Clint He­lander’s Epic Alaskan Im­ages

Alaskan Dark Horse’s Epic Im­ages

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Clint He­lander moved to Anchorage, Alaska, when he was 18 years old and quickly dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for the big moun­tains. Pho­tog­ra­phy al­ways in­ter­ested him, but it wasn’t un­til he be­gan climb­ing, ski­ing and hik­ing that he honed his pas­sion for ad­ven­ture pho­tog­ra­phy. Climb­ing has taken him to three con­ti­nents, and he’s made nu­mer­ous first as­cents in Alaska and be­yond.

His no­table trips in­clude 10 vis­its to Alaska’s Rev­e­la­tion Moun­tains. In Novem­ber 2017, he at­tempted his first Hi­malayan peak, Pan­bari (6,905 m). “Climb­ing half­way up a 2,750-me­tre un­climbed face be­fore turn­ing around due to rock­fall,” he told Chris van Leu­ven in a 2018 in­ter­view.

In April 2018, He­lander and Jess Roskel­ley es­tab­lished one of the long­est new alpine routes in the U.S., the South Ridge of Mount Hunt­ing­ton in the Alaska Range. The mas­sive route goes at Alaska grade VI with a dif­fi­culty of M6 A0 95° snow with se­vere ob­jec­tive dan­ger as it crosses through hang­ing ser­acs and big cor­nices. He­lander said that it’s “the most com­mit­ting thing I’ve done in Alaska.” One of the most com­mit­ting parts of the climbs in­cluded rap­ping into the gun­sight notch from the first peak. “We looked each other deep in the eyes and pulled the rope,” said He­lander. “We knew the only way off was by sum­mit­ing Hunt­ing­ton 6,000 feet away, as go­ing down would be too dan­ger­ous and re­vers­ing the route was out of the ques­tion.”

Over the past few years, He­lander has taken hun­dreds of frame-wor­thy photos from Alaska, Yosemite and many other fa­mous and non-fa­mous climb­ing ar­eas. Th­ese are a se­lec­tion that he’s cho­sen to share. Be in­spired and be sure to find more of He­lander’s work on­line.—Gripped

Be­low Jess Roskel­ley head­ing up Neme­sis WI6 in the Cana­dian Rock­ies

Left An­dres Marin on a split­ter Yosemite crack

Left It was in­spir­ing to watch Jor­dan Can­non work on the 5.13 “A5 Traverse” high on El Cap’s Golden Gate. I was re­ally in­spired by his tenac­ity, climb­ing skills and es­pe­cially his flex­i­bil­ity. The an­cient pitons, not so much.

Right The le­gends of Saint Elias storms are all true. Due to over 13 feet of snow­fall, Jess Roskel­ley and I never got to see David Lama climb. Dur­ing our 23 days on the glacier, we only left base­camp twice, for a to­tal of 36 hours. We were, how­ever, very im­pressed with his shov­el­ing skills. He’s good. Maybe one of the world’s best.

Be­low Leon Hiro Davis with Manaslu, the world’s eighth tallest moun­tain, ris­ing be­hind

Above Jess Roskel­ley on an end­less up-and-down traverse to the se­cond tower dur­ing the first as­cent of Mount Hunt­ing­ton’s south ridge, which we called Gaunt­let Ridge VI M6 A0 95° snow

Be­low Jess Roskel­ley and I al­ways rev­eled in the sooth­ing ef­fects of the sun af­ter es­cap­ing the clutch­ing grasp of cold shad­ows on Mount Hunt­ing­ton. Here, he rap­pels and tra­verses off the third tower on the fourth day of the climb.

Right Slove­nian Peter Ju­van on Tales of Power 5.12b in Yosemite

Above A sun­set like no other on El Cap in Yosemite. It al­ways pays to keep your eye to the sky around dusk. The hunt is al­ways on.

Right Peter Ju­van squeez­ing through a tight spot on Tales of Power 5.12b in Yosemite

Left Anna Pfaff pulling steep moves on an­other Yosemite split­ter

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