Sometimes, you just have to go for it. So when Jonny Copp and Steve Hsu called us from Calgary to report that they were gunning for a winter-conditions ascent of the dreadfully snow-caked North Face of Mount Alberta, we cobbled together a last-minute Sender Team to document the duo’s hairy mixed climb. (We are currently working on a piece with Jonny for our upcoming release, THE SHARP END).
Alas, Canadian weather laid waste to the hopes of any good shooting or summit bids. After a full day of climbing fractured limestone corners with thin protection and dodging spindrift avalanches, Jonny and Steve cut a bivy ledge into a snow arete two-thirds of the way up the face, hoping for a break in the storm. When the storm persisted into morning, they descended.
But the sudden spring storms left an opening for a little fun in the snow for new Sender team member Wade Johnson, and aerial cinematographer John Mans. Stranded in the base camp hut, Wade, Jonny and Steve were left with little option to sit around the well-furnished hut, listen to the serenade of collapsing seracs on the peaks around them, and carve turns in the chest deep sugar snow. Poor guys.