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How was it in Canada? WILD!

On the expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables Tanja and Andrej were fascinated by the sheer wilderness of Canadian North. They went trough real wilderness adventure with lot of good climbing, to much bush hiking and not enough scenic paddling!
 

In the end of July Tanja and Andrej traveled to the Cirque of the Unclimbables, Logan Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada. After two hours bush flight form Watson Lake (nearest habituated settlement) they landed on a Glacier lake at the foot of famous granite peaks and spires, situated somewhere in the endless boreal forests and wetlands of the Canadian North. After day spent carrying all the needed equipment and food, they set up base camp on the pristine Ferry meadows in the hart of Cirque. To their surprise there were no other climbers there in twenty days of their stay.

Tanja and Andrej try to use all fine weather periods for climbing and, as the weather was surprisingly nice, they climbed a lot! A day after the approach they were on the summit of the most fascinating peak of the area - Lotus Flower Tower, by the classic SE Face (V, 5.11-, 750 m). Their comment: « The route is exceptional, incomparable to any other we did in our long climbing careers!” After another short route on Terrace Tower, The White Tower (III, 5.11, 250 m) they climbed Power of Silence on Middle Huey Spire (V, 5.12c (13a), 400 m). That was the first repeat of last year’s Ines Papert creation. Andrej climbed all pitches free, feeling the crux one is more in the 5.12.b than in 5.13.a range (as graded by Ines). Except the first few pitches the climb was done in heavy rain, but due the overhanging nature of the route, only last ten meters of the route were wet! After period of bad weather the duo continued with Riders on the Storm on East Huey Spire (V, 5.12d, 400 m), Andrej free on sight, and few days later ended successful climbing with Club International on Bustle Tower (V, 5.11b, 600 m).
But than the adventurous part of expedition just started. Tanja and Andrej carried all their stuff together wit inflatable boat (always in two shifts) trough more than 20 km of pristine forests, wetlands and bogs to the scenic Nahanni river. The struggling part of the expedition took four days, with a day of rest because of torrent rain and snowfall in the mountains. The last adventure was paddling down the Nahanni River. After four days of paddling they came to magnificent Virginia falls. Their food and energy reserves were quite low and their desire for more wilderness whitewater decreased. So instead of paddling another 300km to the first road they used the opportunity of incoming plane and flew (escape) out of wilderness.

Last week of their stay in Canada they spent exploring fine sport, trad and alpine climbing, biking and paddling opportunities of Canadian Rockies around Canmore.

 

Some climbing photos: http://grmoclimb.net/?str=502&aid=38

 

and other Canadian adventures: http://grmoclimb.net/?str=7&aid=50

 
 


just GrmO

2011-02-09
Triglav, impressive winter ascent

Luka Krajnc and Andrej Grmovsek carried out hard winter ascent up the North Face of Triglav (2864m) Sanjski Joža (VI/V,M7+, 1050m).
2010-09-20
How was it in Canada? WILD!

On the expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables Tanja and Andrej were fascinated by the sheer wilderness of Canadian North. They went trough real wilderness adventure with lot of good climbing, to much bush hiking and not enough scenic paddling!
2010-07-20
Via Sandro Pertini and Via Cattedrale

Luka Krajnc and Andrej Grmovšek finsihed short visit to the Dolomites with the first free ascent of Via Sandro Pertini, Cima Grande (7c, 250m) and free ascent of the magnificent Via Cattedrale (8a+ or 8a, 650m, 850m long), Marmolada.
2010-01-26
Perfect winter climbing conditions in Slovenian Alps

This winter brings almost unreal conditions to most of the Slovenian alpine walls and an increasing number of Slovenian alpinists found real climbing treasures in the hills!
2009-10-01
Are we afraid of sharks?

Famous and still unclimbed Meru Sharks Fin had turned away jet another climbing team. Beginners lessons for “old experts?” Silvo, Marko and Andrej.
2009-06-18
When everything goes well!

Andrej fight to the end ... and at the end did a one-day free ascent of route Donnafugata, 8a, 750m, Torre Trieste.
2009-05-29
Perfect Morocco

The expedition to Morocco was really great. We were enraptured with its diversity and hospitability of the local people. And especially with unbelievably amounts of reddish walls, one of the best limestone climbing cliffs we know!
2009-03-31
NO winter SIESTA

Amazing busy winter season for Andrej and Marko with some really good and well done routes around Alps like Illuminati and No Siesta! Great climbers on great routes and they don't have any siesta!

2008-09-07
Climbing in South Greenland

Really great climbing expedition, on which we found excelent rock, great weather, many long routes, good friends, beautiful nature and perfect timing.

2008-02-08
Free Mix Lines above Chamonix

Good winter season above Chamonix during which Andrej and Marko were looking for good and chalenging mix routes.


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