Figures on the landscape. #thegreatgorgeseries#thegreatgorge //
This is the last photo in my series of the Gorge Gorge in Denali National Park... Thanks to my buddies at @thenorthface team for making it happen, and stay-tuned for a short film about climbing in the Gorge and Renan & Alex's far flung friendship. We will now return to regular programming.
The Gorge. Entering this valley on foot after the bush pilots deem the snow conditions too dangerous to land feels like stepping back in time. It's a powerful place, not always welcoming but it never fails to leave you in sheer awe of Mother Nature. Here @alexhonnold leads us through the Gateway and into the arena on a moody night not too long ago. Although we didn't send, I had fun exploring the landscape through some creative basecamp photography. I'll share some favorite images in the days to come. Thanks to my teammates, and everyone who supported our adventure! #thegreatgorgeseries#thegreatgorge
A hot lap up our little cliff to break in my new alpine-sized rock shoes. Thanks @lasportivana!
They say the Great Gorge is chossy... and, yeah, they're mostly right about that. But occasionally there are pockets of clean granite, and this pitch was one of them. @renan_ozturk enjoying some unexpected Type 1 fun while climbing the Southeast Buttress of Mt. Dickey with @alexhonnold & I in 2013. We shall return to this mountain. #lastgreatproblem@firstname.lastname@example.org
One thing I'll remember about Ueli, he was always stretching. In basecamp, at tea houses and on hotel lawns, wherever. You can hang out in a lot of basecamps the world over, where people are living in tents and generally abusing their bodies for weeks on end, and never see a mountaineer take the time to do this. Ueli brought Olympic-level training and preparation to the highest and gnarliest mountains on Earth, and like any great athlete, it was obvious he enjoyed the process of training, the geeking-out on workouts and spreadsheets at home between expeditions, almost as much as he loved the climbing itself. #uelisteck
Back in my other life, we dropped some coin and added a brand new color (our eighth!) to the climbing palette at @saltpumpclimbing -- Red. It's fascinating to me how climbing holds have evolved over the years to the point that the combined creativity of hold shapers & route setters has created a separate and unique discipline of the sport. #saltpumpclimbing
Maddog reveling in the glory of it all while cruising a rock band in the middle portion of our route on Russell. For a rack we brought 3 pins, eight nuts and six screws, and I can honestly say I never got scared or wished we had more gear... That's about as type-1 fun as alpinism gets! #splitterville#russellramble@the_hoarding_marmot@clifbar