Category: Alpine Climbing + Mountaineering

When you’ve pushed the limits of human powered adventure as far as you can go on the horizontal plane, it’s time to start looking up. Going vertical—alpine climbing or mountaineering—is the logical next step for people looking to get higher. The pros know; as the routes get harder, the crowds get thinner and the views get better.

Here, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s ambassador team offers quick, easy breakdowns of their personal training regiments for alpine climbing and mountaineering fitness, intros to crucial equipment and techniques, and stoke-inducing trip reports from around the world. If you’re a grizzled alpinist hauling on a hand-rolled cigarette or a fresh-faced new initiate, we hope you’ll find some useful information to help get you up critical pitches.

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Scenic Overlook Ahead – Seth Timpano's Views

A climber for nearly 20 years, Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Seth Timpano has seen the world from some incredibly uncommon vantage points.

As a guide for Alpine Ascents International, he’s helped quite a few fellow climbers rack up some unbelievable sights of their own. We asked him where the drive upwards comes from, why he believes going ultralight is a great way forward, and what’s on his horizon.

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2018 KYLE DEMPSTER SOLO ADVENTURE AWARD OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Salt Lake City, UT (January 15, 2018) – The family and close friends of the late Kyle Dempster, with the support of Outdoor Research, Higher Ground Coffee, Black Diamond, CiloGear, Keen Footwear, PROBAR, La Sportiva, Liberty Mountain, Hyperlite Mountain Gear and Duct Tape Then Beer, are excited and proud to announce the first annual Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award.

One of America’s great young alpinists best known for first ascents of big remote peaks around the globe, Kyle Dempster was a passionate climber, adventurer and friend who fully lived his 33 years before he and his climbing partner Scott Adamson disappeared while attempting to climb the North Face of the Ogre II in Pakistan, in August of 2016.

Though Kyle loved climbing, traveling and going on adventures with friends, many of his most memorable and creative trips were done alone, traversing wild corners of the world by himself and under his own power. From kiteskiing hundreds of miles across Baffin Island, to his biking and climbing trip across Kygryzstan that was made famous in the short film The Road from Karakol, Kyle found a deep sense of meaning and joy in exploring the world on his own.

Each year, the Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award will be given to an American solo adventurer embarking on a journey that embodies Kyle’s passionate spirit and love of exploration, with an emphasis on storytelling and leave no trace ethics. The recipients are by no means limited to climbers, and the trips awarded by no means must involve the big mountains Kyle loved—on the contrary, we encourage applications for human-powered solo adventures of all kinds—big or small, remote or urban, cold and icy or hot and sunny.

Applications will be accepted from January 15 – March 15, 2018 for trips taking place between April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.

Download the application here and for more information please visit www.KDSoloAward.com.

Applications must be submitted via email to KDsoloaward@gmail.com, subject line [Solo Adventure Award Application]. 

The winner will be announced on March 27, Kyle’s birthday.

Contact: Andy Anderson | 708-703-7445 | KDsoloaward@gmail.com

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The Real Meaning of Success (It’s all about having fun)

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador and well-known ice and alpine climber Angela VanWiemeersch recently visited the Hayes Range, Alaska, in order to put up a couple new lines. (i.e. alpine climbing routes). During a trip to the area in 2014, she spied the two formations. “I was blown away by their beauty and steepness—blue ice drooling […]

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Multisport Adventure DIY (Tip #1: handmake & then burn your skis)

3 Explorers Embark on a DIY Multisport Adventure to Alaska’s Mountains using Packrafts, Skis & Their Feet. Not everyone can handle spending three weeks camped out on an Alaskan Glacier putting up first ascents of rock, ice and snow routes on unclimbed spires and peaks. Even fewer can then handle skiing out on handmade skis with […]

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What It Takes To Be A Pioneer: A New Route on Fitz Roy

Learn how Ambassador Quinn Brett and partners put up a 1st ascent in Patagonia It’s day three of our adventure, and we’re close to finishing a new rock climbing route straight up the 550m headwall in between two existing routes on the South Face of Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia. The sun shines, as Quinn Brett and […]

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Spanish Explorer Ceci Buil Becomes Ambassador, Presents in Portland Feb 2

Ceci Buil Slide & Video Presentation on Ice & Big Wall Climbing @ the Salt Pump Climbing Gym, Scarborough, Maine, Tuesday, Feb. 2 Hyperlite Mountain Gear recently invited well-known Spanish explorer Cecilia Buil to join its ambassador team. A world-renowned big wall and ice climber, Buil has put up first ascents (sometimes by herself!) of walls in Pakistan, Mexico and Greenland […]

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Quinn Brett: First Ascents in the Rockies + Expedition to the Garwhal

With an unquenchable thirst for adventure, it is no surprise that Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Quinn Brett is now embarking on yet another expedition to the Garhwal Himalayan region in Northern India, thanks to GORE-TEX®’s Shipton-Tilman Grant. She will be meeting up with partners Crystal Davis-Robbins and Whitney Clark to explore the Obra Valley and/or […]

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Kurt Ross: The French Route, Mount Hunter

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Kurt Ross recently returned from a mega-successful climbing adventure to the Kahiltna Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. Please see Part I to read an overview of the five routes he climbed. Below is his personal report of climbing The French Route on Mount Hunter. I rappelled to the end of our […]

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Killing it on the Kahiltna Glacier: Kurt Ross’ Climbing Report

This past May Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Kurt Ross climbed the Southwest Ridge of Mount Francis, the West Face of Kahiltna Queen, an unreported route on the South Face of Peak 12,200, Bacon & Eggs on the Micro-Moonflower, and the French Route on Mount Hunter with various partners. Accustomed to climbing steep technical terrain, Ross […]

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Seth Timpano & The Cotter-Bebie Route

By Seth Timpano, Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador The weather in most of the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Intermountain Regions had been atypical this past winter and late spring. For many skiers and ice climbers the warm temperatures made for less than ideal conditions most of the season, but for some of us this abnormal […]

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