Arc’teryx launch Chile

In June 2017 Arc’teryx Chile, Arc’teryx International (Brandon Carlile) and the event company PISO 9 organised an incredible event to launch the Arc’teryx brand to the Chilean market. This took place at the Art gallery ‚Casa la Tercera‘ in Santiago Vitacura.  At two different spaces I was showing a large selection of photos from Patagonia. In ‚The Big Room‘  we did screen on 4 walls with 6 light ball projectors and at the outside space on a stage next to an open fire Asado place, climbing wall, Piscola bar and a DJ, we ran an other slideshow. This is 100% – the best brand event I have ever seen. (Photos below are the official event images by Pico 9 and Arc’teryx)

 

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Backline Magazine – Collectors Patagonia

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ENGLISH:

Information about the story „Collector’s Patagonia“, published in the current issue of “BACKLINE Backcountry Freeskiing Photo & Story Magazine: Patagonia is a place full of possibilities and a climber’s Mecca. For skiers, it made a transition in the last 15 years from an exotic destination to something more accessible. The ski areas in the north have grown and benefited from the freeride culture, low Peso, and people’s hunger for traveling with their skis. Some places have turned into touristic playgrounds, while others are still in a state of slumber. When looking into the options for a ski adventure, in an area larger than one million square kilometer, you will find a lot of different alternatives, which you won’t be able to do in a lifetime. From lift-served skiing, classic ski touring and alpinism-style skiing, to remote expeditions in the Patagonian Ice Cap.

 

DEUTSCH:

Weiterführende Informationen zu der Geschichte „Collector’s Patagonia“, die in der diesjährigen Ausgabe von „BACKLINE Backcountry Freeskiing Photo & Story Magazine“ publiziert wurde, hier zu präsentieren: Patagonien bietet unendliche Möglichkeiten und ist ein Mekka für Kletterer. Was das Skifahren angeht, so hat es sich in den letzten 15 Jahren von einem exotischen zu einem leichter erreichbaren Reiseziel entwickelt. Die Skigebiete im Norden sind gewachsen und profitieren vom Freeride- Trend, niedrigem Peso und dem Verlangen der Menschen nach Skiurlaub. Einige Orte sind mittlerweile echte Touristenzentren, andere noch wie im Dornröschenschlaf. Sucht man auf den mehr als eine Million Quadratkilometern nach Optionen für ein Skiabenteuer, findet man viele unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten, die niemand in seinem Leben unterbringen könnte. Das Angebot umfasst Pistenskifahren mit Liften, klassisches Skitourengehen, extremeres Skibergsteigen und Expeditionen auf dem weit entfernten Patagonischen Inlandeis.

 

LINK TO ONLINE BONUS IMAGES

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The 2016 special ski issue of Spanish climbing magazine is with my cover shot of Cornelia Zamernik skiing the serac line on Cerro Vespignani in the Rio de las Vueltas valley in Southern Patagonia

 

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Cordillera Sarmiento

English:

With a 36 hours weather window (23rd / 24th Oct) we managed to make an ascent of one of the unclimbed mushroom peaks in the Cordillera Sarmiento in the West Fjords of Patagonia / Chile. It was not possible to ski from the Mushroom but from approximately 100 verticals below. The summit altitude is 1626 Meter and we named it Cerro Tigreli – Great thanks to Arc’teryx, Lyo Food, Héctor Díaz  (West Patagonia boat company) and Dorthe Beldal for supporting the idea.  Stay tuned on our social channels for more photos and stories the next days.

 

 

Deutsch:

Mit einem 36 Stunden Schön Wetter Fenster (23/24 Oktober) war es uns möglich einen unbestiegenen Eis Gipfel in der Cordillera Sarmiento  im südwestlichen Chilenischen Patagonien zu besteigen. Es war nicht möglich den vereisten Gipfel mit den Ski zu befahren aber von ungefähr 100 Höhenmeter unterhalb des Gipfels. Die Gipfel Höhe beträgt 1626 Meter und trägt jetzt den Namen Cerro Tigreli – Vielen Dank an Arc’teryx, Lyo Food, Héctor Díaz  (West Patagonia boat company) and Dorthe Beldal für die Unterstützung.

 

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Cover story in the winter issue of Polish climbing magazine Gory. Story on Patagonia and St. Anton with a St. Anton cover shot of Timo Hermeler

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Skiing Mexico

 

We were focused on a ski adventure when waiting for good conditions in southern Patagonia and a maybe early season storm in Japans Tateyama region. Patagonia kept the bad weather coming and Japan remained dry. We finally ran out of time and were only left with one week before the season start in St. Anton and the opening of our guest house.

