In 2014 Sebastian, his buddies Phil and Andi as well as Daniel (Camera) and Bezi (Audio) – attempted to climb the 4996 m high Mt. Blackburn in the St. Elias National Park, Alaska. The mission objective was to use our super light Dynafit Cho Oyo skis + skins, crampons and ice axes on the first part, Flysurfer PEAK snow-kites on the long ridge leading to the peak and Air G ANI mountain gliders on the way back down. Andi would take the lead in the classic alpine approach (Section 1), whilst Sebastian would lead the group during the kite ascent (Section 2) and finally Phil would take off first with his wing to lead the way down into basecamp (Section 3). With this unique approach we wanted to show that fairly new disciplines such as snow-kiting or speedflying blend in perfectly into classical alpine ski-touring and climbing approaches. Everything looked really nice and well thought through when we sketched the route on a map in Munich … but it all turned out differently than what we planned! Read the full report here.
Here’s the final video filmed during the Alaska adventure.