February 12, 2012

Alpine Salvage Work: 2011 Neacolas First Ascents & The Pragmatism of Creativity in the Mountains

On February 21st at UAF's Schaible Auditorium I will be presenting an alpine climbing show including a couple of first ascents I completed in the Neacola mountains this summer with climbing partners Aaron Thrasher and Ben Chriswell as well as a trip up the classic Northeast Buttress of Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies. Along the way we'll probably manage to make fun of alpine climbing a little bit as well as draw out some serious issues about strategy and creativity in the interest of staying alive in the mountains. There will be some great imagery as well as video from the above mentioned trips as well as snippets of a few others. I look forward to seeing people again and sharing a few more mountain adventures, especially this year's high quality consolation route 'Last Bastion' (V 5.10 A1, 14 pitches) on the previously unclimbed Dogtooth Spire in the heart of the remote Neacola Mountains. 

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