Some big ascents on big walls and big mountains, plus some steep Scottish trad...
Keystone E8 6c FA by Dave MacLeod
Dave MacLeod has made the first ascent of Keystone E8 6c on Meall Cumhann in Glen Nevis. The striking roof line is a more direct version of a former aid route climbed by Ian Sutherland and Ian Sykes in 1971 and boasts a picturesque backdrop of Glen Nevis.
Chantel Astorga skis Denali's West Rib, then solos Cassin Ridge
Last week, US alpinist Chantel Astorga soloed North America's highest mountain, Denali (6194m) in Alaska, via the classic Cassin Ridge. First, she descended on skis along the West Rib/Seattle Ramp in prime conditions (but still, it's a ramp of ice) before summitting and descending via the West Buttress. She summitted in a rapid time of 14 hours 39 minutes, becoming the first woman to solo the Cassin. In 2018, Astorga made the first all-female repeat of the coveted Slovak Direct on Denali with Anne Gilbert Chase, for which they received a special mention from the Piolet d'Or Jury.
Ground-up ascent of Fly (8b+/c, 550m) by Séb Berthe and Siebe Vanhee
Belgian climbers Séb Berthe and Siebe Vanhee have made an impressive ground-up ascent of Roger Schaeli's Fly (first freed by Alex Megos and Cedric Lachat in 2014 and 2019) in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland over three days. The route has three 8th-grade pitches (8b, 8b/+, 8b+/c) situated among the last four pitches of the 20-pitch line.