Testing gear

My good friend Cam Shute and I were out the other day in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, our backyard big-mountain haven. He works as a product engineer for Genuine Guide Gear and had a ski crampon to test. I figured I’d tinker with a day of SLR video while Cam was busy putting his prototype through the ins and outs. Thanks to his wife Genevieve for holding the fort with their newborn Mateo…

Ski Crampon Test from Steve Ogle on Vimeo.

Posted on 02/01 at 06:13 PM | Comments

Winter?

It looks like we brought a bit of the tropics back with us. British Columbia is in the middle of a Pineapple Express. This is when a warm storm rolls in from Hawaii and slams the temperate northwest. Still, it’s great to be back in winter, or whatever the slush version is called.

I’ve finally had a chance to get some new images up in the FRESH section. They’re a more complete gallery of images from SE Asia. But to get back to winter, here’s a slideshow from last year’s Cold Shot Foto Faceoff, taken during three days of the Coldsmoke Festival here at Whitewater Winter Resort. Whitewater is the best reason to get out of bed every morning, Pineapple Express or not.

Check out the show and standby for more winter updates!

Steve Ogle Coldsmoke 2009 slideshow from Steve Ogle on Vimeo.

 

Posted on 01/13 at 02:36 AM | Comments

Nam

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I’m in Vietnam exploring some history and climbing opportunities, and things are good. It’s a bit of a rougher country than Thailand and it seems that anyone who has learned some English did so to try and scam you. We’ve had to be on our toes in the past five days since arriving from Laos. We’ve just spent a few days in the Lan Ha Bay, which is a smaller section of the famed Ha Long Bay, featuring some impressive limestone walls. You can keep track of details on our travel blog: www.steveandamy.wordpress.com

 

Here’s a shot of me having my first coffee ever. Yeah, it’s true- don’t make fun. For various reasons I’ve held out for all these years and they say Vietnamese coffee is great. I guess anything infused with enough sweetened condensed milk is tasty.

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On the same Hanoi streetcorner…

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Lan Ha Bay:

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Posted on 12/07 at 03:29 PM | Comments

Climbing in Railay

Down here in Thailand doing some climbing with my better half rope-gun Amy. Things are great, as they well should be on a tropical beach surrounded by accessible crags, turquoise waters and tasty food. If you’ve ever been here you know it’s paradise.
Here’s a link to our blog: Steve and Amy’s Adventure
More below (video, pics)...

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Heading out to Phi Phi Ley island.

Here are a few photos of the trip so far. After this we’re planning to hit northern Thailand to climb at Chiang Mai, then bust over to Laos and Vietnam for some climbing at established areas there. Time flies so we’ll see how it works out. The snow is flying at home but that seems so far away- the only cold thing in sight is a Beer Chang sweating on the table here. We’ll be home sometime around the third week of December.

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Here’s a video from the other day: Thai versus Brit

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Some pics:

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Simon Robins pitching off Cream of Sum Yung Gai, 13c at Tonsai Wall.

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Longtail boats at Phra Nang beach.

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Phra Nang beach showing part of Thaiwand wall on left.

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More longtail boat action at Railay beach, with Tiger wall at top left.

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Lone longtail on Phi Phi Don island.

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Chilala, our boatman on a tour of Phi Phi Ley island.

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Amy pretty happy about the menu options.

Posted on 11/16 at 02:04 PM | Comments

Primeval Fear on The Discovery Channel

Sometimes old, scary memories are brought back to life, then shown to millions of people. In this case, it was a 2004 ski trip to Patagonia with friends Mark Tinholt and Chad Sayers. We spent two weeks being accosted by what was likely just an average storm up on the Southern Patagonia Icecap, then last spring Chad and I participated in a filming effort to tell our story. Discovery’s Raging Planet 2 series has recently aired in the US, featuring six episodes, each one composed of several real-life dramas that help viewers understand what happens when you mess with Mother Nature. Three million people watched me use the words PRIMEVAL FEAR during our 5 minute part of the episode on Blizzards.

I was able to poach this grainy segment so you can watch it below, but I still haven’t seen any of the other (surely more dramatic) tales of adventure. I’ll post news when it airs in Canada, or is available online.

 

Posted on 10/16 at 05:25 PM | Comments

CE Scanner

A guy on my hockey team is organizing the campaign for a CT Scanner for our local hospital. I was able to donate a photo for the cause, which you can also help out by clicking here: http://www.klhf.org/

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Posted on 10/07 at 05:24 PM | Comments

My first blog entry

Well, this isn’t the first ever, just on my site. For those of you (and I know there’s at least one) who have been patiently awaiting the redesign, thanks. Also thanks to Rik at Yellowseed. I’ll try to keep things current and not throw you back into time, but in the near future (stay with me here) I’ll get some media from recent adventures posted to spice things up. Here is where you’ll find videos, multi-media presentations, slide shows, not to mention some actual news. In the meantime, here are a couple of other blogs I’ve been involved with in the last year, with plenty of reading material for your coffee break:

http://darwintraverse.blogspot.com/
Highlights a recent expedition to (where else?) Patagonia.

http://tatlayokobirds.wordpress.com/
Here you’ll find postings for the annual bird migration monitoring efforts at Tatlayoko Lake, BC. Some of you may know my alter ego is as an ornithologist. What’s that? Find out for yourself on the link!

Posted on 10/01 at 05:23 PM | Comments

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