We had no idea what to do but then decided to go on a kind of a beach vacation.

 

Wednesday night: Booking last minute MUC to MEX

 

Day 1:

Thursday early morning 04.00 we left our home in St. Anton am Arlberg, driving to Munich Airport with the goal to catch a flight to Mexico.

Already the same night we arrived in the international airport of Mexico City. One of the largest cities in the world. The idea was to rent a 4×4 truck and head to the east via Route 150. Non of the car rentals in the airport got anything like that so we ended up with a Renault Dexter. The 2×4 with the highest ground clearance we could find in the airport.

It was not with the best feelings we left the airport. We did not know if the car would take us to were we planed to head at our way to the beach.

At 19:00 it was dark and we lined up our sleeping facilities in the trunk of the car at some gas station close to Puebla.

 

Day 2:

Friday noon we left Route 150 for a detour up a small mountain road to a beautiful old town located in the foot hills of Mexicos highest peak Citlaltépetl

wich by the people of New Spain was named Pico de Orizaba. Soon we felt the energy of the people from Coscomatepec who for centuries have been working with agriculture on the slopes of this 5636 meter high Volcano. The highest volcano of North America and also the 3rd highes peak on the continent. We met up with local former elite runner Fernando Alvarez and his friend Antonio who explained us that our car would not be able to take us up the dirt road to the old glacier moraine on the north face of the volcano.

In this part of the report it is properly time to mention that the idea of the detour on the way to the beach at the golf of Mexico, was to climb and ski the Citlaltépetl

Volcano. We slept on the information in a Kill Bill movie inspired hotel room.

 

Day 3:

With the hand drawn map made by Fernando we drove out of town and were surprised about the well maintained small farm houses we saw on the road going from village to village.

The driving was not a big deal we thought but in the moment we left Jacal, the last village the dirt road became more like a wide trail with big rocks, mud and sand.

Our previous experiences with sand and ash from volcanoes told us that a 4×4 truck would be badly needed.

What is coming now is not a Renault advertisement but a fact. The Renault Dexter served us to the max and went through the worst roads we ever driven including mountain roads in Sierra Nevada El Cucuy in Colombia and the Wakon Corridor in Afghanistan. We arrived at the large Piedra Grande shelter at around 4000 meter altitude where we parked the car. For sleeping we felt more comfortable in the car than in the shelter.

 

Day 4.

We left the car at 03:00 in the morning with the lightest pack possible. We believed the extra weight of skis and boots would slow us down but we did well and arrived at the upper part of the moraine after 1,5 hour. With our low shoes we were climbing and scrambling up a system of steep granite plates partly covered in ice before reaching the end of the glacier at first light. In the distance we could see a thin line of smoke blowing out of the crater of Popocatepetl (Second highest summit in Mexico).

A spectacular view which in the same day would change to a huge cloud of dust forced by a minor eruption.

We skinned the bottom of the glacier but felt we worked too hard for the altitude we gained and therefor changed to crampons already after 30 minutes. The altitude slowed us down. Not having time to acclimatize the days before we were forced to go slow and to drink a lot of water. We suffered from the cold and the wind. Because of the altitude and thick blood it felt extremely cold. Not the temperatures you would expect when going on a beach vacation in Mexico.

We arrived in the summit after 6,5 hour of climbing and soon clouds were closing in around the crater giving us not much time to rest. The wind was strong so the snow never got soft and the steep summit face became much more difficult to ski as expected. As we got lower we could go faster and it became an enjoyable ski descent.

From the end of the glacier we hiked down to the car and drove back to Coscomatepec where beer and great food was waiting.

 

Day 5:

The detour was over and we kept driving east through Mexicos fantastic Veracruz region and it coffee, banana and papaya plantations. The Renault took us straight on to a sandy beach where we had lunch and the minor signs of frost bite in the toes were treated in the salt water of the Mexican Golf. As it got dark we still found our self sitting in two plastic chairs on the beach, enjoying the sound of breaking waves.

 

Day 6:

Driving the 500 km back to the airport in Mexico City and returning a spotless Renault to the car rental company before flying home.

 

Day 7:

Landing in Munich airport and driving back to St. Anton just in time for our first winter guests.

 

 

One guy asked if we had time to enjoy a trip this way and the answer was yes. There can always be times in life where you have no space for big adventures. Where you have no time to sit out at base camp and wait for the conditions to be in your favor. We felt the motivation and could not let the idea vanish. We finally approached the journey step by step and managed to move straight from 1300 meter to 5636 without acclimatization using our experience to ski North Americas highest volcano. A summit which never would have been our first choice if more time would have been available.