Canmore's Knuckle Basher 2010
The Knuckle Basher returned to Canmore, Alberta for its second year in February 2010. The Knuckle Basher is a grass roots style winter climbing festival originally organized as a last minute fill in event for the Canmore ice climbing festival which was canceled in 2008. Eddie Whittemore, Black Diamond's western Canadian rep, was lucky enough to attend and sent us his report.
The Knuckle Basher Ice Fest kicked off in good fashion with a great slide show by Kevin Doyle on Thursday evening at Mount Royal University. Kevin's slide show highlighted his amazing alpine climbing career with shots and stories from the Canadian Rockies, Nanga Parbat, Rakaposhi and much more.
Friday evening saw things move to the Vsion climbing center in Canmore. Here, Dung Nguyen and his crew of route setters put two groups of climbers through the paces of some super cool (and hard) routes. Elite Men's winner Will Mayo flashed the route and had the crowd fired up!
Will Mayo, 2 holds from the finish.
BD athlete Zoe Hart was in town for a slide show on Saturday evening and got in some good climbing on Thursday with an ascent of Cryophobia in the Ghost. She competed in the Women's Elite division in Friday's event at the Vsion.
Zoe getting it done on the plastic.
Saturday morning brought excellent weather to the Bow Valley and the climbers went out to do routes on their own or participate in one of the many clinics that Yamnuska Mountain Adventures guides put on at both Haffner Creek and the Junkyards, just outside of Canmore.
Saturday evening was the headline event with Zoe Hart doing a slideshow on her travels and climbing to areas all over the Alaska Range, the Alps and Asia. Her show was entertaining and kept the crowd both laughing and gripped at the same time.