1. Working the Traverse of Doom


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    Steve hanging on for ages while gathering the beta.

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    • Ice Climbing At The Tunnel Section, Alaska


      from Ephay / Added

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      Ah, the Tunnel Section. One of my most favorable established ice climbing destinations to be reached via snow machine. This video shows an ascent of the area gem called Eatin’ Crow. It’s given a WI 5 in the guide but on this particular day it's certainly grade 6. The day was cold, around 0-5 degrees and the ice was brittle, Alaskan style. The pillar that makes up the crux of the climb was far too hollow, brittle, and thin to hold weight if one was to try directly climbing it. So I stemmed off the rock wall as I made my way up. Protecting the ice when possible. I also took a whipper, so the ascent has a bitter sweet feel to it. It’s funny how much we see when we film ourselves, observing every little inefficient moment. Right before the fall I actually unset my left tool, choked up on both tools and then high stepped – thus pulling out both tools from the ice. Since the fall was clean and safe, I must say I honestly deserved to fall by doing something so stupid. Anyhow, not my best climbing, but a good day of adventure. The video also matches some names to some other climbs, making it somewhat of a help for future travelers, enjoy.

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      • Alpine Cragging At Ptarmigan Peak, Alaska


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        Ptarmigan Peak just outside Anchorage Alaska hosts some of the finest local alpine cragging for us Anchorage climbers. To date the longest technical push on the peak is a linkup a partner and I did in 2011 - 'The Frombe Linkup' M7 C1 (or M8/9) AK3 1400' (roped climbing) 2011 - 17hr door to door - M7, M7, M6, M7 C1 (M8/9), 2 traverse pitches, M5, M6 (ice), M4/5, M4/5, upper snow field to West summit. The route names are fairly R rated in nature but the climbing is usually safe with adequate protection on solid rock and moss, nearly all routes are naturally protected. Most of the routes are 2 or 3 pitches max and weigh in around M6-M8+. There’s probably 10-12 routes total, I’ve never counted… The route shown here is an unnamed M6 dihedral that Carl Tobin and friends pioneered a while back. The ledge we start the pitch from is actually two pitches up a trade route M7, thus making what’s seen here the 3rd pitch. From this ledge there are actually 4 excellent pitches to choose from, this is just one of them. Anyhow, I edited down the video the best I could, trying not to miss too much… But probably got too much… Well, I hope you the viewer enjoy the windy adventure as much as partner and I did. Cheers!

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        • Andy Kirkpatrick Multimedia Profile - Cold Wars


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          We talked to Andy about his new book, his relationship with climbing, risk and struggle. To find out more about Cold Wars, visit www.Andy-Kirkpatrick.com Connect with us: www.visualcollective.co.uk www.facebook.com/visualcollective @wearevc

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          • Cairngorm climbs


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            [...] Video short of two days climbing in the Cairngorms with Kris Hill, Keith Ball and Matt Stygall. Routes include: Droidless VI,6, Nom de Plume VI,7 and Guillotine V,6. Thanks fellas for a great couple of days. [...] Edited by Dan Goodwin.

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            • Sharpening your pick!!


              from Owen Samuel / Added

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              A tutorial about how the file the picks of your ice axes for best durability on mixed or ice climbs.

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              • Winterising your climbing rack


                from Owen Samuel / Added

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                A tutorial about what changes to make when swopping from a summer rock climbing hard wear to winter mixed climbing hard wear.

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                • Boots and Crampons


                  from Owen Samuel / Added

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                  A film showing what to look out for when your fitting crampons to boots. For winter climbing and winter mountaineering.

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                  • MAN YOGA [New Mixed Route on the Stanley Headwall]


                    from Joshua Lavigne / Added

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                    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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                    • LYNX [EN] Modular crampon for ice and mixed climbing


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                      From snow couloirs to dry tooling, the LYNX is a versatile crampon. Modular front points allow for many options: dual or mono-point, long or short, and/or asymmetrical. They come with two types of interchangeable front bindings to adapt to boots with or without toe welts. More info on http://www.petzl.com

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