By Caroline George Naming a route can sometimes be the real crux of a route. The name needs to communicate what was experienced and/or describe aspects of the climb. For example, “The Nose” on Yosemite’s El Capitan gives away the part of the wall the route follows
By Chad Peele After several days of climbing in Rjukan, we drove due west to a small town named Eidfjord. The town sits directly on a fjord, with rocky peaks dramatically rising out of the coastal waters. Here, Caroline and I spent our remaining time in Norway
By Caroline George We arrive in Rjukan in the late afternoon. Seth Hobby—our rigger / American expat to Norway / guide—shows us a few of the area’s great classics. The air is cold and dry in this little enclosed valley that doesn’t see the sun from the end of October through April
First Ascent guides Chad Peele and Caroline George, along with fellow ice climbers Adam George, Seth Hobby and photographer Celin Serbo, have traveled to Norway to explore the vast expanses of Scandinavian ice and attempt a series of first ascents.
Last week the First Ascent team traveled to Ouray, Colorado, to celebrate the start of ice climbing season and to sponsor the 15th Annual Ouray Ice Festival. The festival kicked off with presentations by some of the most accomplished climbers in the industry: Caroline George
By Chad Peele As summer passed and fall arrived, I found myself sharpening my ice picks and dusting off my tools. Fall is a great time to begin a training program and get outside in preparation for the upcoming winter.
October 21, 2009 First Ascent In-Store Event, 7 p.m.—10 p.m. Eddie Bauer FlatIron Crossing, CO Meet First Ascent mountain guides Peter Whittaker, Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall, Chad Peele, and Jake Norton, and a special appearance by mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mount Everest.