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so that you can get information, get excited, climb, compete, teach, and enjoy. We want to provide this informative service to you, so that you’re not left wondering where the heck you are, or what you should do next.
There’s so much going on in the world of winter climbing, and well, climbing in general, and so much of it is missed because it’s scattered across the web. Here, you can follow Canada’s National Ice Climbing Team, get and/or post tips on training, how you could be eating for optimal performance, find out who’s coaching out there, get ahold of a guide, donate to support Canadian athletes, post on or learn of current conditions, and pretty much anything else we can think about. News, gear, the governing body of Ice Climbing UIAA, the Olympic Movement for 2014, and the list goes on.
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“We all try to be busy instead of being alive, busy instead of getting out and breathing, busy sending useless texts instead of walking in the woods with our kids or introducing them to life’s joys. We move information instead of simply moving,” says Arc’teryx athlete Will Gadd in this ode to action and movement. Acknowledging how hard it is to carve out time for exercise in our daily lives, Gadd’s passionate words remind us how important it is to get outside, breathe hard, and create meaning through movement. After all, as Gadd says, “Life’s more fun when you move.”
Select Waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies provides the reader with comprehensive route information and beautiful photography for 53 of the best waterfall ice climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Abbreviated route information is also given for an additional 212 climbs throughout the 152 pages. This guide incorporates an easy to use title bar that at a glance provides the basic information needed to find and climb each route. Anecdotes from the first ascent teams and tips from experienced Rockies’ climbers make the guide an interesting read along with amazing photography. The release date is planned for mid-December and will cost $25. Author Brent Peters lives in Canmore, Alberta, ice climbing base-camp to the Rockies. The book is published by Peak Stratagem. Go Here
The Banff Film Festival event titled the Dirtbag Cafe took place last night, Wednesday, Oct 30th. Last year Fred Beckey took the stage giving insight into his favourite North American climbs. This year Nancy Hansen entertained a packed room at Banff Centre’s The Club. In 2002, she was the first person to climb a rock route on the 300 metre-high face of Yamnuska every month in a calendar year. In 2003, she was the first female (and sixth person) to climb all 54 peaks over 3,350 metres (11,000 feet) in the Canadian Rockies. And in 2005, she climbed all 34 of the routes in the 1977 original Mt. Yamnuska guidebook. She is currently working on climbing all of the routes listed in the iconic 1979 guidebook Fifty Classic Climbs of North America – and has completed 46 of the routes to date.
Hansen told stories and showed videos and photos from a number of her climbs. She focused on The Nose in Yosemite, Middle Cathedral in Alaska and The Harvard Route on Huntington. Her journey to be the first person to climb all fifty climbs is inspiring. She has four routes remaining, of which The Hummingbird Ridge on Logan has not been repeated. In the audience, along with dozens of others, were Chic Scott, Kevin Doyle, Jack Tackle, Marc Piche and Cedar Wright.
There mission is to to design and produce innovative products that will optimize efficiency for mountain travel. Long approaches, slogging up the mountain side, deep snow, posting through to your waist. No more. The new Ascent Plates from Billy Goat Tech take all that away and make your approaches 10x more efficient. The Ascent Plate is a new Patent Pending alpine snowshoe for technical terrain made from an aluminum plate component that fits between the ski / mountaineering boot and a crampon. Read More
The world is changing more quickly than ever before and the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) is evolving with it. We know that in order to stay relevant, we must step boldly into the future, keep up with current technology and deliver programs that continue to meet the needs of our members. The last few years have seen a number of major changes within the Club; and now we are taking another important step in launching a new look for our logo. Read More
One man’s journey from the top of the world to the end of the line. Jeff Lowe is one of the most influential climbers ever. He is a pioneer who led the way. His goal was to accomplish the most inspired climbs with the least equipment, firm in his belief that the ensuing experiences would lead to greater levels of self-discovery. With an attitude of total responsibility for his own safety and impact on the environment, Jeff’s countless first ascents, special events, gear innovations, clothing designs, articles and books, and inspirational and instructional movies and videos are proof that uncompromising personal standards are no hindrance to success.
Here’s a video interview from epic tv about Ueli’s solo
There aren’t many people who venture into the mountains in Western Canada without first taking a look at the Handbook of the Canadian Rockies. Consistently updated through the years and known as “the Bible” for Canadian mountain enthusiasts, it logs every plant, animal, and rock type found in the region, written for both weekend hikers and serious mountaineers. The Handbook’s author, Ben Gadd, a teacher, naturalist, guide, and award-winning author, will receive the 2013 Summit of Excellence Award.
This past summer, sport climbing fell out of the running as a hopeful sport in the 2020 summer games. Many were disappointed. So now, it’s up to the ice climbing world to throw the last hail mary in hopes of having some sort of climbing representation at the olympics. Despite the lack of enthusiasm from some, the dedicated are going full tilt towards this long shot. As details have still not been unveiled as far as how this is going to actually look in Sochi, stay tuned as we’ll update as soon as information is released.
Ueli Steck solos Annapurna south face
At a rating of M12, Musashi is one of the hardest mixed routes in Canada. Ten years ago, Outdoor Research Ice Climbing Ambassador and ACMG Alpine Guide Sarah Hueniken saw a video of the route being climbed by renowned climbers Will Gadd and Ben Firth. In March of 2013, she ventured into Alberta’s Cineplex Cave and climbed it herself, becoming the first North American woman to successfully climb M12.
Watch Sarah’s successful ascent of Musashi in “Everyday”, the complete film from AliasCinema.
Athlete Gord McArthur, giving you a glimpse of what it’s been like “along the way”. Competition, training, his backyard, route climbing, and #theroadtosochi.
In summer 2011, Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words.Read more here
This is Backcountry. Here, blood meets rock, sweat meets trail, and the well-worn path to a routine existence reaches its terminus. This is an invitation to feed your wanderlust, to rediscover the spark inside you and feel the strain of your muscles against the forces of nature.
The Canadian media; magazines that bring you stories, news, gear, and most importantly…motivation. From left to right, Gripped Magazine, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine, and The Canadian Alpine Journal.
HOW DO YOU GO BIG IN THE MOUNTAINS, BUT STAY SAFE?
The lure of the summit is a siren’s song. But learning to enjoy the journey itself might be the key to a lifetime in the mountains. Unless you insist on climbing a trophy mountain like the Matterhorn where there might be 150 other climbers, mountaineering is a quiet, soulful pleasure. We as mountaineers have to respect the mountains. The mountains are beautiful, but merciless. In our fast-paced, record-driven society, we plan a trip, and it may feel like it’s written in stone that we’re going to do “The Peak.” It feels almost worse when you’ve paid someone to reach a peak. Somehow this makes the peak—and not the journey—much more the measure of “success.”Read More
PACKING FOR AN OVERNIGHT ALPINE ASCENT
5 essential foods-and how to prepare them- by Outsideonline
You’re getting older. It’s time to accept the fact that you can’t stay out for last call, then make it up for a 6:30 A.M. mountain-bike ride. And enough already with your daily routine of coffee-and-bagel breakfasts, takeout lunches, and pizza-and-beer recovery meals. A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that the highest rate of adult weight gain happens between ages 25 and 35—roughly one pound per year.Read More