Alastair Humphrey:

1. Do good stuff. (Without this, you have nothing)

2. Repeat Step 1

3. …

Some really good thoughts in this article. and this applies to anyone wanting to call him/herself a ‘creative professional’.


If you read the book by John Krakauer and if you have seen the movie Everest in IMAX, you know the story of the devastating snow storm who took the lives of some of the most prolific guides on Mount Everest in 1996. There’s also a 1997 version of the story titled Into Thin Air, which streams on Netflix, but I don’t think anyone ever watched it.

Now Krakauer’s movie is being adapted and updated into a adventure drama and will hit the theaters some time the Fall of 2015.

What’s double awesome is that the film was shot in parts in Schnalstal, South Tyrol.


Discover what it feels like speed climbing the Eiger North Face and the Matterhorn via the Hörnligrat on an app on your iPad from the comfort of your home. This is all thanks to GoPro. They are completely changing the game as to what’s possible in documenting and creating stories and thus allowing people a first row seat to the what it feels like climbing mountains like this.

Blows me away every time one of those apps/products/promotional pieces is released.

I remember watching Everest at my local IMAX in the early 2000s and feeling disappointed at the few good shots we got from the upper part of the mountain. Until it dawned on me that this is not a place where it was back then even possible to shoot proper multi-angle footage. Now everyone can carry a GoPro with them and capture HD content from anywhere in the world.

Where would you take a GoPro?


This is insanity:

In western Washington, threats include view-obstructing towers emitting electromagnetic radiation in the midst of pristine nature; horrific noise pollution; and staggeringly complex potential problems for every aspect of delicate ecosystems on land, in the sea and in the air. The Navy also wants to fly “Growler” fighter jets, probably the loudest on earth, along migratory bird flyways.

A bit more detail on Exotic Hikes:

In 2015, the United States plans to test and refine our ability to use and maintain electromagnetic weapons in National Forest lands.

Why did anyone think that is a good idea? Is it necessary? Just convenient?

Meanwhile:

The lack of snow in the Olympic Mountains because of spring-like warmth has led to an early outbreak of hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking on the North Olympic Peninsula.


There’s a massive remnant of a volcano sticking out in the middle of the ocean off of the coast of Australia and it looks spectacular. Yes, it has been climbed before (50 years ago this year to be exact), and yes it’s very hard/impossible to get a permit to climb it again, but dream with me for a moment, if you will.


Many of those huts look like they are in incredible locations. Definitely worth keeping in mind when planning the next trip.

Sidenote: Their tagline is:

The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America.

There are only two countries in North America, and the fact that the US and it’s Alpine Club, the AAC doesn’t have a large network of huts is really sad and I am researching on why that is and what can be done to change that. Researching, at this point only!


Man, amazing races all over Europe. Honey, we need to spend the Summer in the Alps.

Cortina SkyRace – June 25.

Zugspitz Ultratrail – June 19/20.

Eiger Ultra Trail – July 18/19.


I will be doing my first trail race:

We encourage you to treat this race like an ultra. The shorter distances are more than made up for in difficulty.

I’m ready!

This race is likely the hardest half and full marathon in Washington State. The course takes you on beautiful trails through Capitol Forest outside of Olympia. Steep climbs, technical trails, lots of mud, beautiful views… you’ll have to work hard for this finish.


And here is the official Red Bull video of the Niagara Falls ice climbing project I mentioned last week.

Fantastic images, you can almost feel the force of the raging water falling.


I didn’t know this and I totally love it:

The story goes like this: In 1924, at the closing ceremonies of the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, Baron Pierre de Coubertin—father of the modern Olympics and first IOC chairman—awarded the members of the 1922 British Mount Everest expedition, including George Mallory, gold medals for “absolute heroism on behalf of all of the nations of the world.” (When he conceived of the modern Olympics in 1894, De Coubertin envisioned medals being given for both aeronautics and alpinism. The last medals in alpinism, a pair of silvers, were given to Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka at the Calgary Games in 1988 for each man’s completion of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, though Messner refused the medal.)


Kenton Cool does the Khumbu Triple Crown. Insane and insanely awesome.

 


And the mountains are beckoning.

It’s the big one—Mount Rainier—with nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, roughly 2/3 the amount of oxygen available versus sea level, and 50+ pounds of weight on your back.

Get going!


Schiller Bike:

“…So many bodies of water. Let’s go bike them all.”

Insanely expensive, but I love the idea of ‘riding a bike across the water’.


Greg Veronvage, a Base Camp manager at the AAC gathering last weekend:

“I’m in favor of using helicopters to bypass the ice fall before April first,” he told me. “We’re taking in the ballpark of 70 loads—6,800 meters of rope, pickets, ice screws, tents, oxygen for Sherpas. We’re not talking about luxuries, we’re not bringing up espresso machines, rugs, and caviar.”

This is just the worst. But not surprising, I suppose.


Is the social media tool for outdoor lovers. Just found it and downloaded the app. Pretty slick idea but with still some rough edges. The team reached out to me on Twitter and said that a 3.0 version is in the works and will be released soon. So, if you’re always wanted a place to post awesome pictures of your hikes and other outdoor endeavors and need a place for inspiration and community this app might be it.


Looks like Honda Element. But Honda discontinued it. I sort of liked the Honda Element. We used to have one but downgraded because we felt like it was too big,  that damn windshield constantly dinged and the gas milage sucked. But overall it was a great car, especially the interior was brilliant. Great washable cloth and flexible seating to allow for a ton of storage. Awesome for the outdoors.

Next time I’m at a Jeep dealership I should take a test drive… just a test drive of course.

PS: Saw the car during an ad at the Superbowl. Millions well spent.


Jawohl!

This week, Canadian ice climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken became the first to climb the frozen falls.

A Red Bull project, of course.


Is this Saturday in New York City. If you’re not around you can follow the hashtag #aacdinner15 for updates and probably also find a number of cool people who use Twitter.


U.S. Department of the Interior now has a Tumblr showcasing photos from America’s public lands.

Smart idea and gorgeous photos.


Don’t waste it. But live it to the fullest.

Have a great weekend folks.