Austria’s top shelf climber, meteorologist and IFMGA assessor Albert Leichtfried is the latest in a string of international climbers to visit Shuangqiaogou in western Sichuan. Albert is amongst the few well known climbers to have visited Japan for the ice, back in 2008 (, and its good to see him still getting to the emerging areas.

new M10 line ‘Mei Mei’. image taken from photo by Elias Holzknecht

even after a decade of trips to Shuangqiaogou, with early routes going up by the likes of Guy Lacelle and Craig Luebben, its great to hear climbers like Albert still in awe at the scope possible, and putting up multiple new routes during short trips.