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21 December, 2009 New names in Snow Leopard list: Serguey Shibinsky (Ukraine) - comleted the program in 1994, and Serguey Mironov (Russia) - completed the program in 1991.

6 December, 2009 Piolet D'Or Russia 2009 was awarded yesterday to Alexander Ruchkin and Mikhail Mikhailov for their Minya Konka massiff climb in China. "Chrystal Peak" (RISK readers choice) has been awarded to the team led by Andrew Lebedev (Pamir Maraphon).

Alexander Ruchkin - Piolet D'Or Russia 2009 winner



2 December, 2009 8 nominees for Piolet D'Or Russia 2009. The ceremony will be Dec, 5 in Moscow , , 2009.

19 November, 2009 "The fourth girl" - Russians climbed new route on Siguniang, 6250 m, in Sichuan Province. Denis Sushko, Andrew Murashev, Valery Shamalo and Vladimir Molodozhen climbed a beautiful line














18 November, 2009 Gleb Sokolov: New route to Pobeda. Interview for BASK (sponsor of the project)

16 November, 2009 Film about K2 West Face expedition (2007) awarded by Gold Alpine Camera om mountain film festival in Graz.
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13 November, 2009 Tomaz Humar lost on Langtang Lirung.

Tomaz Humar

He did the solo climb. November 9th, Asian Trekking received an emergency call from BC crew member Jagat: Tomaz had had an accident at approximately 6,300m and requested immediate rescue. Sherpas managed the rescue attempt, but didn't find Tomaz. Next, three rescue pilot/climbers from Switzerland are arrived, together with some Tomazs relatives. Pilot Robert Andenmatten and rescuer Simon Anthamatten could get Tomaz down from Langthang Lirung. Unfortunately Tomaz did not survive...(


6 November, 2009 Jasemba South Face first climb in Alpine Style

6 November, 2009 Denis Urubko and Boris Dedeshko awarded Piolet D'Or Asia 2009 for their climb (Cho Oyu, SE Face) in alpine style!

21 Octobber, 2009 Kazakh skyrunner Andrew Puchinin set Kilimandjaro speed climb record: 5 hrs 24 min 40 sec.

15 Octobber, 2009 Nickolay Totmjanin became 6-time Snow Leopard - he climbed Pobeda peak Aug, 6 2009 and Khan Tengri July, 26 2009.

15 October, 2009 Shisha Pangma. Italian Roby Piantoni fell to his death on Shisha Pangma's south face earlier today. Roberto "Roby" Piantoni, a proffesional alpine guide from Bergamo (Italy) had previously summited GII and Everest without O2, plus attempts on Manaslu and Broad Peak. He was 32 years old. reports Roby's team was apparently on a summit push via the face's Bonington route. Roby's lethal fall probably took place early in the morning, local time.

Edurne Pasaban aborts Shisha attempt. Weather forecasts show no improvement in the short/middle term, and so it's no use to try and extend our climbing permit. Were going home. (


5 October, 2009 Andrew Lock has thus become the 18th man to ever summit the 14 8,000ers, and the first Australian. He summited Shisha Pangma Main Oct, 2 at 5-05 p.m. with Neil Ward. "It was a very tough climb via a variation of the Inaki route on the north face," Andrew added. "We were caught in a storm on descent which forced us to an open bivouac at 7,600m without equipment thrown in for good measure. I've just iarrived in Base Camp, bit tired, more later. "