Pikes Peak in 21 hours

Noah McKelvin and Luke Negley after pounding a birthday-cake flavored protein shake with Finger Fanger (5.10a, 500‘) looming behind them on the north face of Pikes Peak, Colorado. [Photo] McKelvin/Negley collection On August 22, Noah McKelvin (28) and Luke Negley (20) climbed five major formations on Colorado‘s Pikes Peak in a single push. On the way they racked up five routes with difficulties up to 5.12a totaling 2,400 feet o

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Two Alpinist stories are candidates for Best Mountaineering Article in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

Alpinist 67 (Autumn 2019) and Alpinist 68 (Winter 2019-20) include stories that are finalists in the category for Best Mountaineering Article at the 2020 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The Banff Mountain Book Competition released the long list of contenders for various categories on September 15--two stories from Alpinist magazine are being considered for Best Mountaineering Article: "Denali, A Universe," by Jan Harper-Haines, firs

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Italian alpinist Matteo Bernasconi killed in avalanche while ski-mountaineering

Matteo Bernasconi in his element. [Photo] Courtesy of Matteo Della Bordella As travel restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic continue, climbers around the world connected remotely through Facebook on May 17 to raise their glasses in a toast to the life of Matteo "Berna" Bernasconi, a highly regarded Italian alpinist who died in an avalanche while ski-mountaineering in northern Italy on May 12. He was 38 years old. Bernasconi worked as a

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"A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground" is now available to watch with donations to the Climbing Grief Fund

Today marks the release of the long-anticipated film, "A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground," directed by Henna Taylor. The film release is in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Climbing Grief Fund (CGF)--from now until July 20, people who donate 15 or more to the CGF will receive access to the film. There is also an online auction from July 7 through July 20, and discussion panels on July 9 and July 14. "A Thousand Ways to Kiss the G

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