When Felipe Tapia Nordenflycht mentioned an interest in route development, his friends threw him into the deep end. The team ultimately established a huge new 5.11+ in Zion—but not without some fits and starts.
Even after years of first-hand experience, it’s hard for Don Bowie to believe just how harsh winter in the Himalaya can be. High winds scour the mountains of snow, leaving behind rock and bulletproof ice. Temperatures regularly drop to -50 degrees—as low as -80 with wind chill.