The 5 Biggest Stories In Climbing This Week (29/06/15 - 05/07/15)
3. Black Diamond Cams Got A Whole Lot Lighter
This week Black Diamond unveiled their latest range of gear set for release in the 2016 season. While many of their new products focussed on catering to the growing demographic of urban indoor climbers looking to make the transition outdoors, there was one important announcement for the traditionalists too. The ever-popular Black Diamond camalots now have a lightweight cousin, the Camalot Ultralights. Although details of the new design are thin on the ground at the moment, Black Diamond have stated that the design will “incorporate sculpted lobes and a patent-pending continuously looped Dyneema® core to replace the cable stem..." This Dyneema® core apparently helps contribute to more than 25% in weight savings, putting these new cams among the lightest on the market.” We’re excited to see how these new cams measure up and we hope to bring you more details from Outdoor 2015, taking place in just a fortnight’s time in Friedrichshafen, Germany. (To check out details of the current Camalot design, follow the link in the sidebar).
1. Ueli Steck Summited The Matterhorn
For the world’s most accomplished alpinist this might not seem like such a big deal, after all he has climbed the Matterhorn many times before. However, this climb marks Ueli’s 36th summit in almost as many days as he continues on his 82 summits project; attempting to climb all of the 4,000 metre peaks in the Alps using a combination of walking, climbing and pedal-ower. You can keep up to date with the project by following the hashtag #82Summits on social media or by checking into Climbing Daily every Tuesday for regular updates from the man himself.