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Mount n3ws.info - A feature length documentary, telling the true and authentic story of the longest ski descent ever. I was able to watch the Mt. St. Elias Dancers in action. WoW! What an energetic group. I believe they are the best I've seen. The whole group. Movie review, Mount St Elias skiing flick is interesting to watch, but full of hype and inaccurate. Read the AAJ article if you want for dates etc. I've been remiss about updating my online chronology of ski mountaineering history and keeping.
Update, Sept 10, Elias skier Axel Naglich just sent me a nice email. Following is what Naglich wrote, slightly edited to convert from private email: Ho Lou, Sorry for creating a mess in Mt. Elias climbing and skiing history.
We knew that this group did it in the year and we knew about Mira Face which has been skied by Mr. As we also operated with Paul Claus and also were in contact with him for a couple of years we had heard about all the stories of ski attempts on the mountain!!
Sorry that the footage on several webpages is a little confusing as we just planned to claim the first descent from summit to ocean and not the first descent of the mountain in general!!!
As we know the mountain a little better now I just can say congratulations to the guys who did the first ski descent of the summit. I would never want to take this accomplishment away from them. Well, apologies to all for my getting caught in the spray of rosy B. Lorne Glick got in touch with me and jogged my memory. Elias back inalong with a second ascent of the Mira Face route somewhat the source for the name Andrew and Polly McLean picked for their new child.
Doug Byerly was along on the trip as well, but turned back before the ski descent because of concerns about potential frostbite. A little less hype and plenty of action — Lorne on the Mira Face in Elias, also the longest in history. Read the AAJ article if you want for dates etc. This was our only assistance. The only ropework was skiing roped together thru the maze of huge cracks and seracfall gauntlet below the north face; of dubious value since speed really is of the essence through there.
OK rating…I lean toward giving it the old Canadian Rockies style 5. How steep is the Mira Face? Hard to say exactly. Off the top at 17, feet to fall would be the end no doubt. Most of the face was blessed with a few inches of dragonskin rippled powder over ice.
Exactly what you want for this type of thing as you know. The exposure and position were staggering. James got some good ones. Good shot in the arm for me — time to get back to work on the history side of things! Original post of September 2,slightly edited for hype control grin: It took a few days for this news to filter in to WildSnow HQ, but here it is for those who have not heard it already: The expedition on St.
Elias, photo courtesy Red Bull. On August 11 Axel Naglich of Kitzbuhel Austria made what is claimed wrongly, it turns out, see above to be the first ski descent of monstrous Mount St. Elias and ski from the summit right down to the sea, setting a world record for a vertical ski descent.
For many climbers, reaching the summit is the paramount goal, the reason they climb in the first place. But Griber decided that pushing ahead — he estimated it would take him 20 minutes to reach the top — could sap the strength he would need for the rigorous snowboard descent, so he decided to go down. He had let two of his teammates, Aaron Martin, 32, and Reid Sanders, 30, go ahead to the summit. The fourth member of the team, photographer Greg Von Doersten, 38, had stayed below after losing a crucial piece of equipment and suffering frostbite.
Griber strapped on his snowboard and began the descent, using two ice axes to help him slowly sideslip down the icy, crevasse-ridden, degree slope.
After half an hour, he looked up and saw Martin and Sanders about above him on their way down. The wind was blowing so he could not hear their words, but he could tell from their waving and hooting that they had made the summit. Then, after another 15 minutes, Griber felt some ice and snow fall on him from the slope above.
He looked around and — to his horror — saw something flash by in the periphery of his vision. It was Martin, sliding uncontrollably fast down the slope on his side and without his skis. He did not cry out, and as he flashed by — just 40 feet away — all Griber remembers hearing was the sound of Gore-tex fabric sliding across the ice.
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He began to understand the situation facing him. He was alone at nearly 18, feet, and the temperature was -5 degrees Fahrenheit and falling with the fading sun. Much of the equipment he would need to get off the mountain alive — including the team's satellite phone — had disappeared in the backpacks of his two teammates.
A Bad First Day The foursome had been planning the trip for months, and when they arrived on the mountain three days earlier — dropped off by a small plane on a ridge at 10, feet — the conditions were perfect: Although another team had skied from the summit of Mount St.
Elias inthey had not gone all the way to the ocean.
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The run to the sea, with its 18,foot vertical descent, would qualify Griber and his teammates for the world record for an uninterrupted vertical ski descent. Griber planned to make the run on a snowboard; the others on skis. The expedition ran into problems on the first day, April 5, when Von Doersten, 38, lost a crampon on a steep, 3,foot ice face.
With one foot virtually useless, he was unable to climb, and his teammates had to haul him up the face, tiny step by tiny step.
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In the hour it took them to get him up the face, his hands had developed signs of frostbite. The four climbers decided to spend the night at 14, feet, and built an igloo to protect them from the cold and wind.Mount St. Elias - Official Trailer - Red bull Media House [HD]
The next morning Griber, Martin and Sanders decided to go on, leaving Von Doersten to wait until their return two days later. The next two days of climbing went smoothly and the three climbers reached 16, feet — close enough for a summit attempt the next morning.
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Alone at 18, Feet Nobody will ever know what happened to Martin and Sanders the next day, April 8, as they began their descent from the summit. They were alone when they fell, and their bodies were later located in crevasses high up on the mountain. Griber was stunned by their disappearance. He began thinking how he would break the news to the men's families, then realized he couldn't bear the thought of his own wife Becca, at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
He decided he had to survive. He unhooked his snowboard and let it slide down the mountain.