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The cold world of skimo & alpine climbing

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Worst Route In The World?

This is a good read for the aspiring alpinist :)

"It’s the worst route I’ve ever done.” This was Canmore local, Nancy Hansen’s, summation of her experience on the Wishbone Arete Route on the South Face of Mt Robson. This, coming from a very accomplished alpinist, who is the 1st (and only, I think) woman that has climbed all of the 53 peaks in the Canadian Rockies that stand over 11,000′. I’m not positive on this, but I think that less than 10 other people in the world can boast the same. So that report, coming from her, hit hard. In fact, her and her husband, Doug, were climbing the fifty together too, and a failed attempt on the Wishbone made Doug drop the pursuit entirely. He said he never wanted to get back on that awful route. We had traveled a long way to try this mountain for the third time, so these heavy, first hand accounts, made my stomach turn."

More here:
http://www.prana.com/life/2012/11/17/smileys-project-the-worst-route-in-the-world/

Mt Robson's Wishbone Arête from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

and the "project".

http://smileysproject.com/Committed__Fifty_Classic_Climbs_of_North_America/Committed.html

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Having been intimate with this type of terrain (choss pile that breaks away), but not in combo with this type of exposure, I almost soiled my pants while watching this video.
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M., .ua

Poncho said...

Ha! The Rockies? An aquired taste for sure :)

Frank said...

I just wanted to know what kind of backpacks they were using. There is one BD but I can only guess the other two are some kind of dyneema backpachs?
Got any information on those, Dane?

Poncho said...

Cool video isn't it? The Smiley's have a serious commercial venture happening with the 50 Classics. They look to be very well supported and sponsored by the industry. Check out their sponsors and I'd expect to find the pack maker both using there.