Friday, March 20, 2015

Pamir Expedition: Flow of the Fedchenko


Flow of the Fedchenko from Vince Shuley on Vimeo.

Team Flow (L to R: Zebulon Blais, Emelie Stenberg, Holly Walker, Selena Cordeau 
and Vince Shuley) at 5,000 meters on the Fedchenko Glacier.
Day 8 of 29: May 7, 2014 (4,200 metres)

I sat leaning on the outside wall of the Gorbunov Meteorology Station sipping on a splash of génépi, celebrating with the team our coming arrival onto the Fedchenko Glacier, which now lay just 300 metres away. The warm sun beat on my face and I wiggled my toes on the dry rocks in front of me. Taking another sip of génépi - one of our two bottles of booze we had carried up here - I questioned the bottle's weight. At that point I also questioned how we had even gotten here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Smart Pack: Skiing off the Aiguille du Midi


The Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, France is one of the most famous lifts in the world. It holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, as it brings you up to 3842m (12,605ft). After passing through the famous ice tunnel, and making it down the arête, you can ski a variety of big mountain descents through heavily crevassed and unmarked terrain. Unless you are 100 percent confident in your glacier and ski mountaineering skills, it is wise to hire a local guide. When you ski down to Chamonix, it is a 2807m (9,200ft) descent. The access gives you the ability to explore high mountain terrain with incredible ease that is hard to replicate anywhere else in the world. However, the access needs to be respected because in Chamonix you can go from drinking an espresso to almost killing yourself in less than 5 minutes. Be sure you are prepared. Here is a look at what I carry with me down a ski run off the Aiguille du Midi.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tools of the Trade

There are two themes in this blog - one primary goal is to showcase Mammut equipment and clothing that gives me the extra edge while climbing high end ice routes in the New Hampshire and Vermont areas.  The other theme is to take each of you on a amazing photographic journey of some spectacular ice routes I visited during the past few weeks.
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hiking Hawaiian Style

Rock climbing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is currently closed due to an accident that occurred a number of years ago. With this restriction in place, climbers stranded in paradise can either entertain themselves with a bit of jungle bouldering (check out Unrealhawaii.com) or leave the beach to explore Oahu's varied topography on a well-developed network of local hiking trails. Hiking in Hawaii has gained a lot popularity in the last decade and there are now guidebooks, maps and websites dedicated to this away-from-the-sand activity.

(Edited on 3/2/15- A local climber reached out to us indicating that two of the three main areas on the island have since reopened to climbing.) 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yeah Winter!

I love Winter and spending time in the mountains!  Whether it is early morning laps at the resort or backcountry touring with friends.  It is great to be outside. 

Enjoy these images from Jon Mancuso  http://www.jonmancuso.com/ shot in the early part of the season and be sure to follow all my ski adventures this season at http://instagram.com/mountainniceness

All the best-
Danny Walton-
Mammut Athlete Team

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Working for the Weekend, Season 2


One of my favorite experiences each winter since I have moved back to Vermont is skiing with Ben Leoni for the Working for the Weekend series that Ski The East has been producing for the past few years. I get to wander around the woods of New England and explore places that are truly breathtaking. For this episode, the first installment of season 2, Ben and I skied in my own backyard so to speak. While the snow was not ideal, we found a pretty sick little line and made the best of some true Vermont weather. The shots in the video capture the pain and agony of breaking trail on this particular day, due to the gloppy consistency of the snow. Looking back, all that work was worth it because I got to hang out with some great people on a beautiful day in the Vermont backcountry.




I hope you enjoy! I know I did!

Until next time,

Louise Lintilhac
a.k.a. Steezy Weezie