The New Kid - An Expedition to AntarcticaFri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video follows the 'new kid' Savannah Cummins as she embarks on an expedition to Antarctica with the likes of Ana Pfaff, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold.

The team travel to near Ulvetanna in the Orvinfjell mountains of Queen Maud Land, an area with several possible objectives. Savannah is mentored by the seasoned alpinists and climbers on terrain that's unfamiliar to her. She spends the trip on stunning first ascents of her own and documenting the trip as a photographer.

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12 Dec, 2020

Sponsored hero fan porn! Nice scenery though.

13 Dec, 2020

I probably got off on the wrong foot with this- Americans unable to pronounce the name of the place they had travelled to - but I can't help thinking it would be worth trying to keep Antarctica as a truly pristine wilderness if we can.

13 Dec, 2020

Surprised by this on 2 counts. Firstly as Matt says this is basically a thinly veiled advert for North Face. They put out a similar thing, also to Antarctica, a couple of years ago as part of the Reel Rock tour. This was worse because you had to pay to see it.

Secondly and more importantly I'm surprised and disappointed to see people like Alex Honnold participating in trips like this which involve flying half way around the world just for some frivolous climbing and making an advert for North Face. Antarctica is disintegrating because of climate change and trips like that are exactly why that is happening.

I really hope UKC were paid by North Face to put this up otherwise it's even sadder.

The one thing I have got from this is a mental reminder not to buy North Face equipment in the future.

13 Dec, 2020

You could argue that all climbing is frivolous.

It looked to me like they were enjoying an amazing time doing some great climbing in an incredible place.

13 Dec, 2020

They were sponsored by TNF - but it's a film about "North Face athletes" doing an expedition, so hardly unexpected that they are all wearing TNF kit. The only mention of equipment is the one who holds up his or her (can't remember) shredded "pants", which shows that even top of the range kit has definite limitations if you go somewhere rough enough.

I was interested how warm it got at least at times - quite a few shots of people doing things without gloves on and maybe just wearing microfleece over a baselayer.

Did anyone see when the film was made? There were lots of pics a year or two ago from Honnold and Anker climbing there if I remember correctly, so I wasn't sure if this was a different more recent trip, or just a different perspective on that older trip.

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