Interesting, relevant and fun news from the climbing world.
TOM BALLARD. ALPS. WINTER. NORTH FACES. BY THE WAY, SIX OF THEM. ALONE.
His Awesomeness of a climber, Tom Ballard decided to go play around in this winter in the Alps. People say is hard enough climbing in winter anywhere, let alone in the Alps, let alone in what wasn´t a very good season. Let alone alone.
SASHA IS NOW INTO ICE
It´s common knowledge among my closest friends: I hate sport climbing. Not that I think it´s a bad thing, I just have not been enlightened yet as to the reason for such a big physical effort to climb halfway up a wall. But then I am a mountaineer. And I envy strong sport climbers, because when they really want to, they can do amazing things int he mountains. Think of David Lama and Alex Honnold in Patagonia, or Chris Sharma when he decided to do long routes. Now Sasha ventures into ice and mixed climbing, and she gets to M10 in just 4 days. I envy then, but on the other hand, it is awesome, because they´re pushing the boundaries for hard alpinism, ice climbing and whatnot that someone like me wouldn´t be able to do. In fact, I wish more sport climbers would follow on their footsteps. Too bad they don´t.
The American Alpine Journal along with Black Diamond have been putting online some interesting editorial pieces on the details of climbing life. A must that came up this month was the piece on “Bivouacs, the good, the bad and the ugly”, taken from the 2015 edition of AAJ. I repeat, a must. Can´t wait to get mine in the mail!
Two very interesting videos about the Himalayas made the rounds on the internet this month. First was Teton Gravity Research “Himalayas from 20,000ft”, showing impressive, amazing and original images of the mountains of the Khumbu Valley. Brought back some fond memories of times not so far away.
Second was “Khumbu, Nepal through the eyes of Google Maps”, presented by an unbelievable rendering of wide angle video, 3D maping and delicate soundtrack seen bellow. The project is an interactive journey through the valley, beginning in Lukla all the way to Namche Bazaar and some smaller villages, going inside landmarks, tourist spots and other not so well known locations, such as the yak parking lot in Namche, everything presented with beautiful illustrations, detailed and intricate descriptions and lovely imagery. Access here.
Ines Papert keeps being a rad climber and making us all embarrassed of ourselves and repeats The Hurting, a XI11 in Soctland.
2015 Piolet D´Or finalists have been announced. Gosh, I suck!
Alex Txikon, another badass basque climber, gives up on his winter attempt of Nanga Parbat.
Interesting article by Climbing magazine on “Heavy climbers who crushed” and how weight shouldn´t be an excuse not to climb hard.