Weekly trekking tales #16
Nanga Parbat: first winter ascent and summit
We have been following recent Italian expeditions to Nanga Parbat. On Friday 26 February 2016 Italy's Simone Moro, Spain's Alex Txikon and Pakistan's Ali Sadpara successfully carried out the historic first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat (8126m, Karakorum, Pakistan). Italy's Tamara Lunger stopped her bid on the ridge below the summit. Towards 20:00 circa (Pakistan time) all four alpinists returned to Camp 4 at 7100m.
Sun and Limestone in Laem Phra Nang (Railay), Thailand
Laem Phra Nang, the peninsula jutting out from the south coast of Thailand into the Andaman Sea, is better known simply as Railay. Offering a huge number of bolted sport routes, it’s a deservedly world famous climbing arena. Steep lines on vertical limestone afford stunning views over palm trees and sparkling azure waters. The rock itself often seems purpose built for climbing. Lines top out into surreal aerial caves and stalactites stretch down from precipitous overhangs. Wall-to-wall sunshine and an abundance of restaurants and bars make for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Klaus Polzer crowned Arc'teryx King of Dolomites 2016
German photographer Klaus Polzer, with a photo of rider Neil Williman, has won the 2016 edition of Arc'teryx King of Dolomites, the photo contest in the Pale di San Martino range aimed at shooting the most beautiful freeride, ski or snowboard photo of the Dolomites.
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A trek to Brighu Lake (Himachal Pradesh)
A funny and introspective tale of a trek to Brighu Lake (H.P.)
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