Mountain Equipment High Mountain Session
Join host Stephen Venables with Tom Livingstone, Chantel Astorga, Nick Bullock and Rick Allen for an insight into the world of climbing on the world’s highest mountains.
We’re drawn to the world’s highest places. For the purity; the clarity of the challenges against cold, rock and ice. For the cultures; people and places that have remained unchanged for centuries. And for the experience; a level of commitment, intensity and comradeship that surpasses anything you’ll find elsewhere.
Hosted by Stephen Venables, alpinist and co-author of the acclaimed book ‘Himalaya – Alpine Style’ and featuring Tom Livingstone, Chantel Astorga, Rick Allen and Nick Bullock, the High Mountain Session will bring together stories and insights from a year of alpine-style climbing in the Greater Ranges.
Tom Livingstone is a 27-year-old British climber and writer who has a penchant for trad, winter and alpine climbing - the bigger and harder, the better. Some of his favourite routes include Cracking Up (IX,9), The Fourth Dimension (E7 6c), Fun or Fear (ED3), Rare Lichen (E9 6c), The Secret (IX, 9), Divine Providence (ED3), and a winter ascent of the Walker Spur (ED3). However the biggest news came this August when, with Aleš Česen and Luka Stražar, he successfully climbed Latok I in the Karakorum, Pakistan. They climbed three-quarters of the coveted North Ridge, before taking a line on the face in the upper section. The North Ridge of Latok is recognised as one of the last major lines in high-altitude mountaineering, and it was also the second ever successful ascent of Latok I.
Chantel Astorga, from Lowman, Idaho, has a climbing CV that's getting more impressive by the day. One of the best female alpinists in the world, Chantel has a list of ascents from Alaska to the Himalaya and Yosemite that stand out not just for their difficulty, but also for their style and levels of commitment. In 2015 she and Jewell Lund became the first all-female team to successfully climb the legendary Denali Diamond, which itself was only the 7th time this had been repeated. Last year Chantel established a new route on the South-West Face of Mount Nilkantha in the Garwhal. Slightly closer to home, Chantel made the first female link up of El Cap and Half Dome and is a former holder of the women’s speed record on the Nose. She’s climbed El Cap alone 19 times in all, including the first female solo of Mescalito. And in June this year, Chantel made the first female ascent of the Slovak Route on Denali with Anne Gilbert Chase.
Tom is a 27-year-old British climber and writer who has a penchant for trad, winter and alpine climbing - the bigger and harder, the better.
One of the best female alpinists in the world, Chantel has a list of ascents from Alaska to the Himalaya and Yosemite that stand out not just for their difficulty, but also for their style and levels of commitment.
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