March 2019 was a great month for mountaineers! Unfortunately, along with several competitions, and first ascents, we also saw a few deaths. Before we start, let’s have a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives doing what they loved the most: climbing.
The first dog to summit Mt. Baruntse
Mera, a stray dog who became friends with some climbers, has created a new record for being the first dog to successfully summit Mt. Baruntse, in Nepal. Read about it here.
Climber falls nearly 30 feet in Boulder county
A male climber in his twenties fell about 20 to 30 feet while climbing the Amphitheatre trail in Boulder County. The climber suffered some back injuries that were not life threatening. The full report can be read here.
Russia and South Korea rule at UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships in Kirov
Russian climber Nikolai Kuzovlev won first place in the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation Ice Climbing World Championships in Kirov, Russia. Kuzovlev said that he’s been trying to win for nearly nine years. The women’s lead title was won by Shin Woon Seon, of South Korea. Read more here.
Three killed in Ben Nevis avalanche
Three out of four climbers have been killed following an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Scotland. The fourth climber was taken to a hospital in Glasgow for treatment. Read more here.
New Law on Protecting Wilderness Climbing
President Donald Trump has signed a “Public Lands Bill” that provides protection for Wilderness climbing activities. This is the first time that such a protection has been written into Law. Read more here.
Meikhtila hiking and mountaineering association reached 11000 feet of Phonkanrazi
Six climbers from the Meikhtila Hiking and Mountaineering Association, Myanmar nearly reached the summit of Mt. Phonkanrazi. Several others managed to climb up till 9700 feet on the same mountain. Read more here.
Teen falls to death while climbing free solo
13 year old Elijah Baldwin, from Iowa, was climbing down on a route in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah, when he fell nearly 100 feet. It is said that he was declared dead at the scene. Read more here.
Shivani Charak named top climber
In its first ever national rankings, The Indian Mountaineering Foundation has named Ms Shivani Charak as the top most sport climber of India. Ms Charak is currently preparing for the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. Read more here.
Trekking at Gangotri National Park to begin from April 1
Trek routes in the Gangotri National Park shall open to tourists who visit through registered agencies from 1 April 2019.
All other tou rists will only be allowed to go for trekking and mountaineering activities in the park after 15 April 2019. Read more here.
Bachendri Pal receives the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third-highest civilian award
Bachendri Pal, the very first Indian woman to conquer Mt. Everest, was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in March 2019. She received the award for her contributions to the field of mountaineering. Read more here.
Indian Army expedition to Mt. Makalu
The Director General of Military Training in the Army flagged off their first expedition to Mt. Makalu on 26 March 2019. The team consists of 5 officers, 2 JCOs and 11 ORs. Read more here.
Man falls to death in Death Valley National Park
A man from Glendale, CA died while rappelling down a cliff in Death Valley National Park on 25 March 2019. His companion had reached down safely before he fell to his death. Read more here.
Let’s climb interactively!
Interactive climbing will be coming to Korea soon after Climb Korea and GlowHolds announced a partnership on 27 March 2019. Climb Korea plans to sell interactive climbing walls made from technology by GlowHolds to help create an interactive climbing experience for climbers. Read more here.
Climber falls 25 feet, survives.
A man fell while rock climbing at the Lewis and Clark State Park in Oregon on 24 March 2019. He received immediate medical attention from a nurse who was nearby and was taken to the hospital soon after. Read more here.
Marmot Masters Bouldering Competition winners announced
The Marmot Masters Bouldering Competition final was held in Kendal Wall, UK.
Winners included Lily Kinnersley from the junior girls category while Declan Parker won the junior boys category.
The senior women’s category was won by Holly Wilson, with Pete Howarth declared as the winner in the senior men’s category.
The veteran women’s category winner was Rachel Somerville, and the veteran men’s category winner was Tim Lounds.
The super veteran men’s winner was Stuart Hamilton. Read the entire article here.
Nepali climbers aim to climb Mt. Gyalsen
Two groups of climbers, led by Maya Gurung, and Madhav Sapkota respectively are looking to become the first people to conquer Mt Gyalsen in Nepal. They are hoping that Mt Gyalsen will be promoted as a training peak in the future, so that amateurs climb it before setting their sights on other, more difficult mountains. Read more here.
Mamta Sodha scales highest mountain in Oceania
Mamta Sodha, a police officer, and Padma Shri awardee from the Indian state of Haryana, has successfully climbed Mt. Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania. She has already conquered Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, and Mt. Aconcagua prior to this.
Her aim is to be able to conquer all of the highest summits of each continent. Read more here.
25 year old Free Solos Monte Fitz Roy
Jim Reynolds, from California,USA is the second person to have free solo climbed Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia. He completed this feat on 21 March 2019. Read more here.
First female ascent on “Too big to Flail”
American climber Nina Williams became the first woman to climb the huge boulder problem, “Too big to Flail” in California, USA on 18 March 2019. She is the seventh person to ascend it since it was established in 2012. Read more here.
Before we go:
Stay tuned for more news about the world of mountaineering – we’ll be back soon.