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21
2009
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18
2009
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Rio

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Photo: Tim Kemple
kemplemedia.com

Rio de Janeiro is the most crazy beautiful metropolis we have ever seen. Danger and fun lurk around every corner. Just driving around is fully sharp end. The favelas are huge and teeming, the beaches are covered in bare flesh and the big cliffs thrust right out of the coastline and through the city. The rock is incredible, the temps are brutal. Luckily, we are getting the royal treatment over at our crashpad — the luxurious HQ of surf label Bintang. Diogo Barboza and the Bintang crew, together with locals Hugo Langel and Lucas “Jah” Marques, are full-time fixers, shooting second camera, climbing for the camera, and caravaning us to every new location. If it wasn’t for them we’d probably be dead by now.

Things are much too crazy for us to blog here. So once again we refer you to Renan and Cedar’s Vertical Carnival Dispatches, where those guys continue to kill it on the video blog.

Written by Nick in: General |
Mar
01
2009
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Our last week in Patagonia

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Photo: Tim Kemple

When we last blogged, our team was rousted from a two-week storm fester by a prediction of good weather – always an elusive concept down here. Our last week in Argentina, vague reports of “mini-windows” lured us across the glacier and into the rime-slathered mountains with tenuous hopes of a last ditch effort to climb – and film – in Patagonia.

As predicted, the windows were short, and when they closed, they slammed. We battled through howling, sleepless nights and drenching rappels in a manic effort to exploit this one last chance. The clock was ticking. There were moments when we wondered if it would be a total shut down.

But then the weather and the climbers pulled through. As the clouds held back and the sun shone bright over two days, Cedar and Renan sent a killer first ascent on Mochito. Then Stanley wingsuited from the summit of El Mocho, one of the few BASE jumps anyone has done in the range. As the chute opened, Roberta’s ashes were released into the mountains. The thermals almost blew Stanley back to Chalten, but the Andean condors guided him to safety. He stuck it. We stuck it. Tim Kemple (kemplemedia.com) killed it with the pics. Check out a few in the slideshow below. And don’t miss Renan and Cedar’s video blog, Vertical Carnival. Off to Brazil!

Tim Kemple slide show:

Written by Nick in: General |

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