/ NEW ARTICLE: Belgians Go Big on Baffin
Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens, Olivier Favresse and I just came back from a expedition in Baffin Island. We had an awesome trip! Free Climbing in Baffin is amazing and the potential for free climbing and first ascents seems endless. We climbed 5 routes, 3 of them new and in one of them we spent 11 days.
Our main target was to climb around Mt Asgard, which is one of the craziest looking mountains I have ever seen...
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2119
Yet another amazing effort from those boys. To me they are the spearhead of climbing at the moment, not anyone on the grit or pebble wrestling... but then it's just my opinion and it counts for nowt in the scales of things=)
You go guys!
Excellent article and shots.
Incredible. One of those stories that makes me keep training in the hope that I might one day be able to do something like it!
Jaw dropping, massively well done to the team!
It is not completely clear how this related to the Leo Houlding & Co 'Mt Asgard Project'. It sounds as if the Belgians were on the mountain shortly after Leo's team had left. Is that correct - i.e. that the two teams did not overlap?
Thanks for explaining this, because it was a bit of a riddle how the Belgians had had such good weather. The misleading thing about the Belgian/UKC article is that it implies that they've 'just come back' from Baffin ... in September.
thanks for clearing up some of the facts, I had assumed (as Gordon did) due to the timing of the press releases that the Belgians had actually been there after your trip.
Can you explain to someone like me with no big wall experience why you pushed on with a route on the North face despite the conditions, rather than choosing a face which may have afforded more sun and better conditions?
Look forward to the footage
We did run a live blogg at the time here - http://www.theasgardproject.com/news/
You, on the other hand, filled your post with opinions, example, "some of the best weather in years"
not read the article, but i think its pretty commen to have bolts for belay points on big wall climbs
I guess that by freeclimbing they just mean not aiding it, adding bolts on lead for example would still not be considered as aid???
Sorry man, but that whole overly-defensive post reeks of sour grapes and excuses, excuses, excuses. No doubt your team did the best with what was available, but it might be an idea to shed some chips from your shoulder before posting such "that not fair mister" replies. Luck was always giong to be a major factor in either of these undertakings. Sounds like your team didn't get much, tough but hardly surprising.
That wasnt an opinion, that came from the article;
"The weather was extremely good with comfortable temperatures and almost no precipitations."
You naysayers to our ambitious and talented British climbers, put your negations aside and simply pat them on the back and show them some support!
Well done : )
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