A round-up of hard trad, high altitude mountaineering and bouldering ticks from the past week...
The Final Round E9 6c & Do You Know Where Your Children Are? E8 6c by Steve McClure
Steve McClure got his trad season off to a strong start last week in Dovedale and Pembroke with ascents of The Final Round and Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Steve suggested that The Final Round was 'probably E8', and his Pembroke tick came after abseil inspection a number of years after narrowly missing the onsight.
Ascent and Ski Descent of Yawash Sar II by Andrzej Bargiel
Polish K2 skier Andrzej Bargiel made both the first ascent and ski descent of Yawash Sar II in the Khunjerab Subgroup of the Karakoram on 30 April. Andrzej climbed halfway with Jedrek Baranowski before summitting solo and descending to meet Jedrek and ski down to the base together. The descent took around two hours and he had to deal with icy slopes near the summit.
First Everest summits of the season and historic 25th for Kami Rita Sherpa
Sherpa guide Kami Rita Sherpa has summitted Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own previous record for the most ascents of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita and eleven other climbers reached the top at 6 p.m. local time today (7 May). Reports of COVID-19 cases spreading throughout Everest camps made mainstream news this week, as Nepal and India battle a surge in hospitalisations. Stay tuned for an opinion piece on the subject.
Hard boulders for Katie Lamb
American boulderer Katie Lamb has climbed Jerry Moffatt's Dominator (Font 8A+) in Yosemite and a problem called Chinese Connection (Font 8B) at Mortar Rock, California, which was her long-standing project.
The 23-year-old student has now climbed seven Font 8Bs in the past year. Last summer, she went on a rampage in Rocky Mountain National Park and ticked problems such as Nuthin' But Sunshine and Freaks of the Industry, before carrying her form into winter and climbing The Swarm at the Buttermilks in Bishop.
VIDEO: New problems for Jim Pope
Jim Pope has been cleaning up on projects in the Peak District recently. In a recent Ticklist, we reported that Jim had put up a new Font 8B called Bloodhound at Howshaw Tor and repeated Ned Feehally's problem The Boss at Yarncliffe. This week, Wedge Climbing have released a video of Jim climbing two new problems that were hidden in plain sight at Burbage South:
VIDEO: Giuliano Cameroni on Ephyra (Font 8C+)
Mellow have released the video of 23-year-old Giuliano Cameroni on the 3rd ascent of Jimmy Webb's Ephyra (Font 8C+) at Chironico, Switzerland. The Swiss boulderer climbed the problem back in March. The line is to the left of Dave Graham's From Dirt Grows the Flowers (8C) and was a well-known project before Webb climbed it back in 2019.