Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eiger Interlude


For a transition phase interlude, here's a pretty cool show about Dean Potter attempting to solo the Eiger with a base rig. It's got climbing, wingsuit jumping, highlining, and a little history. Mainly, for me, it's got good footage of one of the modern routes in the Eiger, Deep Blue Sea (12c). One of these years I'm going over there, waiting out the weather, and climbing the Nordwand. It's also got commercials and is 20 minutes in total. Not sure if NBC wants it here so you might want to watch is soon, though they say you can find it on their world of adventuresports site.

Had a long trip to California over the weekend to surprise my dad for his 80th where both Romney and I came down with colds. This was pretty good timing as I'd just finished the first phase of my program. Scheduled to start back up tomorrow and I should be ready. My fingers felt as though they needed the break.

Did manage to explore a canyon in the middle of Nevada that just may hold the big mountain route I've been looking for. I found a wall that hadn't been climbed, at least from the guide or that I could tell, and shared a ledge under it with a mountain goat while I scoped the lines. We surprised each other. He looked more worried than I felt but he was the one with the massive horns and would have had a distinct advantage should one of us gotten territorial. But he soon as he decided I wasn't a predator he went back to grazing while I scoped the wall for weaknesses. I don't know if it's a good omen but it made me like the place, which was stunning anyway. The good omen is more likely the line of weakness up the overhanging headwall that looks as though it will accept my fingers.

6 comments:

Hassan90X said...

Looks scary, combining 2 types of dangerous sports with an outcome of an even dangerous hybrid. Thanks for sharing, looks pretty interesting. Have you tried it?

Anonymous said...

Caw. Caw.


-Josh

Reedster said...

Caw! Caw! Caw!

Steve Edwards said...

Tried which: soloing with a parachute on my back or zoning out during the middle of a presentation and then speaking to the audience in the language of a crow? Umm, no on both accounts.

Hassan! said...

ahahaha that cracked me up. but did you ever free soloed on a very scary route like this or something similar? I would cr*p myself if I was that high without any gear...
(sorry for the swear haha)

Reedster said...

I think that wing suit base jumping would be pretty damn cool. I'm just a lot too worried about the landing.