Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

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Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by Turtleggjp » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:12 am

I had some extra room in my Vimeo quota this week after uploading my Sierra Challenge video, so I snuck this one in as well.

https://vimeo.com/234528934

In the future, I hope to be able to post these more quickly so they can be more useful for those looking for current conditions.

Enjoy!

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Re: Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by Vaca Russ » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:27 am

Matt,

WOW! Another peak I really want to climb! I have not been able to watch the entire video. I can't wait to see it in its entirety.

Thanks for posting this video!

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Post by Turtleggjp » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:01 am

Thanks Russ,

I also did Humphreys the day before (that's why the video starts off with me calling it "day 2"), and I'll be posting that video as well once I'm done with the Sierra Challenge videos in 2 more weeks.

It's funny how Iris comments while climbing the summit block how I "seem to be very occupied with filming." I figured I was capturing some valuable information for people like you who haven't climbed it yet, and are wondering what to expect. I'll be sure to let her know just how helpful you guys are finding my videos to be. Unfortunately, I was alone on Humphreys the day before, so the footage won't be as helpful, but should still be pretty good.

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Re: Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by Vaca Russ » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:11 pm

Turtleggjp wrote:It's funny how Iris comments while climbing the summit block how I "seem to be very occupied with filming." I figured I was capturing some valuable information for people like you who haven't climbed it yet, and are wondering what to expect. I'll be sure to let her know just how helpful you guys are finding my videos to be.
Yes, I noticed that she made that comment. It is quite understandable when you think about how absolutely isolated you are at the time. But, this information is VERY Valuable. I am watching the video over and over.

It is very helpful that you shot video with Iris in the shot. This helps SOOO much on gaining size perspective relative to a person. I also really like the shots where you are filming Iris and then you pan out and we get to see all of the surrounding rocks in the route. Having a person in the shot REALLY helps understand the magnitude of the climb.

Great Job! Keep up the good work!

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Re: Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by Turtleggjp » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:25 pm

I've often said that you can measure how much fun I'm having on a hike by how much video I'm shooting. At that point when she was climbing the summit block, I had already been up and down it, so my confidence was pretty high, and my worry about being so "isolated" was pretty low. When Bob Burd climbed Darwin during the first Sierra Challenge in 2001, his camera battery died before he could take any photos of the summit, so I wanted to try and document as much of it as I could. Not only for the benefit of climbers like you, but it's also fun to be able to show my non-climber family members what it's like out there too.

Glad if you are able to find the videos so helpful! I'll keep posting them as I am able to (and I'll keep shooting too!).

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Post by tie » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:38 pm

Great video, loved the approach info, seeing the summit block, and the long zoom to Goddard. I did NOT love the singing. Row, row, row your boat. ;)

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Post by Teresa Gergen » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:08 am

I definitely appreciated your video. I failed on Darwin from Evolution Lake this summer, about a month before your trip, largely because I was carrying too much snow plus rock gear to cover all possible situations I might find -- because there wasn't enough visual data out there to make good gear decisions. When I reached the ridge, I was afraid I'd reached it too far west, since some of the moves were difficult for me, but I think it was largely because my pack was too big and awkward with all the gear. Your video was enough to let me know what I can leave behind next time. Thanks.

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Re: Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by Turtleggjp » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:55 pm

tie wrote:I did NOT love the singing. Row, row, row your boat. ;)
Yeah, singing is not my specialty. Iris does a much better job of that.

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Re: Video TR: Mount Darwin - 8-26-17 (West Ridge Route)

Post by jackofall » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:26 am

Did you two use any ropes, harnesses, or any other climbing gear besides helmets, axes, crampons? Also the West ridge approach, you came up from Darwin glacier? Correct. I'll be doing this next week and could use any info you can give me. Thanks. Video is awesome.

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