15 days ago
A couple days late but what the hey... Happy belated National Mountain Climbing Day!
The act of climbing mountains is often misunderstood. It can mean a lot of different things to different people. The reasons for climbing mountains can be deeply personal or about sharing an incredible experience with your climbing partners. For some it becomes a meditation in being present. Life stripped to the basics - movement through the landscape with purpose. At its most raw, it can be about survival.
@conrad_anker has made a career seeking out, exploring and climbing some of the most remote unclimbed walls in the world. Beyond his climbing, he has been a mentor to new generations of climbers and also worked to protect the wild landscapes he loves. But at the end of the day, he still loves climbing. Here in -20f degree temps, he ascends a new 4000ft route on Ulvetanna aka the Wolf’s Fang in Antarctica. Ask him why he’d spend a week on a wall in subzero temps and he might not be able to tell you...but he was surely present and enjoying this moment. @thenorthface