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Marni D. Sheppeard

Monday, August 21, 2006

Mountain Climbing

A little news: I've been contacted by a UK production company who wish to make a documentary about the time that Sonja Rendell and I were trapped on an exposed ledge on Mt Isobel for 8 days in bad weather, in late 2003. Of course, they might also want to talk to me about the time that I fell in a crevasse whilst soloing on the Grosser Aletsch glacier in Switzerland, or maybe even the time that I crossed Fyfe pass on an epic traverse of the divide near Mt Cook.

We'll wait and see, I guess!


Blogger rickus said...

Wow! Sounds like you've had some exciting trips. A little more exciting than I would like.

How did you manage to extract yourself when you fell in the crevasse? Did you punch through a snow bridge?I'm assuming (since you are blogging) that everything turned out OK.

August 22, 2006 5:55 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Hi rickus!

It's nice to have visitors. Fortunately, on that particular escapade, it was a busy summer's day, and there was a large group of people about 20 minutes behind me. Because the glacier was so cut up (and the freezing level was WAY too high, so I shouldn't have been there, but that's another story) they were forced to follow my tracks, and it was therefore inevitable that they would find the (perfectly circular) hole in the dodgy snowbridge over a whopping big 1.5m wide crevasse. Since I broke my leg and tore ligaments etc it was looking like a tricky situation to get myself out of...

Anyway, cheers!

August 22, 2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Wow! It does sound likeyou get into some knooks & crannies. lol!

Hi kea,

Unless one is prolific like Lubos and can copiously blog any nonsense about anything at any time ...
It is best like Cosmic Variance and the n-category cafe to have four or five people contributing at least one post each a week, to each other's blogs, and to keep the blog focused & science based rather than ramble too far off the beaten track (like some do).

I think Bee is looking for contributor's to her Backreaction, even she has no time, or sufficient material to fill her blog daily. You, Mahndisa, kea & louise, should submit or share each others posts more frequently.

And maybe collaborate with Bee or contribute to Bee's Backreaction.
Get more traffic and make the blogging experience more fun and rewarding.

All the best! - Q.

August 25, 2006 2:44 AM  
Anonymous tommaso said...

wow! Terrific story! I am a mountain guy myself, but I have no experience with glaciers and try to stay clear of them - having passed the 40yo mark I am getting less and less audacious.

When was this incident with the crevasse ? Did you recover fully ?
Did it impair your willingness to go trekking alone ? I did that in the past myself, but I find it really is dangerous - a wrong step becomes trouble much more easily.


January 31, 2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Hamish Reid said...

Dozens of searchers, myself included, spent several days flying, walking and climbing about in that lovely Arthur's Pass weather looking for you. I watched from up valley as the helicopter winched what we took at the time to be your bodies from the ridge and I recall thinking what a bloody stange place to wind up. How did you get there?

April 04, 2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Oh, Hamish, nice to meet you. Sorry I didn't see this post when you put it up. And my heartfelt thanks to all of you who were out there in the - er - not so lovely Arthur's Pass weather.

How did you get there?

Although it was late December there was still a lot of ice down in the Taipoiti, and we were not carrying crampons to cross the pass. Since it was a beautiful day, we stupidly decided to climb up from the valley on the steep ridge that you saw, and then sidle across to the pass via the terraces. Unfortunately, the climb was a lot more difficult than anticipated, and at around 3pm we decided to bivy out for the night. Alas, as you know, the weather moved in pre dawn and refused to budge. Given the quality of the rock on Mt Isobel, this resulted in a continuous tumult of rocks down the gullies on either side of us and the wet terrain made travel up or down rather inadvisable. So we waited. All the best to you and any of the other rescuers that you know.

August 04, 2007 2:03 PM  

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