With just barley enough time to get a route plan together we tossed our self's into the mix and things started up. It took about 5 seconds to realize that this event was very very well organized and well funded almost to the point of disbelief. Heli Putz, Patrick Tritscher, Carina Brunnauer, Martin Steinbach, the judges, the representatives from Atomic, RedBull, Sunto and other sponsors had things dialed, it really felt like the 28th edition.
a fine line. For an event to encompass all of what it means to be free in the mountains is really a huge progression not just in skimo but in sports in general. To be out there with friends pushing limits and realizing new potential doing exactly what you naturally would do creates an atmosphere like no other. Its only a matter of time before the potential of this format is fully realized.
To fit all our experiences from the weekend would be much to long so I will concentrate on one of our highlights during the event.
|Red: Ski/down climb Yellow: Abseil|
slinging a big rock with some cord.
We had guessed our 60m rope would do the trick and upon Mark cresting the edge we were lucky to save some time and do it in one abseil.
From here we enjoyed some even better turns and could open her up now being out of the no fall zone.
|Mcnab shredding out the last few turns onto the glacier.|