1. On November 13th Jonny Simms and Jon Walsh freed their new mixed route on the Stanley Headwall, for the second time. Two days previous they had climbed the route, freeing every pitch for the first all free ascent. In tow they hauled 250 metres of rope, which they fixed so that I could jug and film the second ascent.

    The boys did not disappoint, scratching there way up their rockies test piece in style, they sent the route again with no falls. Their commitment and enthusiasm is obvious while climbing and while talking about the route over drinks.

    You can read a full account of the ascent on Jon Walsh's blog (alpine style.ca). Check it out, a great story and some inspiring photos.

    From Jon Walsh's Blog; a definition of Man Yoga.

    Man Yoga (n): may involve scratching around, getting pumped mentally and physically above natural protection on sometimes questionable rock, while searching for passage up steep virgin terrain, often a mix of rock, ice. Man yoga involves commitment, digging deep, and on-sighting in back-country situations. It could also involve scrubbing dirt off boulders or cliffs in full conditions, and / or ducking Roman Candle shots fired by your belayer, arms locked off with poor feet, beyond protection, while engaged in the crux sequence. Etc., etc.. The term was coined by Jonny Simms several years ago while we were putting up the route Drama Queen - also on the Stanley Headwall, and has since been stuck in our vocabulary, and frequently used when making climbing plans or generally talking about climbing. It has also been applied to steep skiing situations such as billy-goating down steep, scary snow faces, or just long full value runs in no fall zones, that require skill, tenacity, and a calm confident head to shred. i.e.: "Let's go do some Man Yoga…" Man Yoga is not limited to men - women can do it too, although it's far less common to see a women engaging in advanced man yoga, although fortunately, their numbers are indeed growing.

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  2. One of Croatia's top Ice climbers and the most perspective athlete nowadays is preparing for his upcoming winter competitions. This is a summer footage of Alexandar climbing in Grotta Caterina, a line that goes straight through the roof graded M12.
    A little warm up for his Ice climbing season.

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  3. I have now finished a project that I had wanted to pursue for about 8 years. I was inspired by a French film that I watched at the Banff Mountain Film Festival years ago. It had amazing cinematography and some very inspiring climbing and ski mountaineering.

    At first I had a couple of different ideas for a film but I narrowed the list down and then finally decided. My film is about ice climbing on glaciers off-shooting from the Juneau Icefield. The area has been my backyard for years and now I have finally taken action and invested my time and money into shooting a video featuring one of the most viewed glaciers in the world. This glacier and many others in the area are rapidly receding and chances are I will see some dramatic changes in my lifetime. As I explore and constantly find new things while I climb and film, I remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to experience these things.

    My goal for this film is to show everyone places in time that won’t be there forever. It is an opportunity that I want to take to not only explore but to capture on film these beautiful places that are constantly evolving and melting away. Over the years I have seen amazing ice caves that are formed and then rapidly melt. I have learned that when you go out there and find something beautiful, it won’t last forever. I feel very privileged to be able to take advantage of what I have such great access to. As I watch the glaciers melt and recede, it is also a good reminder of how we need to be careful with our environment because some of these beautiful things that surround us here in Southeast Alaska, won’t last forever.

    This to me, is an opportunity of a lifetime.

    The name of this film is “Blue Obsession”.

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  4. April 14, 2011 ABC Nightline with Will Gadd and Christian Pondella ice climbing at the Weaping Wall in Banff National Park.

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  5. Black Diamond athlete Raph Slawinski has climbed ice all over the Canadian Rockies from fat ice flows to desperate mixed lines, bagging tons of first ascents along the way. Recently he teamed up with Grant Meekins to make the first ascent of an impressive bolt-free mixed line, The Peach (WI 5 M8). Raph was so stoked about the route he later returned with Jerome Yerly to make the second ascent, this time with Wiktor Skupinski along to film the action. The video deftly captures the demanding nature of the steep climbing, as well as shows just how chossy Rockies choss can get.

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Alps - conditions for ice climbing

This is a forum open for everyone who wants to share information about ice climbing conditions in Alps (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland).

This kind of page on FB works well in Norway (facebook.com/156612854443049). I hope that its "Alpine edition" will be equally useful and popular in the future.

Share information about ice conditions in the area in which the last tarried with other climbers. It will be a great help to them in planning trips.

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