Throwback to 2005 in the Khumbu Valley and an early ascent of the epic 700m+ ice climb Losar w @krakauernotwriting and @conrad_anker. We'd just finished a few days of teaching at the @khumbuclimbingcenter, got up early and wandered across the valley to the foot of this beautiful climb. Here is @krakauernotwriting starting the crux pitch a couple thousand feet up the route. It was my first real outing w him. He sent like a boss. A good time was had by all. Shot on 35mm film.
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Why hello out there.... Nice to see you again...
@conrad_anker riding the razor's edge. Climbing in the big mountains often makes me think of a Buddhist sentiment I was once told.... "Desire is like licking honey off the blade..."
I've experienced many of my most inspiring, moving and humbling moments in the epic landscapes of our national parks and national monuments. Besides their intrinsic value, these are the places we play in, share experiences that shape us, find adventure, find peace. Under the new administration, twenty-seven national monuments are under review with the potential for these one-of-kind places to be left unprotected or inaccessible to the American public. If you care to protect these wild places for future generations, for your kids, please take two minutes and hit the link in my bio. It would be great if you considered making your voice heard on why these places are so important to you. Today is the last day of the commenting period so don't put it off! Thanks for considering... #keeppubliclandspublic@andy_bardon
Full moon rising
And....I'm out. Another nice trip to my favorite city. Mex to NYC is always a fun transition. I like contrasts and the pace between Michoacán and NYC is just a little bit different... Tonight transitioning from city lights to mountain moonlight. Stoked to be headed home.... #wyomingbound
The Tetons never get old. I would take a day of shooting moody storms over a sunny day any day. Stoked to have taken a spin around the mountain roads in the Volvo #V90CrossCountry to capture these early spring conditions. @volvocarusa#ad
Stoked to give the #V90CrossCountry a spin around the mountain roads of Jackson, WY while shooting some stormy spring conditions in the Tetons. @volvocarusa#ad
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Hah! This is kind of amazing....This week's @newyorkermag cover. Which friend is this at your local climbing gym...? Art by @peterdeseve
Home at last.... good to see the high peaks still holding and flowers in the valley. What more could you ask for.... @jacksonhole#iphone
A moment of bliss.....and relief. @alexhonnold holds his El Cap climbing rack....shoes, chalk bag, moments after topping out. Nice @nytimes Op Ed yesterday about Alex's climb from good friend Daniel Duane. Link in my bio. @natgeo
@alexhonnold composed and casual free soloing (sans cord) 2000ft above the deck on the Enduro Pitch of Freerider yesterday. Alex's process to prepare for his dream of free soloing El Cap has been an incredible, and sometimes stressful, journey to witness and be a part of over the last two years while filming him for a feature documentary (co-directed by @mochinyc). In some ways I expected (and prayed for) nothing less on his big day but it was still mind bending to see how relaxed he was in the final days leading up to the climb and of course during the climb - as seen here locked off reaching full extension with mere finger tips in contact to granite, feet smeared on nothing. What I've learned over the last 10 years about Alex is he isn't the kid that shows up to do well on the exam. If it counts, he's there to ace it, knock out the extra credit questions and finish early. I'd say he aced his final exam yesterday with extra credit for style and composure. When he got to the top, he looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure I could go back to the bottom and do it again right now." Congrats bud. You crushed. It was historic, it was brilliant, it was moving beyond words. Thanks to all of Alex's climbing partners who supported along the way and especially to one helluva film crew for staying committed through thick and thin doing some of the best work I've ever seen. So so proud of everyone. See the @natgeo link in my bio for more.
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Ciao for now. You never disappoint....
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Tis the season....Everest North Face and a clear view of the Hornbein Couloir. The mountain still hasn't seen a new route since the Russians climbed a directissima straight up the middle of the 9000ft North Face in 2004. Hope it's a safe season for everyone... #film
Everyone has their morning rituals to get them out the door. @hanahliving stopped by to film a typical morning this winter....they pretty much nailed it and probably shared a bit more than I prefer but that's what happens when you let someone in the house to film first thing in the morning. Check the link in my bio if you want to see me half awake. @jxnfigs