Temperatures are cooling down, but things are heating up over here, with an air of competition to our new images for September! There’s the story of a 750-mile boat race from Washington to Alaska, and a longboard slalom competition in Moscow. We’ve got athletes hardcore training with weights and CrossFit, or running outdoors to stay in shape, and excitable fans at a soccer match in Brazil. Continuing around the world, we’ve got imagery from volcanoes in Indonesia, epic landscapes in Banff, mountaineering in Iceland, rock climbing in South Africa, snowboarding in Japan, and intense battles with wind in New Zealand.
See all of the best in outdoor living and exotic travel, plus secret underground tunnels, free diving at night in Lake Tahoe, and some spooky images in time for Halloween in this month’s curated gallery embracing the outdoors: http://www.auroraphotos.com/result?webseries_id=14734
Aurora contributor Tom Frost will be inducted into The American Alpine Club’s 2016 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence during the Club’s Inaugural Awards Dinner on May 7th, 2016. This prestigious accolade is given to those who have made lasting contributions both on and off the mountain. Climbers awarded have inspired a legacy for future climbers, positively impacted the environment, and advanced the fields of science and medicine, all while accomplishing incredible climbing feats.
Frost is being recognized for his efforts in saving Yosemite’s iconic Camp 4 and his many first ascents in Yosemite including the Salathé Wall. The other inductees this year include Geoff Tabin, John Roskelley, Hugh Herr and Libby Sauter.
About Tom Frost
Tom Frost is an accomplished climber and photographer. He began making first ascents in Yosemite in the late 1950’s climbing with American rock-climbing pioneers like Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt and Joe Fitschen. In 1961, Frost and Yvon Chouinard, one of the leading climbers of the ‘Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing’, visited Grand Teton National Park and made the first ascent of the northeast face of Disappointment Peak. That same year Frost, along with Robbins and Pratt, began the first ascent of the Salathé Wall on El Capitan. It took them a total of 11 days and 36 pitches of vertical climbing to finish the route. In October of 1964, with Robbins, Pratt and Chouinard, Frost made the first ascent of the North America Wall on El Capitan.
Frost is a longtime advocate of environmental ethics in climbing, using natural protection whenever possible, guided by respect for tradition and a desire to “leave no trace.” He opposes what he believes to be excessive use of bolts by sport climbers, especially the altering of traditional climbing routes previously completed without such aids.
Frost played a critical role in the fight to save Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, starting in 1997. He filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service to save the historic rock climbers’ campsite with the support of the American Alpine Club. The effort was ultimately successful and Camp 4 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Frost photographed many of his first ascents. Glen Denny, a mountaineering photographer and author of the book Yosemite in the Sixties, wrote of Frost’s photographic achievements saying, “Most of the climbing photos you see now are prearranged setups for the camera on much-traveled routes. The impressive thing about Frost is that his classic images were seen, and photographed, during major first ascents. In those awesome situations he led, cleaned, hauled, day after day and–somehow–used his camera with the acuity of a Cartier-Bresson strolling about a piazza. Extremes of heat and cold, storm and high altitude, fear and exhaustion . . . it didn’t matter. He didn’t seem to feel the pressure.”
In 1979, Frost co-founded Chimera Photographic Lighting with Gary Regester. The company, based in Boulder, CO, manufactures lighting products for photography and filming.
Royal Robbins offered the following description of Frost: “Tom is the kindest and gentlest and most generous person I have ever met, with never an ill word to say of anyone. He is also a man of courage and leadership, as witness his recent vanguard role in the effort to save Camp 4 in Yosemite. And he continues to possess the true spirit of climbing. Just a couple of years ago, at age 60, with his son, he climbed three big El Capitan routes, one of them the North American Wall.”
The American Alpine club will be hosting the Excellence in Climbing Awards Dinner, presented by Adidas Outdoor, on May 7, 2016 at the History Colorado Center. To go along with the keynote and induction ceremony, attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, libations and fine dining. All proceeds benefit The American Alpine Club Library and The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum.
We’ve got all the running, basketball playing, hiking, climbing, cycling, motocross racing, skateboarding, surfing, exploring, outdoor relaxing and watermelon-eating-while-on-a-southwest-USA-journey you could want! For those excited about the shift towards colder temperatures, we’ve got skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing and alpine survival. Or perhaps remote travel and exotic adventures is more your thing. We’ve got that too.
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