I do love the tops of mountains, and I wish I could climb them. Fortunately, there are cameras, people who know how to use them, and people who know how to edit film to tell a story, and put us all in awe.
Plus, living among us are people brave enough and skilled enough to get to the tops of those mountains, people who make the filming possible and worthwhile.
“Women at Work” is a film of a climb by “the Cirque Ladies 2010,” described by Emily Stifler:
In summer 2010, Lorna Illingworth, Madaleine Sorkin and I spent 25 days in the Cirque of the Unclimbables, Northwest Territories, Canada. Our goal was to free climb the entire 1963 Original Route on the sheer 2000′ Southeast Face of Proboscis, and grants from the American Alpine Club encouraged us to document the adventure. The result: Women at Work (VI 5.12 R).
Cirque of the Unclimbables? Okay, I’ll watch.
- Cirque Ladies 2010 blog
- SummitPost.org points out this is one of the most remote parts of the world, even with a satellite phone; also great photos and “how to get there”
- You can take a tour to look at the base of the tors, for just over $9,000 USD; bring your own climbing gear
- Bivouac.com’s review
- Geography: Off the Nahanni River, now in the expanded Nahanni National Park, in the Northwest Territories near the border with the Yukon Territory — see maps below.
- Kluane Airways information on how to fly to the mountains to do the climb, with price lists and options
Half the fun is getting there: Camp in shelters made by Mother Nature: