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The late Hansjorg Auer on the second length of Marmolada’s “Last Tango”. Photo: Much Mayr

The last tango …

In the Marmolada of the Dolomites, Much Mayr completed ‘Last Tango’, an itinerary he started in 2018 with Hansjorg Auer, who perished in an avalanche in Canada a year later. This time, he climbed the nine-length route, with difficulties up to 7C +, with his partners Guido Unterwurzacher, Peter Muehlburger and Alex Blumel. Mayr reported on the climb to PlanetMountain.

… and a little early ice cream

Rebel Yell, marked in red, on the west face of the Aiguille de Blaitière. Photo: Magazine Mountains

Although it is too early and too hot for ice climbing in most places, if you climb high enough there is still ice. During a paragliding flight, Philippe Batoux and Minna Riihimaki spotted a beautiful mixed line on the west face of the Aiguille de Blaitière, in the Mont Blanc massif.

The duo quickly changed the foils to ice axes and climbed the road via a left turn of the corridor on the west face of Blaitier. They named the five-length route Rebel Yell, in homage to Billy Idol. More in Mountains Magazine.

Damian Bielecki (left) and Marcin Tomaszewski are preparing for the Winter Karakorum at the Grandes Jorasses. Photo: Marcin Tomaszewski

Marcin Tomaszewski and Damian Bielecki from Poland are also looking for ice in the Alps, not as a goal but for training. In a month, they are heading to Pakistan for a winter attempt on Shipton Spire. They finally found ice after gaining altitude on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m), near Chamonix. Conditions were good, but the place was quite crowded, Tomaszewski observed.

Magic of light

Italian guide Marco Confortola, who attempted the Gasherbrum I earlier this year, was recently on the Grand Zebru (in German, Königspitze) in the Ortler Alps. Twilight hit the clouds in an extraordinary way, below. His photo has gone viral and has attracted meteorologists and physicists from across Europe, who are trying to explain the phenomenon. There are several theories, but all agree that it was not the Northern Lights, which have also been active in recent times.

The strange lights seen at dawn by Marco Confortola. Photo: Marco Confortola

Only 30 out of 758 ski resorts are open in Europe on Friday, according to skiresorts.info, but the season will be in full swing in early December. To whet your appetite for skiing, watch this amazing video from Markus Eder. It took YouTube by storm, racking up over 400,000 views in a matter of days. The ice cave sequence starting at 2:12 am is a spectacle stop.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communications consultant. Specialized in high altitude mountaineering, with an interest in everything that surrounds the mountain: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional lines, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. I have felt at home ever since!

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