Dispute on the glacier: Tons of non-woven cover causes red heads | How is Elnaz Rekabi?

In the twenty-fifth edition of BETA, we look at a conflict simmering at the Rhone Glacier. Because there are tons of cover fleece lying around there. We also take a closer look at the case of Iranian sport climber Elnaz Rekabi.

The BETA program is presented by Bächli Bergsport, Petzl and Etrefort

Cloths have been laid out on the Rhone Glacier for years to keep a tourist ice grotto in operation. The outdated tarpaulins – called shrouds by evil tongues – give an ugly picture. Many are bothered by this and call on the operator to end the mess. We went to Valais to investigate the dispute on the Rhone Glacier.

Two weeks ago, sport climbing unintentionally stepped onto the stage of world politics after the Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi competed at the Asian Championships without a headscarf. A courageous act to which the Iranian regime reacted immediately. But what happened then exactly? What consequences does Rekabi have to fear now?

Dispute on the glacier: Tons of non-woven cover causes red heads | How is Elnaz Rekabi?

Harfang Blue Ice: Light foot on the ice

Whether it's the Rhone Glacier or a difficult passage on the ski tour: that Harfang Blue Ice is an ultra-compact lightweight crampon (419 grams) with a completely new concept. It consists of a central textile strap to which the front and heel sections as well as an additional middle section are attached. Thanks to this strap, the crampons can be packed up compactly and stowed in the pack sack or attached to the climbing harness or backpack.

The Harfang is supplied with a front bar for ski boots and mountain boots that are fully crampon-compatible, as well as with a strap system for mountain boots that are partially compatible with crampons. Thanks to micro-adjustment, the heel lever allows exact adjustment to the shoe and provides the necessary support.

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Credits: Cover picture Raphael Imsand

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