In March of 2011 Japan suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a series of equally devastating tsunamis. As the waters receded, an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was washed back into the Pacific - all of which was destined to land on distant shores.
In the summer of 2012 three professional kayakers, supported by a group of scientific advisors, undertook an unprecedented journey to paddle the roadless coast of Washington, and to survey the debris on some of the wildest shoreline in the United States. When they returned, they shared the data they had compiled with the scientific community and put together their story of adventure and environmental crisis in this documentary.
"The Roadless Coast" is the award-winning film that tells the story of this unique sea kayak expedition (Winner Best Environmental Film, Waterwalker Film Festival 2013; World Tour Reel Paddling Film Festival 2013).
Paige Claassen makes the 4th ascent of the Overlord Project first done by Sasha DiGiulian and named Rolihlahla (32,5.13d) in Waterval Boven South Africa. For more video from Paige's trip to South Africa please visit leadnowtour.org
Camera Equipment: 5D MKII, 70-200 2.8, 16-35 2.8, Sachtler FSB-8
Thanks for all the feedback since we posted the video. To answer a few questions:
1. No ground anchor on first pitch. Because the first pitch is shorter than half rope and is not a traverse, there is no need for a ground anchor. If there is a chance you need to escape the belay, you need a ground anchor.
2. The yellow climber didn't clip the anchor before leading out. Yes, ideally he should do that to avoid a factor 2 fall, as well as a downward force on the belayer. We omitted because the first couple of moves are very mellow, and the first piece (0.5 C4) is placed fairly low. We should revise that when we get a chance.
3. No upward piece at the belay anchor. Both climbers are about the same weight. The pitch is slabby (i.e. lots of friction). Even if the leader takes a relatively big fall, say factor 0.4, the peak force on the belayer is only 1.1 kN, only a little more than his body weight. We are not very concerned about the belayer being lifted pass the pieces. What's more, that #3 C4 is placed in a perfect horizontal crack.