With one of their party having already turned back, the three-man team of Mark Smiley, Jed Porter and Reiner Thoni push on in their attempt to make the second ascent of the 'Hummingbird Traverse' on Canada's Mount Logan. After a grueling day of ice climbing on steady terrain, the team encounter the crux of the route; the shovel traverse. So-called because the first ascensionists literally dug their way through the cornices that cap the ridge, the traverse offers both danger and technical climbing. Despite making solid progress, the team soon realise that to continue any further would be to knowingly flirt with disaster. In the tradition of prudent alpinism, they bow to the elements, admit defeat, and return to more solid ground. A failed attempt perhaps, but there's a good reason why this route still awaits its second ascent. Only time will tell if our team will return to claim it.
Pushing The Limits On North America's Deadliest Ridge | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Ep. 5
This is the fascinating journey of one couple aiming to climb all of the routes made famous by the iconic book, Fifty Classic Climbs of North America by Steve Roper and Allen Steck. In this series American mountain guides Janelle and Mark Smiley close in on their goal - follow their adventure as they bid to achieve something truly extraordinary.
All episodes from North America's Fifty Classic Climbs
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