Climbing in the Greek Isles

February 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Kalymnos is a magical place for us climbers. Thousands of bolted routes with gnarly tufa rock stalactites on perfect limestone walls, that rise for hundreds of feet up from the azure Mediterranean. Where pomegranate, mandarin and olive trees grow in your backyard and goats steal your lunch when you aren't looking. It's a place that beckons me to return time and time again. Check out our quick compilation of time-lapses from various super fun climbs!

    They say don't look down...

   So I looked up instead... and the view was just as fantastic!
This is one of the best climbs I've ever been fortunate enough to get on
Priapos 7c / 5.12d

A gorgeous ferry ride between Kalymnos and it's little sister the island of
Telendos - also home to many epic rock routes. 

The view from Telendos to Kalymnos 

 

Heading up for a day of multi pitch climbing on Telendos North Face - 6b+ / 5.10d Mom on pitch three...

A little rest day yoga on the beach, and another chance to try out some of the great tasc PERFORMANCE  clothes we tested out on the trip!

The Agios Savvas Monastery  overlooking the Mediterranean

More multi-pitching fun

Looking over towards Telendos after a day of climbing 

​Checking out Pothia, the beautiful capital of the island on a rest day

Belaying on pitch 3 of "Massalia" 6c / 5.10c above the Grande Grotta 

Mom leads up some more fun climbing through weird and gnarly rock features  

Mom gets a well deserved no-hands rest on "Dafni" 6c+ / 5.11b/c 

A fun stemming line between tufas at the Secret Garden, 7a+ / 5.12a

The sun sets behind a twisted old olive tree

Enjoying the perfect rock on "Ixion" 7a / 5.11d

Evil vampire cats! Watch out, they are all over the island and will jump in your lap as you are eating to steal your dinner! Mwhahahaa! 

Obviously pink pants look better and make you climb harder!

A couple of goats enjoy the view from an ancient necropolis site. Sikati cave - a climber's fantasy world. It's like a meteor hit the earth here and melted the rock into dripping stalactites and molded tufa features, to create some of the most fantastic routes on the planet! 

Playing peek-a-boo on another funky no-hands rest climbing at Ghost Kitchen 

Cheers to delicious sangria made from 2 ‎€ bottles of Greek wine, to a month and a half of hauling ourselves up gorgeous limestone, and to another unforgettable Kalymnos sunset!


Skiing the Coast Mountains

February 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This love affair with the Coast Mountains was first ignited in springtime in 2012 and 2013 during a series of fly-in ski trips and traverses I completed to train for upcoming acmg guide exams. I dragged my family and any adventurous friends I could trap into seeking fresh corn snow amongst the glaciers and high peaks... 

Tyax Air was instrumental for basecamp style adventures. Traverses are fun and all… but fly-in is luxury ski mountaineering! 

Sam works on his modelling career and nipple sunburn.

Bridget and Sam carve some sweet turns on the glacier off the north side of Madhorse Mountain.

Returning to basecamp at dusk across the Overseer Glacier after a long day

Heading towards the Golden Calf to bag one more peak and another gorgeous descent.

Fresh wolverine tracks cross our path

Route planning during a stormy whiteout day 

A stormy ascent up the SE ridge of Overseer

7 days gone by too fast...

The Manatee Glacier and it's surrounding peaks become the stomping grounds for our next 10 day adventure... Brave companions Sam, Bill and my sister Kat stoked for some exciting days ahead.

We set our sights first on snagging the magnificent and iconic Wahoo Tower

It got a little steep... 

Bill is all smiles looking up towards the south face and summit of Wahoo Tower

Solid spring conditions and low avalanche hazard allow us to ascend the steep south face

Bill finds a little powder on the way down

A glorious morning looking out towards Bonito and Albacore Peaks

Kat and Sam ascending the steep west ridge of Mt. Sirenia 

I belay Sam up the final few pitches to the summit of Sirenia

Sam charges down the glacier with the north face of Wahoo Tower in the background

Admiring the endless possibilites...

Kat eyes up the steep NE chute off Mt.Bonito   

 Kat's last turn before her ski punches through a small crevasse and she falls, rag-dolling down 250 vertical meters of remaining chute and very narrowly avoiding landing in some large crevasses below. The rest of us all have mini heart attacks watching. Miraculously Kat is fine, and I am able to retrieve her ski from the crevasse.

A storm blows in shredding Sam’s tent with the extreme winds, keeps us shoveling our tents out all night, and sets off a few big avalanches. 

Me standing on the summit of Mt.Oluk

Skiing the East Glacier off Oluk

A great overview, our camp is the little dots on the glacier lower right.

I drop in to a steep north chute off Mt.Obelia

 Last night under the stars

Dirtbagging back in Whistler 

The moon over Mt.Currie as we depart Pemberton for our next adventure The Pebble Glacier is an epic destination. So many peaks to ski and a perfect weather forecast for a whole week. 

Mum ascends to the summit of Pebble Peak with her game face and zinc war paint on. 

 

We return to camp to open our food bin and find our food floating in melted butter and chocolate. Apparently it gets HOT on these glaciers in the spring! Half an hour later we spy a Grizzly sow and her cub crossing the Pebble glacier. Luckily they ignore the smells of melted butter and continue on their way

 Ascending the NW ridge of Mt.Sessel

 Starting the descent down the North Face of Sessel

  North face of Mt.Sessel, if you look closely you can see our traverse track from the summit ridge.

 A close call this day as I went for a solo ski  up Mt.Spillman while Kat and Mum rested at camp. You can just make out my ski track beside the slide. Got lucky this time around.

  More springtime avalanche activity

  Kat smiling as she gains the north ridge of Mt.Wesley

  Home sweet home after another long day of ski mountianeering

 Mum sporting all the glacier fashion essentials - glacier goggles, silly hat and excess zinc

  Looking east towards Mt.Sugus

 Climbing up the ridge to the NE sub-peak of Mt.Watts

 South Ridge of Mt.Watts, Mt.Sessel north face behind 

One last epic ski down perfect corn off Pebble Peak before the ski plane comes to snatch us back to civilization.


The Azores - A Mountain Biking Paradise

March 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Mountain Wedding in Fernie - Raegan & Nik

March 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

When Raegan & Nik approached us looking for a fun and unique mountain wedding, we knew we could help!  After getting ready in the amazing amenities of Lizard Creek Lodge, it was off to the Annex Park in Fernie for a beautiful outdoor ceremony.  Taking advantage of the perfect weather, a surprise helicopter flight to a Rocky Mountain peak was set into motion.  The mountain tops gave way to a quick stop in town, before heading back to Lizard Creek Lodge for what was a truly entertaining evening.


Venue - Lizard Creek Lodge
Ceremony - Annex Park, Fernie B.C
Helicopter Access - Ascent Heli
Flowers The Green Petal


Tasc Performance - A Fernie Photo Shoot

February 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Its no wonder that Fernie is a popular host for international clothing and product photo shoots.  The town, locals, scenery, vibe, and easy access to world class mountains all come together to create the perfect set.
Last year, Tasc Performance with the help of Elevation Showcase (Lance Edwards) teamed up with us, a group of fit, good looking locals, and Ascent Helicopters.  This is a small sample of what was produced.

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- All Photos are property of Tasc Performance, and can NOT be used with out proper consent.

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