ready for the real thing?
the first coffee on the day after a hard attempt. of course we could have used a picture of a climber high on an alpine route, dangling above sparse protection in cool new gear; but real expeditions are about more than that. the buzz of being on something unnamed, unseen and unclimbed goes way beyond just the sharp end climbing
EXPEDITION SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015
it’s happening. the team, schedules and logistics are in place for a first ascent trip to the northeastern tibetan plateau. the distillation of several years information places us well for attempts in this untouched region, with potential for alpine, big wall and traverse routes.
whilst the rest of tibet locks down ever-tighter and the Nepal quake has damaged access around the himalayas, the northeastern region remains relatively safe due to it’s strictly controlled access – something iceclimbingjapan has unprecedented access to. whether this is your first big trip to real altitude or you’ve circled thru the commercial mountaineering scene, genuine expeditions like these are at the vanguard of world climbing. this is an independant expedition, not a guided trip, similar to the ’base camp logistics only’ trips run elsewhere and perfect for climbers with their own ideas.
and of course we are running our japan summer wall and alpine trips, several in preparation for sichuan-tibet. these are where the fun begins, and dollar-for-dollar are the best money spent if you’re going on to bigger things.
life is short. demand is high. some opportunities won’t come again.
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