Friday, March 27, 2015

Chattanooga Snapshot

Not one for stasis (see: previous blog posts), I’m on the road again. After a brief stint in Oregon, I have recommenced the road trip:

You know that saying, “it’s the journey, not the destination”? Yeah, I think about that one a lot. It’s one of the many small truths I frequently wrestle with. This most recent leg of my US adventure has given my ample time to consider the implications.

It’s a forty six hour drive from Portland, Oregon to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The last half is prime reflection country. Not much going on there, in the fly over states. Cruise control, 70 on 70, just gotta stay between the lines. 


Nate Drolet on Interplanetary Escape

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