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Climbing Kananaskis

Building anchors and rapping off Wasootch Ridge in the rain in Kananaskis, Alberta with Erinn Locke this past summer. #prana #scarpa, #petzl #northface © 2019 Greg Locke

Winter is here!

…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.

 

Erinn on the Crab House

 

Erinn Locke climbing on the Crab House boulders in Flat Rock, Newfoundland. for Global Climbing Day. She is a competition climber, member of the Alpine Club of Canada and supported by Scarpa and Prana through Agences Stephane Morin in Montreal.

Ice climbing season begins in Newfoundland

IceClimbing-SouthSide-2015_GSL-5574-WEBFinally getting enough ice in St John’s, to do some ice climbing. Not many cities where you can do this roadside and within view of the downtown. This is Nocturnal Wall on the south side of the harbour in St John’s, Newfoundland. …live, climb, repeat. © 2016 Greg Locke

Never stop exploring

NorthFace-Erinn-Flatrock_GSL-6541-LOWRESClimber Erinn Locke at Flatrock, Newfoundland. © 2016 Greg Locke

 

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Greg Locke climbing to photograph ice climbers in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photo by Terry Day

If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling  show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great  equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from  The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?

As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.

As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.

Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.

The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.

Greg-NorthFace-FlatrOCK-6717Hauling up rope at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a morning climb testing some new gear. Photo by Erinn Locke.

 

Climbing with Carla

 The weather has been horrid in Newfoundland so far this spring and summer so we’ve taken advantage of the few nice days to get outdoors and do what we love … explore Newfoundland! I also had the unexpected pleasure of photographing my friend and excellent climber, Carla, who is back on the east coast for the summer.

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Climbing on the Fair Islands

ACC-FairIsland-2015_LOCKE-0663-WEBWe had a great rock climbing and camping trip with the Newfoundland Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to the Fair Islands in Bonavista Bay on Newfoundland’s north east coast. Lots to explore and lots of new rock for bouldering, top rope and trad climbing.

Here is a photo gallery on the ACC NL FaceBook Page

…and THE VIDEO!

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Kayaking The Butterpot

FatherDay-2015-Butterpot-HR-0490Summer finally arrives on Newfoundland’s east coast and its warm enough for some kayak and canoe adventures. Went for a shake down run in Butterpot Provincial Park this weekend. Check out our Explore Newfoundland galleries. © 2015 Greg Locke

Summer climbing season begins

Erinn-Climbing-Manuals-May16-2015_GSL-0030-WEBThe ever fickle spring and summer seasons of Newfoundland seem to be making a commitment for this year so the summer climbing season has begun here on the east coast. Erinn leading on The German Face, Conception bay, Newfoundland. © 2015 GREG LOCKE

 

Ice climbing at Lance Cove

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It’s finally ice climbing season on the east coast of Newfoundland. Members of the Alpine Club of Canada headed out for their annual camping and ice climbing trip to Lance Cove on Cape Broyle approximately 80km south of St. John’s. Photo by Greg Locke © 2015