Eli Helmuth, owner and head guide of ClimbingLife Guides and an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide demonstrates rock and ice climbing systems and techniques in these videos that are dedicated to increasing all climbers' risk management abilities.
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A sample of some of our favorite climbing experiences from around the world.
The Peruvian Andes are the Alps of South America and Huaraz its Chamonix. From here, the possiblities are endless, from virgin field of erratic boulders, to alpine big walls along with some of the most jagged and pyramidal high mountains of the world. A trip here is not to be missed, and once you've been, you'll have to return again and again.
Ecuador contains some of the most spectacular and highest volcanoes in the world. The three largest: Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo all present climbing challenges at a moderate technical difficulty. Moving glaciers can change the climbing route's constantly. The food, accomodations, and rich Andean culture here are very enjoyable and the volcano climbing is spectacular.
Mallorca, Spain is the small island, part of the Balearic Islands which sit off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Our short visit here in January of 2009 was a scouting trip for further and longer adventures in this mind-blowing limestone island landscape.
Sheffield is the climbing capital of this small country due to its proximity to the highest concentration of gritstone and limestone cliffs in England. The style of climbing is completely different between these two mediums and makes for a great contrast. The countryside outside the city is forever green as can be the cliffs during the wet months, which could include all the months of the year.
Climbing and ski mountaineering are very popular sports in France and sport-climbing was practically invented here along with the art of bouldering and the pursuit of ski mountaineering. Chamonix and La Grave are two of the better known French mountain towns along with the gorges of the Verdon, the soaring cliffs of Ceuse and the jagged island of Corsica- France is a climber and skier's dream come true.
Thailand has one of the most inviting cultures plus tasty cuisine. Combine these with some of the best rock climbing in the world and put a gorgeous beach with warm waters on all sides- what could be more perfect?
Mexico is a great place for the climber and traveler to sample high altitude on the volcanoes of the central highlands and rock climbing in Portrero Chico near Monterrey is world-class.
Snow, Ice, and Avalanche Conditions Reports for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado described by IFMGA Guide Eli Helmuth; an AIARE L1 and L2 Instructor, Avalanche Forecaster, AMGA Guide Trainer and Estes Park resident since 1999.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the premier ice and mixed climbing venues in North America with splitter granite faces, ice from Oct-July, and numerous summits above 12,000' including the East Face of Longs Peak (14,256').
The history of climbing in these mountains is one of the longest in North America with technical ice and mixed routes in all seasons at all ranges of difficulty and commitment.
Route development and exploration of the many nooks and crannies of this climber friendly terrain continues at a solid pace into this millenia and hopefully will forever as Rocky Mountain National Park provides true adventure, solitude, and unspoiled nature for those who seek it out.
Wild Basin is the southern most entrance into RMNP and Hidden the most visited ice in the park.
Otis hides some steep terrain on its flanks and this route is high above the canyon on the south face.
The Tyndall is a dramatic glacier carved valley that contains this ephemeral testpiece.
Meeker at 13,911' is the southern guardian of the Longs Cirque and its north face contains this moderate classic.
Mt. Lady is but a bump compared to nearby Longs yet its south face contains this Patagonia-like cleft.
Sundance is the biggest gem of granite at Lumpy Ridge and at over 800' tall, home to many multi-pitch classics, including the Kor's Flake, Mainliner, and Nose routes up this steep, south-facing cliff which sits at the far western end of the Ridge.
The Twin Owls are closed for much of each year due to Peregrine nesting, often through the middle of July. It is the steepest formation at Lumpy Ridge with a range of classic routes from 5.5 to 5.13 in difficulty and it possesses a summit of unparalleled views.
The Bookmark, although smaller than it's nearby neighbor the Book, is a high-quality crag with routes up to 4 pitcnes in length. It has a scenic summit and more complicated descents than other Lumpy Ridge formations.
The Book contains a variety of high quality face and crack climbing routes from 1 to 5 pitches in length and has the highest concentration of routes at Lumpy Ridge.
Rocky Mountain National Park has been a testing ground for alpinism and exploration since the late 19th Century and these steep sided peaks hold the majority of technical mountain climbing in Colorado.
Composed of an equal share of solid granite or featured gneiss, this high quality rock, ice and snow are made more challenging with high altitudes that combine to create a world-class climbing venue and training ground.
Summer in these mountains often produces violent thunderstorms which require early starts and an ability to descend quickly to avoid their wrath. Winter can be cold and windy enough to make the extreme environment of Patagonia look relatively benign and even Everest can be warm compared to these peaks in a winter storm.
Dominated by the shear Diamond, this multi-faceted peak is composed of the highest quality granite.
One of the most classic rock spires in North America and at a moderate grade to reach this airy summit.
One of the highest and most soaring spires of the high country and RMNP's most inaccessible peak.
The hidden north face contains excellent terrain for steep couloirs and mixed routes with a summit walk-off.
The North Butt is the nearest alpine wall to the road and this perfect gneiss is very climbable at all grades.
An accessible big spire with a spectrum of routes to access this striking summit with no easy descent.
At 13,947' this very triangular peak stands out with its slabby north face that stares down this cold valley.
The east face of this spiked monolith is littered with climbable cracks to a scramble-off summit.
The east and south faces of this challenging peak hold classic snow, ice, and rock routes to a walk-off summit.
Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park is some of the most accessible and dramatic in the lower 48.
The season typically lasts from November to July with approaches of 20 minutes to 4 hours for a range of objectives from mellow to extreme.
With backcountry skiing starting at altitudes of 9,500' and as high as the summit of Longs Peak at 14,255', the best skiing along the east side of the Continental Divide is easily accessed in just 20 minutes from the hamlet of Estes Park.
The Alaskan Mountain Ranges are some of the crown jewels of North American ski mountaineering.
From the helicopter laden Valdez area to the interior of the Matanuska Glacier and the steep ski resort of Alyeska near Anchorage; the Chugach and Alaska Ranges are easily accessible from anywhere in the U.S., Canada, or Asia.
Eli Helmuth has been skiing and climbing in AK annually since 1994 and he offers regular pilgrimages to the sweetest powder lines and top climbing that AK has to offer.