Legendary Canadian alpinist Barry Blanchard will be talking about his first ascents of Sans Blitz VI WI7 and Infinite Patience VI WI5 M5 5.9 on March 30. The free event will stream on Facebook live starting at 1 p.m. MST. Watch here. This event will be episode six of six in a series called: Barry Blanchard’s Greatest Alpine First Ascents in the Canadian Rockies, 1983 to 2002.
About his upcoming show, Blanchard said: April, 2001, the fifth time that I’d planned to establish a winter route on the magnificent Emperor Face of Yexyexescen (Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, The King). My Emperor odyssey began on a day in March, 1989, when it was -40 Celsius, which is exactly the same temperature in Fahrenheit. My partners were Jim Elzinga and Ward Robinson and it was just too damn cold!
I returned in 1997 with Steve House and Joe Josephson, but we failed. 1998 we didn’t get the weather and we came up with an alternate plan, it was the same in 1999 and both of those alternates, The Silver Lining and M-16 comprised episode five in this series. In April, 2000, Steve, Jo-Jo and I got back on the Emperor, but we failed. Which brings us to the present episode and my fifth winter of looking for success on the Emperor.
The snow pack was too dangerous and Rolando Garibotti, Steve House and I climbed Sans Blitz as an alternative. 2002, October, at long last Eric Dumerac, Philippe Pellet and I finally succeeded. My partners named our route, Infinite Patience, in difference to me, and my odyssey on the Emperor.
Barry Blanchard’s Greatest Alpine FAs in the Rockies
Episode 1: The Andromeda Strain and the East Face of Mount Fay
Episode 2: The North Pillar of North Twin in 1985 and The Wild Thing on the Northeast Face of Chephren in 1987
Episode 3: The North Face of Edith Cavell and The North Face of Howse Peak in 1988
Episode 4: The Northwest Ridge of Alberta in 1990 and Striving for the Moon on the East Face of Temple in 1992
Episode 5: The Silver Lining on Saskatchewan in 1998, and M-16 on the Northeast Face of Howse Peak in 1999
Episode 6: Sans Blitz on the East Face of Fay, 2001, and Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Robson in 2002