@lanleyc and I have climbed a lot together since we first met in September. In fact, it's safe to say that I've climbed more with him than anyone else in my short but varied adventure career. The thing is, whenever we have climbed together, we've always swapped leads (except that time we both got sandbagged on the Aguille du Midi in Chamonix the day after we met for the first time, when Christian led every pitch and I French Freed the entire route which was way above my pay grade.) That wasn't the case yesterday, however, on our very first multi-pitch ice climb with mountain machine Paul Chiddle from @yamnuskamtnadv. We both followed Paul up the four pitch, 210m, WI 5, world-class ice route called "The Sorcerer." The climbing was incredible - unlike anything that I've ever done, but one of the coolest parts about the experience was getting to climb next to Christian.
Cheering each other on when the climbing got steep (and it got real steep,) helping each other out during sticky situations (and there were a couple,) chatting during belays, and popping off shots like this one while we both climbed a fully vertical route was pretty special. So stoked to experience climbing in a totally new way. And, I'm so stoked for what's to come.
Tomorrow, we embark on a journey into the unknown, as we attempt to complete the first traverse of a stunning ridgeline in Alberta. Curious as to what we're getting up to? What gear we're going to use? How we've researched and planned the trip? Today at 5pm MST we're doing a live video to talk about all that and more. Tune in and hang out!