Showing posts with label Colin Haley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colin Haley. Show all posts

Reminder: Vote For Nat Geo's People's Choice Adventurer of the Year

Just a quick reminder that time is running out to cast your ballot for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2017. As we told you a few weeks back, this year's class is filled with some very worthy recipients of the title, but one will still be crowned "People's Choice Adventurer of the Year," and you get to help decide who that person is. The only catch? You'll have to cast your vote before the end of the week.

Some of the honorees this year include mountaineer Colin Haley, who put up some of the most amazing climbs in Patagonia and elswhere; Polish cave diver Krzysztof Starnawski, who discovered the deepest cave in the world; and paraglider Antoine Girard, who flew his glider from the top of Broad Peak back in July. The rest of the list is equally interesting and deserving of recognition as well, and each is eligible to win the "People's Choice" category too.

To cast your vote, simply click here, scroll down the page, and select the person you want to vote for. Yo can vote once per day, so if you think more than one person deserves the honor, be sure to come back all week and vote again. The online poll will be open through Friday, December 16, after which it will be closed down for another year. The ultimate winner will be announced in January.

Good luck to all of the members of the 2016 class. It's tough choosing which one is most deserving of this honor.

Video: Why Height Doesn't Matter in Mountaineering

This video is a few years old, but it is still an interesting one nonetheless. It comes our way courtesy of National Geographic, and features climber Colin Haley who talks about why the top mountaineers are more interested in climbing hard peaks rather than high ones. Case in point, on Everest several hundred people summit each year, which means it isn't all that difficult, even though it is the tallest mountain on the planet. Climbers like Haley prefer to go to places where almost no one ever summits, and they like to do so in fast and light, alpines style. The video features some great shots of these alpinists going to work on spectacular mountains all over the world. It may be a little dated, but the images are still fantastic.

Alex Honnold and Colin Haley Set New Speed Record on the Torre Traverse in Patagonia

It has been a good couple of weeks in Patagonia for Colin Haley. Not only did he set a speed record on Fitz Roy, completing a round-trip ascent of that mountain with Andy Wyatt in just 21 hours and 8 minutes, he also put up the first solo ascent of Torre Egger as well. That would be enough accomplishments for anyone's career climbing resume,  let alone just one month. But he wasn't finished just yet, as Haley was later joined by his friend Alex Honnold to set yet another speed record, this time finishing the Torre Traverse in an incredible 20 hours and 40 minutes.

What's the Torre Traverse you ask? Only one of the toughest challenges in all of climbing. In this case, it involved a north-to-south traverse of Patagonia’s Cerro Standhardt, Punta Herron, Torre Egger, and Cerro Torre in a single push. Those peaks are pretty much a collection of the toughest and most well known rock climbing walls in the region, with each being a considerable challenge on its own. Linking them up adds a new dimension to that challenge. So much so that it has only been done once before. That was back in 2008 when Haley made the same climb with Rolando Garibotti, spending three days on the attempt.

The Traverse has been a project in the works in Patagonia for decades, with some of the top climbers first envisioning it way back in the 1980's. At that point, one of the peaks – Punta Herron – hadn't even been climbed as of yet. Over the years there were a number of attempts to put all the routes together that were necessary to make the traverse, but it took until 2008 for it to all come together. It hadn't been repeated since, until Monday, when Haley and Honnold did it, and in a very impressive time.

According to National Geographic, the two climbers went camp-to-camp in 32 hours, with heir record time representing their actual time climbing. Considering the challenges that the Traverse presents, and the skill sets and climbing knowledge that Alex and Colin bring to the table, it seems likely that this record will stand for awhile.

Find out more details of the climb in Nat Geo's article here.