Follow @summitpodcast for Daily shots of Images & Inspiration - On January 20, 2015, 48 hours after arriving in El Chaltén, Argentina, Bruce Miller settles into a deluxe bivy six pitches up the Northwest Ridge (aka: “Afanassieff,” 5.10c, 1550m) of Cerro Fitz Roy. This route, however, is not the one Bruce and I intended to climb. In fact, we knew very little about Afanassieff until about eight hours before I snapped this photo, when a serendipitous encounter with Rolando “Rolo” Garibotti on the approach changed our minds. He warned us of nasty conditions on the North Pillar, our intended route, then he graciously spent an hour drawing us detailed topos and route beta for Afanassieff. Thank you, Rolo! We summited Fitz Roy the following day then spent one more night at this bivy. Except then it felt like a different world: a storm was on its way, accompanied by an icy wind that actually rolled me across this ledge several times as I shivered in my nylon womb.” [Photo] Chris Weidner @christopherweidner @boulderclimbingcommunity @rolo_garibotti
This week as part of the #alpinistcommunityprojectwe’re sharing work from Chris Weidner, a climber and freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He started climbing in Washington State in 1988, where he escaped to the mountains every chance he had. The Alaska Range, Canadian Rockies and the Cascades taught him that rock climbing is way more fun than alpine climbing, yet he still can’t resist the mountains. Since 2007 he has authored more than 240 climbing-related articles for his column, “Wicked Gravity,” which appears in The Boulder Daily Camera, and he is on the board of directors for the Boulder Climbing Community, which works to protect and care for a variety of crags on Colorado’s Front Range.
This is his third post.
Reposted from @alpinistmag