Sunday, July 15, 2012

“Soul Destroying Wallowing”

The Smileys climb their 36th of 50 Classic Climbs – Mt. Huntington in Alaska. Tough travel through deep snow as well as hard technical climbing:

“The first anchor on the Spiral consisted of three old pitons at a hanging stance. More mixed climbing followed, which opened up into a 65-degree snow slope. The snow was fluffy,


so I had to dig a vertical trench to make upward progress. This was both time consuming and exhausting. The heavy snow year covered up most of the fixed belays, so I dug for 20 minutes to expose a crack for an anchor, 195 feet above the last.”

Huntington from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

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