Somehow Jason Tattersall got my email address about a year ago and if there is one thing you can count on him for, besides skiing hard and speaking his mind, it's entertaining emails about once a week. He forwarded this video to me (and many others) on Tuesday.
Most of the time when I get these types of emails I pay attention for about 10-20 seconds...and then move on to something else. A bit of a short attention span I guess. Anyway, this video of Dan Osman solo speed climbing Bears Reach (5.7) on Lover's Leap in California got me thinking. What would the skiing equivalent of this type of feat be? Would it be a combination of ascent and descent gnarliness? Or would it be focused on skiing something in minimal time? Would it be about hucking the biggest air and skiing off like it was no big deal? And what about slope angle? What is the skiing equivalent of 5.7 for an accomplished climber? My guess is that 50-55° would be close to 5.7 for a moderately accomplished ski mountaineer. Would skiing the Carolina Face on Mt Cook live up to the hype of speed climbing 5.7? I would say so!
But then again...would it be about ski mountaineering and the hairiest line you could find? Or would setting a new world record on the Hannenkahm be as big of an achievement? Bode's already skiing the fence these days and winning medals. What's next?