A year ago one evening in Sheffield, we watched two very inspiring climbing videos; one of Sasha DiGuillian making the first ascent of Rolihlahla and the other of Paige Claassen making the first ascent of Digital Warfare. They looked like world-class routes in an incredible place so we decided to visit these areas in South Africa.
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Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:02
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:08
From far away the snow on the mountains looked awesome, but as we got closer and closer we noticed heavy winds and little snow on the glaciers.
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 13:39
Words by Roger Strong Photos Doug Hutchison, Andreas Schmidt, Will Hinckley and Roger We are blessed with long, snowy winters in the Cascade mountains of Washington state. The range is kissed with spells of temperature spikes and its snowpack is stabilized with help of the occasional Pineapple Express system even during our biggest and deepest seasons.
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:18
Mammoth white titans rest on the shoulders of earth. Like ancient ghosts, clouds rise up and disappear into the dry land east of the Sierra Nevadas. The peak of Mount Whitney stands before us, though I can’t decide if it’s a friend or enemy. It calls regardless.
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 13:41
Chile. Land of llamas, empanadas and summer snow. Originally I'd planned on heading there early in the summer but lack of snow but that plan on hold. Eventually Chile turned on with a few massive storms and the thought of going again crept into my mind. Emails were sent and a 'plan' was hatched.
Wed, 10/21/2015 - 09:57
We pulled the hand brake in the Magic Mountain Lodge's parking lot, cracked open a cold one and tipped it back to celebrate our little gathering, here in the middle of the most beautiful ‘nowhere’.
Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:27
The role of the hand in our psyche is deeply important. In documentary film work, one of the key shots any cameraman needs to get to complete a sequence is what the subject’s hands are doing. Through gestures and actions our hands communicate much more than we might suppose. This is especially true of the caring professions, where the cliché of “your life in their hands” is often quoted.
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 15:30
I'd heard stories about how difficult the trail up to the Conrad Kain Hut was from others. It's 4.5km long with about 700m's in elevation gain. The hardest part is being able to see the Hut from the parking lot, high above in the distance, and seeing the sum total of what needs to be climbed to get to it.
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 19:41
The Tomahwak to Exocet Link Up seemed like a perfect primary objective. It follows a series of steep, sustained and aesthetic ice chimneys separated by snow ramps on a big east face. It is also in the Torre Group, which I find to be the peaks in the region I am most drawn towards.
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 13:02
We pulled out the topo at the top of pitch seven, utterly confused. “Down climb twenty five meters following a brail trail of insecure slab and edges trending to the right, then climb the corner to a ledge, "5.12." It was the craziest pitch I have climbed anywhere, and alternatively solved easily with a 15 second lower and pendulum, but Mike and I came to Mt. Hooker to free climb.