Friday, 21 June, 2019: The Summer Solstice
Seamus was putting his newly purchased 2004 Chevrolet Tracker to the test. Several large cobblestones on the narrow "road" to Amon Rûdh had us praising the one-inch steel skid plate protecting the SUV's viscera. After crossing two narrow creeks and teetering along a steep washout, we arrived for a trailhead bivvy just before midnight. The storied walls of the Eldred Valley surrounded us but were shrouded in darkness. My (Nick's) imagination flickered with visions of granite monoliths as I drifted off to sleep. Our alarm would sound at 5:00 AM, heralding dawn and the start of our ascent of On the Virg—an obscure route that sees few attempts.
July 8th, 2019: Chris gained the exposed ledge marking the top of Pitch 1 of the North Ridge of Vågakallen. It was his first time climbing outdoors. I (Erik) grinned at him, but as he strode towards me I noticed something wasn't right. “You better fucking smarten up,” he said, pointing an accusatory finger at me. “I don’t know what I’m doing. That Norwegian couple down there told me I was belaying wrong,” he said, pointing down to where the climb began on an airy ridge. “And they told me my harness was on upside-down.” I laughed, but Chris was not amused. I swallowed. “You’re right. I need to smarten up. But don't worry! It gets better. Just remember to breathe.” Chris, hands on knees, had relaxed a bit but didn’t say anything. This would turn out to be a proper adventure after all! I thought. And I wasn’t wrong.
Classmates from engineering school, Chris and I had both moved to Norway around the same time. In July, 2019, we set out together on a bike tour in North-Norway. Along the way, I convinced Chris to rope up with me and try a few classic moderate climbs. Amazingly, he agreed.
Did you know the Choss Boys are featured in the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo" with Alex Honnold directed by Nat Geo photographer and cinematographer Jimmy Chin ???
Here is some food for thought: Jimmy Chin framed Daniel leading the Salathe headwall in the foreground and Alex Honnold rappelling in the background for an entire 20 seconds. Possibly, Daniel looked cooler than Alex Honnold at this moment.
With the recent popularity of our Thursday night training sessions at our local gym, Wallnuts, we thought we’d make them available here for everyone to check out.
In this post, we'll show you our favourite core strength workout. It has been adopted from a book called Training for the New Alpinism by Scott Johnson & Steve House. These guys are some of the pioneers in training for climbing, a science that is still developing as climbing matures from a counter-culture pastime to an Olympic-level sport.
Friday, 16 February, 2018
Monday, 21 August, 2017 - The Bugaboos
Fresh off our ascent of the glorious Northeast buttress of Mount Slesse, Erik, Toba, Jamie (another good friend from NL), and I (Nick) beelined it straight to Brisco, BC where we were eager to make the most of an auspicious alpine forecast at Bugaboo Provincial Park. For myself and Toba this was a return trip to the Bugaboos and we were ecstatic to get back to Applebee Dome campground during the best conditions of the year.
As luck would have it, we happened to time our arrival with a special astronomical event: a solar eclipse. We took it as a sign that the stars were aligning for our stint in the mountains.
We are Daniel, David, Nick & Erik.
We climb rocks.
We come from St. John's, Newfoundland - the most Eastern city in North America. We are passionate about climbing, and want to share our adventures and misadventures with YOU.