REEL ROCK 13
Queen Maud Land
Over 17 days in December 2017, Alex Honnold, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cummins, Anna Pfaff ( pictured), Conrad Anker, and Cedar Wright visited Antarctica, exploring the granite of the Drygalski Mountains in Queen Maud Land. Chin and Anker bigwalled on Ulvetanna, the highest peak in the Wolf’s Jaw Range. Honnold and Wright went on a simul-climbing and soloing blitz, summitting 13 lines, including the first ascent of the Dark Tower, a 5.10d X on the East Pillar of Stetind with a final pitch of loose face climbing that Honnold called “one of the scariest things I’ve led.” And Cummins and Pfaff climbed Holtanna (8,694 feet) and other mountains in the austere landscape. All told, the team summitted 15 routes via 12 new lines, exploring the barren walls and summits poking through the ancient ice.