In Season 1 Episode 2, Stormriders follows climber and skier Christian Beckwith. A longtime alpinist, Beckwith’s passion for ski mountaineering grows with each passing winter, but increasing responsibilities on the homefront coupled with the advance of time beg a simple question: Is it worth it?
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For the anniversary of Adam’s passing this year, a group of friends honored him on a trip to the Bill Putnam Fairy Meadow Hut run by the Alpine Club of Canada, the trip that never was the year before because of Adam’s death.
When we pulled our skins out for the first day of skiing, I discovered I only had one skin for one ski. Panic quickly set in. We were at least 12 hours away from any outdoor retailer where I could buy more skins. And delivery most certainly wasn’t an option. What was I to do?
We had come to Newfoundland in search of legendary frozen waterfalls to climb, but doubts and fears had begun to creep in.
“As a society we’ve steered ourselves so far away from the things that actually make us happy, and it’s a shame, because the mountains, and people, and some sunshine go a long way. It’s a film about developing your own rules based on a simple principle: do what makes you happy. It’s a simplicity most of us haven’t known since our youth,” Nick Waggoner of Sweetgrass says.
For ski touring, Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains is the number one place I go to play when I have some time off. This time, I got to share the experience with a client of mine, Andrew, from Alta, Utah.
Day One: Fresh tracks on Video Peak
The first day, we skinned up at the front [...]
Over the course of the day I awakened to the fact that I was capable of climbing pretty much anything. I didn’t know it, but the Talisman had become my talisman. It taught me a lot that day.
“In the mountains you are sometimes invited, sometimes tolerated and sometimes told to go home,” wrote Fred Beckey in Challenge of the North Cascades.
Golden, B.C., isn’t close to anywhere. The closest international airports are at least two layovers and three to six driving hours away, over the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountain ranges.
When I try to explain mixed climbing to people, they usually look at me strangely. They see all my fancy spikes and crampons and ask if I’m going ice climbing. I answer, “Yes—sort of.”
All you ever hear (and for good reason) about ice leading is that the leader must not fall. I’m finding that most ice climbers I know only have one lead-fall experience or none at all.