1. Aid Climbing on El Capitan Salathe Route

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    This is a quick GoPro video of what it is like to aid up a pitch on El Capitan. Visit my vimeo page to see the final edition of our Salathe experience.

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    • Mt Waddington, The South Face

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      Follow Mark & Janelle Smiley's journey to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. The South Face of Mt Waddington is located in British Columbia's remote Coast Range. "I often think of those marvelous weeks spent in the Waddington Range in 1950. 2 new routes on the northern side of the peak and the 3rd ascent of the mountain as well. Waddington is one of the more beautiful peaks in all of Canada and it's only 175 miles north of Vancouver. B.C.!!" -Allen Steck Co-author of "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America" Learn more about their multi-year project: www.smileysproject.com www.facebook.com/SmileysProject Filmed by: Chris Werner Mark Smiley Janelle Smiley Edited by: Mark Smiley Climbing Photographs: Chris Werner Lake Tahoe Based Photographer www.chriswernerphoto.com Route Photo of Mt Waddington: Chris Atkinson, Marc Piche, & Kevin McLane For the upcoming Canadian Alpine Classics, High Col Press. www.alpinecanadaproject.ca/index.html Music: -Hey Love by Miner -As Colorful As Ever by Broke For Free -Movement Proposition by Luciano Foglia -Father Sleep by Burgendy Reel -Enter the Maze by Kevin MacLeod -Computer by State Shirt Special Thanks to all our Kickstarter Backers for their generous support! We are forever thankful for your donations. Special thanks to Colin Haley, Fred Beckey, Don Serl, Jack Tackle, Kevin McLane & Allen Steck for their contributions to route accuracy, quotes, and inspiration.

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      • Mt Robson's Wishbone Arête

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        As we drove north on the Icefield Parkway, after talking to Nancy, the conversation was as lively as a cemetery. It seemed like Janelle had already mentally thrown in the towel. Me, the stubborn one, tried desperately to find the bright side of this dimly lite situation. "Well…at least after climbing the Wishbone, every other route we climb the rest of our lives will be better." Silence. "Just think, we are going to climb the worst route in the Canada, and maybe the world. The worst! That's kinda worthy right?" More silence. Things were not looking good. I resorted to changing the subject to the amazing views unfolding through Lulu's windshield.... ...Read the rest of this trip report at: www.smileysproject.com Filmed by: Janelle Smiley Mark Smiley Reiner Thoni Edited by: Mark Smiley Music: Heartlines - Florence + the Machine Whispers in the Night - Mumford & Sons Belong - R.E.M. Start Shootin' - Little People Special thanks to all the Kickstarter backers, and Nemo Equipment, who helped make this ongoing project to climb all fifty classic climbs of North America possible. Like the Smiley's Project Facebook page for more photos, and on demand updates: http://www.facebook.com/SmileysProject

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        • West Buttress of Denali: A Ski Descent

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          It’s easy to spot the civil engineers among Camp 14’s tent city, as their walls are constructed perfectly, with ice blocks fitting together to create airtight fortification. Once our little campsite was constructed we rested. About that time the routine of living on Denali set in hard and fast. The routine looks something like this... Read the rest of this trip report: www.smileysproject.com Filmed By: Mark Smiley, Janelle Smiley, Jared Inouye, & Aaron Inouye Edited By: Mark Smiley Music: Cosmic Love, by Florence + the Machine Generator, by Freelance Whales "Like" this ongoing project to climb North America's Fifty Classic Climbs on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SmileysProject

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          • Clyde Minaret in Subwarm Temps

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            The mountain came in and out of view as we hiked to its base. Neither one of us said much as we crossed the mini snowfield, as we knew this was going to be a cold climb. Not to say that climbing in the cold is as bad as sitting in city traffic, but we had been hoping that this “easy” classic climb would be warm and sunny as most other Sierra climbs tend to be.... read the rest of this trip report at: www.smileysproject.com Filmed by: Mark Smiley & Janelle Smiley Edited by: Mark Smiley Music: In Between Day by Ben Folds

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            • NW Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

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              Help keep the dream alive, and the Committed Series videos coming in 2013. Donors receive very cool rewards directly from the Smileys. Visit the campaign page here, with sweet highlight video http://goo.gl/tvDeJ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We started climbing at 4AM. To save time, we each attached ourselves to a fixed rope with a Petzl Tibloc (a simplified ascending device) to self-belay ourselves. Without a proper belay, we had to be in the mindset that we were basically free soloing the first five pitches. If one of us did fall the Tibloc would bit on the rope, and arrest the fall (hopefully). It was too scary to trust it, so we climbed like we were not going to fall. Read the rest of the trip report: www.smileysproject.com Get more photos and info of our journey on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SmileysProject Filmed by: Mark Smiley and Janelle Smiley Edited by: Mark Smiley Music: Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep

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              • The Nose on El Capitan

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                Nearly 3000 vertical feet of pure awesomeness. The Nose was the original line up El Cap. It is said to be the best rock climb in the world, and after completing it we would have to agree. Read the trip report: www.smileysproject.com Follow us on instagram: http://instagram.com/smileysproject Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmileysProject Filmed by: Mark Smiley, Janelle Smiley, & Mandi McCowen Edited by: Mark Smiley

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                • Kickstarter Campaign for the Smiley's Project

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                  Janelle and I are raising support to keep our Fifty Classic Climbs Project alive in 2012 via a kickstarter.com campaign. Please visit this site: http://kck.st/u677T4 to see how you can become a backer and get cool rewards directly from us. The campaign ends on Jan 1st, and if we do not reach our goal then we get nothing! Please pass this on to anyone you think would enjoy watching. Please pass this on via facebook, twitter, etc. The more people on board the better! Thanks, Mark and Janelle Smiley www.smileysproject.com Shot by: Mark Smiley, Janelle Smiley, & Erik Osterholm Edited by: Mark Smiley Music: purchased from vimeo's cool new music store

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                  • North Ridge, Grand Teton via Cathedral Traverse

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                    We left the parking lot at 4:00AM with happy (light) packs, amped and moving fast. There were several forest fires in the area, and the air was thick with smoke, which made breathing a little difficult. Halfway up Teewinot we got above the smoke layer just as the sun was rising. It was amazing... Read the rest of this trip report: www.smileysproject.com Music: Mysterious Skies by ATB Filmed: Mark and Janelle Smiley Edited: Mark Smiley

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                    • Bugaboo Spire's East Ridge

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                      The guidebook clearly states, “More people get ‘benighted’ on this [East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire] than all other routes in the area combined.” This is due to the involved traverse from the North to South summit, and then the lengthy descent. Read the rest of this trip report: www.smileysproject.com

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