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Honnold and Pearson New Routing in Chad Video

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In this video feature from The North Face we see Alex Honnold, James Pearson, Renan Ozturk and Mark Synott new routing and adventure climbing in the desert of Chad, Africa.

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Chad expedition - desert new routes
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Pearson described his trip:

"To cut a long and sandy story short, the trip was one I will remember for a long long time – simply incredible.  After a day in the air, and 3.5 days driving through the sand, we got our first glimpse of an alien world, the most isolated from civilisation I have ever felt.  An un-climbed land!  It was hard to believe, but according to our guide (a climber himself, and one of only a few people guiding in this area, with 40 years desert experience) we were the first group of climbers to visit this place!  There were spindly arches and towers in every direction, a virgin playground of your life's best FA's just waiting to be explored – the pictures hadn't lied.

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Chad expedition - desert new routes
© The North Face

In the 10 days we spent living in the area we climbed many routes, ranging from easy scrambles up sandy choss, to proud lines of patina topping out perfect towers.  The crew from Camp 4 Collective were by our side the whole time capturing every ascent in glorious, jaw dropping beauty – the video and stills are some of the best I have ever seen.

The situation in Chad was thankfully a lot safer than I had feared, and apart from a few "minor incidents" our time in the country passed with minimal threat of mortal danger.  The nomadic people of the Desert were some of the hardiest people I have ever encountered.  To my ignorant eyes, this barren expanse offered nothing one could survive upon, yet these people somehow forge an existence out there, and seem to do so in relative comfort.  They were usually very friendly and on a few occasions our camp was visited by wandering locals, bearing a gift of warm Camel milk - actually pretty good! What a place..."

VIDEO: Chad - Desert New Routes

 



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27 Apr, 2011
Wow, bloody WOW! Chris
27 Apr, 2011
Cool video.
27 Apr, 2011
absolutely gobsmacking awesome!
27 Apr, 2011
Inspirational!
28 Apr, 2011
Exquisite!
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