REEL ROCK 13

Climbing - - ONSIGHT -

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.

JIMMY CHIN

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