“What could you do with alpinism and paragliding?” Ueli Steck perfects the art of paragliding, then glides / summits? a few casual peaks… and almost gets pulled off the mountain with a smile.
we climbed ice. Went to Cascade creek and Ouray (around Durango, CO) to climb some ice last weekend. And then tried to backcountry ski. I say tried because I haven’t ski’d before and decided it was a good idea to backcountry through trees. Notice there isn’t a lot of footage from that part? Yeah, that’s cause my camera was covered with snow and so was my entire body.
Regardless of my inability to ski efficiently it was an amazing time getting lost and laughing our assess off hip deep in snow. Sometimes the most difficult times are the best times…if you can laugh at yourself.
Jeremy Collins and Tommy Caldwell playing a bunch of rockball on 3 sweet peaks.
I’ve been getting some good ice climbing in since the Ouray Ice Park (also here) is open and full of ice. Of course, nothing as badass as Ueli Steck flashing “The Secret” (X, 10), the hardest climb in Ben Nevis.
If there is one place on earth where climbers celebrate the arrival of the next snowstorm, it has to be Scotland. Each winter, pounded by the North Atlantic winds, the Scottish Highlands are covered by a layer of snow and frost at the mercy of weather conditions. Here, winter climbing has existed for more than a century, and the smell of adventure is as authentic as the whisky borne of the local peat. Climbing is done from the ground up, without bolts, and generally onsight. An introduction to the very modern ethics of Scottish mixed climbing. It’s in those condition that Ueli Steck flashed “the secret” (X, 10), the hardest climb in Ben Nevis.
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Great calming narrative.
Celebrating the loss of a loved one, Jason Kruk and Joshua Lavigne head up the north face of Mt. Alberta. And unexpectedly find a cave to sleep in! Neat clip.
“…a horizontal sanctuary in a vertical desert “.
ARC’TERYX’s 3rd episode of “This Way” takes our easily distracted minds to waterfall ice, and it actually shows some ice screw placement! Audio kinda blows out half way through making it hard to understand alpinist and now weekend warrior Jon Walsh but good episode.
Kelly Cordes narrates the historical ascents of Cerry Torre, the fall of the Compressor Route, and some interviews. Great piece. By Patagonia. With cameos Rolando Garibotti, Colin Haley and Hayden Kennedy.
“how we treat the things we profess to love says something about who we are”
A little sport, what looks like a lot of alpining, and a ton of really ugly scenery. Great ridge shot.
On a side note, I’m currently in Pueblo, CO, fresh off the road from a weekend trip to Enchanted Tower, NM (which was beyond awesome sport climbing and star gazing). Spent one night at home back in Durango,and decided that was obviously too long – so now…Shelf road bound! From volcano tuff in Enchanted to limestone vert in a week! WooT!
Just got done driving 24 hours straight back to Colorado from the trail head of Glacier Peak in Washington. Yes, my first alpine climb was a success. And yes, it does count as a success even if I purged all fluids at the summit due to fatigue and a 14 hour summit day. More to come soon about our route and of course further videos when we’re back in Durango.Here’s a clip of us summiting the wrong peak, Disappointment Peak (very well named) and then of course we had to have some fun during the descent of the lower areas. Glissading!