The 5 Biggest Stories In Climbing This Week - 03-09/08/2015
There's been a little of everything in the news this week, from attempts on the Eiger North Face to pulling on plastic in the desert. Read on to get the full story behind these and all of the other big climbing headlines.
3. Ueli Steck approached the end of his #82Summits challenge.
On the off chance that you've somehow missed all of the coverage of one of this summer's biggest climbing stories, let me fill you in. Ueli Steck has been on a mission to summit all of the 4,000 metre peaks in the Alps entirely under his own power. He has cycyled, walked, climbed and even used a paraglider, but hasn't travelled by car, train or plane since he started the project over two months ago. Perhaps most impressively, Ueli has also been eschewing the lifts that usually make mountaineering in the Alps so accessible.
Following the tragic death of Ueli's partner Martjin Seuren two weeks ago, doubt was cast over whether the project would continue. However, after some serious contemplation, Ueli has elected to push on and looks set to finish his final summits very soon. We wish him the best of luck as he approaches the finish.
Check in with Climbing Daily on Tuesday next week when we'll have a full update for you and hopefully a comment from the man himself.
1. Psicocomp 2015 got underway in Park City.
Now in its third year, the Psicocomp event, brings together some of the strongest athletes from the US and beyond for a deep water solo competition at the Olympic Park, Utah. At the time of writing, the seeding rounds have concluded with finals set to take place within the next 24 hours.
The event format has received some criticism in previous years with the difficulties of changing routes on such a massive wall and the ease with which the climbers finished the routes combining to produce what was essentially a speed event in the later rounds. However, the spectacle of watching some of the best climbers in the world pulling dynamic moves high above the water is unlikely to get old soon and quibbles about the format aside, we can all look forward to some extremely exciting footage in the coming days.
Be sure to check back next week when we'll have details from the competition along with the rest of climbing's biggest stories.