The Weekly Stoke: An epic free-solo climb in Mali, pull-ups, San Juan alpine goodness and when to cut the rope

Mont Blanc in the Alps. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Mont Blanc in the Alps. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Hopefully everyone found some adventure and outside time last weekend. But if you didn’t, I’ve got some stuff here to inspire your next trip. This will be a two-video version of the Weekly Stoke!

First, check out this video of climber Catherine Destivelle doing an amazing free solo in Mali. I’m not sure when this took place, but it’s pretty cool just the same.

Speaking of climbing moves, everyone knows that pull-ups are great for climbers. Having trouble getting them done? This writer has some good tips.

In this one, a husband a wife have an eventful hike in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.

And speaking of the San Juans, these guys put together an awesome four-peak summit fest in the Wilson Group.

We know blood doping and performance-enhancing drugs have been shown to help pro athletes gain an unfair edge. But what happens when a regular Joe cyclist starts hitting the juice? This writer experimented on himself and put his newfound powers to the test.

Scientists have an answer to why glaciers in the Alps started melting before the onset of climate change. And guess what? We are doing it to ourselves yet again.

And finally, a little humor in this video. Apologies in advance for some of the language, but this is pretty funny stuff.

9 climbers feared dead after avalanche on Mount Maudit

Mount Maudit in France. (Wikipedia photo)

An avalanche is thought to have killed at least 9 people — with two still missing — on the slopes of Mount Maudit in the French Alps on Thursday.

The avalanche occurred on the mountain’s north slope, according to this report from CNN.

Mount Maudit, not far from the French adventure town of Chamonix, is one of many glaciated peaks in the Alps and stands 14,649 feet above sea level. The accident occurred just above 13,000 feet.

Nationalities of the fallen climbers include people from Germany, Britain, Spain and Switzerland. It’s not yet known where the missing climbers are from. They were part of a team of 28 people.

The Associated Press is reporting that 12 people were injured.

The AP reports that the avalanche may have been rooted in classic slide conditions: Heavy, late-season snows and high winds. The slide was triggered when a 15-inch thick slab of ice broke loose, eventually forming a wall of snow some 6 feet deep and 160 feet long, authorities say.