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Haywire: Close Calls on Baffin Island

Apr. 27th 2016

Early last summer, SCARPA athlete Dave Allfrey and filmmaker Cheyne Lempe set out on a journey that would test both their limits, big-wall climbing on Baffin Island. While both had plenty of climbing experience ranging from places like Yosemite, Patagonia, and the Himalaya, neither climber had pushed themselves in an area as remote and unsupported, beautiful and dangerous as Baffin Island. If there’s one dish in which the miles of fjord ice and thousands of feet of vertical granite of Baffin serve in abundance, it’s humble pie of the purest, most enriching variety. Watch Haywire, the story of their trip below.

I’ve realized that one of the main reasons I go to be in these big and powerful places is capture the beauty of it all and hopefully tell a captivating story. There are so many things that are out of your control out there, and it’s truly amazing to be able to experience and document these wild places even when you just want to go home. I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen next, or if I’m going to go on another one of these types of expeditions. But I’m more inspired than ever to be out creating art in this beautiful world. — Cheyne Lempe, filmmaker

Read Dave’s full account of the trip here.

Haywire from Mountain Hardwear on Vimeo.

Dave Cheyne took the SCARPA Phantom 6000 to Baffin. Learn more about the redesigned Phantom Series here.

One of the bivys on Deconstructing Jenga.

One of the bivys on Deconstructing Jenga.

Dave Allfrey's First Ascent on Baffin Island

Dave Allfrey and Cheyne Lempe’s route up the Great Cross Pillar.

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