So I have arrived in Chamonix!!! I met up with Stu in the prohibitively expensive McDonalds for a pre-expedition briefing and to catch up ready for the sufferfest to to start tomorrow. Name of the game: acclimatisation!!
So the aim for the next day or so is to get up as high as possible, do as much as possible so I can get my body used to the altitude. The route for tomorrow is is the Cosmique arête which I’m told is a classic AD. Wish me luck!!!!
Getting away from it all is as simple as walking away……..
When we were in Sweden Canoeing we decided to make spoons.
Ollie Torr - Nice One Masson, 7A
Check out those slopers!
Jürgen Leonbacher and Stefan Ploum sending hard 300km inside the Arctic Circle
Just 3 days left before i head off to the alps for a week of big mountain climbing, portfolio expansion and fun! I hope you guys are psyched to see the sick new shots I’m going to be firing at you when I’m back!!!!
Anyone else find girls who dig the outdoors infinitely more attractive?
Ollie Torr Beasting it at Masson Lees on a 7a and 7c
So the time is almost upon me! I am counting down the days until i jet off to the Alps for a week of mountaineering goodness. I really can’t wait to get there and not only test my climbing but also my photography.
This will be the first time I will be shooting real, hardcore mountaineering! I can’t wait to get stuck in to it. I intend to really boost my portfolio when I’m out there and then seriously go at getting some industry interest! Its about time I reckon.
Watch this space, I am considering doing a short video blog entry going over some of the photography kit i will be taking and what Ill use it for.
Time to sit and watch
Sometimes you just have to take a moment
Worlds pretty stunning if you look!
Duncan Bottrill - Systems Malfunction, 7b, Peak District UK
Now we all find it hard to commit to moves on a climb just as we find it hard to commit to anything in our lives. “What if it goes wrong? What will happen? What will I do?”. Adam Ondra said something along the lines of nobody has yet reached their full potential in climbing. Not through a lack of physical ability, although this may have a little to do with it, but rather that noone has yet 100% committed mentally, on. Once we do this we will see even more amazing things.
In the photo above, you can see Duncan committing to a big, blind dyno on Systems Malfunction. It took him a few goes, and a few angry words were heard but he stuck the move in the end and finished the route.
P.s. I am off to the alps for a week, in a week to film and shoot some photos. One of our aims is the Eiger! Any suggestions?
rozis said: I saw you taking a lot of climbing photos. possibly you're a climber too?
I am indeed a climber. Possibly more enthusiastic than skilled, but I know my way around a boulder pad.
Thanks for the question!
Keep them coming!
Jürgen Leonbacher showing commitment in trying conditions bagging the first ascent of “a quarter to Bégué” (7a/+)
Its always amazing to get a first ascent! Jürgen nabbed this little beauty 140km north of the Arctic Circle in Gaisenjarga. Ecstatic with his achievement, he named it after the world’s greatest muffin baker. Hence the name “a quarter to Bégué”.
It’s me…… up a rope…..with a camera!!!
Jürgen Leonbacher - Ridiculous Slab, Gaisenjarga
So those of us who climb; know that slabs can be pretty tricksy customers! They’re are all about balance, control and footwork; but when you have hand holds as small as these puppies, you need some sort of black magic to stick to the wall!