Hey All, I've had a few people ask me lately "What's up with your website, did you abandon it?" No, Sorry. I just feel like I don't have anything worthy of sharing. I've been pretty mellow over the last 10 weeks because of an injury. Now I'm getting back out free skiing and about to head up to Mount Rainier for 10+ days. Hopefully I'll be able to do something rad.
I try to only post the things that I find to be significant from a broad interest or historic perspective. Recently the climbing/ski community has been rocked by the passing of several highly experienced athletes. Fellow East Coaster and K2 ski company teammate Kip Garre was killed in an avalanche in the Sierras that also took the life of his girlfriend, Allison Kreutzen. In the Bernese Alps, Swiss legend, Erhard Loretan died in a fall on his 52nd birthday. Deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the adventurous souls who have passed in the last few months.
The spring climbing season in the Himalaya is going strong, with climbers acclimatizing on Everest and other peaks. Swiss athlete Ueli Steck just blasted up and down Shisha's South Face in a blistering 10.5 hours. This guy is so awesome, I'm stoked to see what he does next. He's got permits for Cho and Everest North side. Hopefully we will see him float the Everest Super Coulior (Japanese>Horbein) to end what could be an amazing season. American skier of the Gnar, Chris Davenport is currently on the south side of the Big E guiding a friend, perhaps he will find time to ski a line or two.
There may be some other ski descents going on, I haven't heard of any except for the Lhotse Ski Expedition. This is a trip no doubt put together by Jamie Laidlaw. Jamie skied from over 8000 meters on Lhotse in 20??. He's been on the route before so he knows what's up and if the conditions are remotely reasonable I think he'll send it. With Jamie on the trip is Kris Erickson, who is a total badass as well. Kris has skied on Cho, Shisha and G2 among many others. These guys are a class act and I expect they will come home with mind-blowing imagery that The North Face will use in future campaigns.
This post is loaded with links, check them out, all are interesting. Please send positive vibes to all the folks out in the hills now. Remember, "The mountains don't care who you are" and "There is no conquering going on here, just pure fun". I feel like someone older and wiser must have said those phrases before me, but I don't know who. Peace