Latok, Choktoi, Shipton Spire, Baffin Island, Dolomites, Norway

Doug Chabot, Mark Richey and Steve Swenson failed to climb the north ridge of Latok I (7145m) due to deep unconsolidated snow. This elegant ridge known as the “Walker Spur of the Karakoram” has so far thwarted over twenty attempts by talented alpinists. Chabot, Richey and Swenson did succeed on Choktoi (6166m). Lindsay Griffin reports at Pakistan´s Shipton Spire (5885m) gained two new lines this summer: the first by a team of four Russians who took the full height of the southeast face, and the second a spirited solo effort by Spain´s foremost female big wall climber, Silvia Vidal. She climbed the shorter?but no less steep?northeast pillar and did not continue to the summit. Lindsay Griffin reports at Several new big aid routes have been established in the Sam Ford Fjord area of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, by a Norwegian and a French team. Lindsay Griffin reports at On August 4, Mauro “Bubu” Bole and Gabriele Gorobey completed the first free ascent of Donnafugata (7a A2 or 8a [5.13b] free, 23 pitches, 750m) on Torre Trieste (2458m) in Belluno, Civetta, Dolomites, Italy. Nicholas Middleton reports at In Norway the Austrians Markus Haid and Hansjörg Auer carried out the first one day redpoint ascent of the trad route “Arctandria” (8b) on Blamannen, Norway. This 450m line follows a series of cracks up the north face of the massive granite monolith Blamannen and was first ascended in 1981, then freed in 2005 by the Swiss duo Didier Berthod and Giovanni Quirici. Report at ( Source: Alpinist )