In Part One, we covered 15 interesting things that occurred last year in mountaineering. However, there is a lot more that happened than we covered earlier! Let’s see what else happened to climbers in 2018:
1. Andreas Steindl conquers Mount Matterhorn in a little under 4 hours
Andreas Steindl, a Swiss guide, managed to climb and descend Mount Matterhorn in just a little under 4 hours! Steindl has climbed Mount Matterhorn previously – a record 88 times before his sprint in August 2018. Read the original article here.
2. Czech duo win Piolets d’Or 2018
Marek Holeček, and Zdenek Hak have been honoured with the prestigious Piolets d’Or award for conquering a new route on Mount Gasherbrum I. The expedition took a total of six days, with the pair establishing their route on the southwestern face on their fifth attempt. Read the original article here.
3. British Mountaineers conquer virgin peak in India’s Garhwal Himalayas
British climbers Guy Buckingham, Malcolm Bass, and Paul Figg have accomplished a successful first attempt on Mount Janhukot, in India’s Garhwal Himalayas. The peak, which was a previously unclimbed one, is located beyond Mount Shivling at the end of the Gangotri glacier. Read the original article here.
4. Austrian duo win 2018 Lead Climbing World Championships
Austrians Jakob Schubert, and Jessica Pilz won the Lead Climbing World Championships 2018, in their respective male and female categories. The Lead Climbing World Championships 2018 were held in Innsbruck, Austria. Read the original articles here, and here.
5. Philipp Angelo dies aged 36
Philipp Angelo, an Italian guide, died in August 2018, after a fall while climbing up Mount Grandes Jorasses, a Mont Blanc massif. He was climbing the Northern Face of Mount Grandes Jorasses alone, and witnesses say that he fell from a height of at least 11,800 feet above sea level. Read the original article here.
6. Jeff Lowe, an influential mountaineer, dead at 67
Jeff Lowe, a renowned American mountaineer, passed away at age 67 on 24th August 2018. Mr. Lowe had more than 1000 first ascents on various peaks, and was awarded the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Read the original article here.
7. French climbers traverse new routes in Revelation Mountains, USA
After more than a week in the Revelation Mountains of Alaska, a team of French climbers managed to chalk out two new routes. Climbers Thomas Auvaro, Jeremy Fino, Matthieu Rideau, and Antoine Rolle completed their expedition in early April 2018. Read the original article here.
8. Chimborazo Challenge: A quest to raise funds for the underprivileged
Marta Hughes, from Luxembourg, has gone one step further in her volunteer efforts. A board member for SOS Children’s Villages, she decided to climb Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador, to raise funds. Named the Chimborazo Challenge, the funds raised through it will go towards supporting the NGO’s charitable activities in Ecuador. Read the original article here.
9. Indian Navy team climbs Mount Mentok Kangri, India
Cdr. Amit Kumar was the leader of an 11 member expedition to Mount Mentok Kangri in June, 2018. The team also included Lt. Anjum Kaistha, and SLt. Priyanka Gosain, officers from the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command. Read the original article here.
10. Remains of dead climbers found in the Himalayas after 3 decades
The remains of Kristinn Rúnarsson and Þorsteinn Guðjónsson were found in November 2018 by an American climber, after 30 years. Rúnarsson and Guðjónsson perished on an expedition to Mount Pumori on the Nepal-Tibet border in October 1988. Read the original article here.
11. Dani Arnold climbed the Cassin route on Mount Grandes Jorasses in just 2 hours!
34 year old Dani Arnold, a mountaineer from Switzerland, climbed the ‘Cassin’ route on Mount Grandes Jorasses in a record time – 2 hours and 4 minutes! Mr. Arnold, after climbing Mount Grandes Jorasses 3 times earlier as preparation, finally completed this feat on 27 July, 2018. Read the original article here.
12. Ice climber falls to death in Canadian National Park
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada, discovered the body of a man who had fallen down from an ice climb in Banff National Park, Alberta. The body was discovered on 25th December 2018. The area is a popular climbing spot and the victim seemed to be alone on the mountain. Read the original article here.
Before we go:
Stay tuned for more news about the world of mountaineering – we’ll be back soon.
Additional Reading: 15 interesting events that occurred during 2018 in the world of mountaineering