Cedar Wright

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Climber, Filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer, The North Face Athlete, Paraglider, Writer, Chronic Goofball

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Safety 3rd +Stumped + 18 minutes of extras for sale!  Link in my profile!  If you aren窶冲 glued to your phone and a brainwashed social media robot like I am... then you may have missed my post yesterday launching my babies to the World. And we can窶冲 have that!! Huge thanks to my filmmaking compadre @tay.keating who busted his ass on these films.  Without Taylor we wouldn窶冲 have heartwarming moments like @bradgobright breaking his back, when a cam rips out沽ャ, or @moinmountains using her stump in unspeakable ways, and he made these cool posters too...so pretty!! Definitely Follow @tay.keating for a sneak peek into upcoming projects.  Currently looking for a 7-figure big budget sponsor for first ascents on the moon... @elonmusk ....call me.
Stumped and Safety Third are up for sale with over 18 minutes of bloopers and outtakes available exclusively through the link in my profile!  It窶冱 wild to think that it was over 3 years ago that @tay.keating and I started following around @bradgobright ...and a year later that we first met @moinmountains !  Neither of the films had funding at the time, but I knew it was worth taking the risk on these unknown but compelling characters.  I窶冦 proud to say that both films have gone on to tour in @reelrock and @banffmountainfestival and win multiple awards at various other festivals!  These films have helped both Brad and Maureen to launch well deserved climbing careers!  Brad went on to break the coveted Nose speed record, and Mo is gearing up for her first climbing expedition to The Cirque of the Unclimbables! You definitely haven窶冲 seen the last of these great climbers... who are also wonderful good hearted people.  I窶冦 excited for what my filmmaking future will bring, and I look forward to working on more stories about lesser known, but bad ass characters!  Thanks everyone for supporting these projects!!
If you could see my face in this photo, it would be a look of horror!  This is NOT how your Paraglider should look and I did it on purpose!  Last Fall I decided that I needed to take safety more seriously.  I was stepping up to my first 窶廚 glider,窶 The @advancegliders Sigma 10.  Gliders are rated A through D....a safety and performance rating system for Paraglider窶冱.  An A is a beginners wing and a D and the 窶徙pen class窶 wings represents the cutting edge of glide and speed technology.  As Paraglider窶冱 increase in speed and performance, the level of piloting to fly them safely also increases.  Most expert pilots will tell you that the 窶廡ull Stall,窶 is one of the best maneuvers for becoming a safer and more skilled pilot.  Basically it involves pulling down on the breaks until your wing stops flying, at which point you fall backwards and your wing balls up into a horrific flapping mess, at which point you release the breaks in a controlled manner to about half way up and enter into what is called 窶廝ack Fly,窶 at which point Your wing is half open and bucking around a bit, and you are flying backwards.  It is extremely unnatural and in the beginning窶ヲ mortifying.  From that position you release the breaks symmetrically and the wing shoots forward dynamically and begins to fly again.  If you don窶冲 catch the wing with a quick stab of the breaks, it can collapse or worse, and it窶冱 not uncommon for people to have their full stalls go completely out of control in the beginning.  This maneuver teaches you a ton about what is called 窶廣ctive Piloting,窶 in the sport.  Active Piloting is something akin to a good kayaker staying upright in a raging rapid with quick and adept paddle movements, and believe it or not窶ヲ sometimes the air we fly in is an invisible raging rapid of turbulence.  If you have the required skills it can be exhilarating, and if you don窶冲 it can be really dangerous.  After over 40 full stalls, I started to get the hang of it, and while it was uncomfortable at first, I窶冦 really glad I took the time, and I窶冦 super grateful to @codymittanck for coaching me through it! I窶冦 half dreading and half excited to do more of this type of training in the future!
Summit Glory!  Photo: @tedhesser from the summit of Mt. Kenya 汞ー汞ェ last year with @maurybirdwell and @alexhonnold Who is sitting in this photo due to crippling altitude sickness!  At over 17k Mt. Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa, and unlike the highest point Kilimanjaro there is no easy way up; you have to rock climb.  No one has ever flown a Paraglider from the summit, and I brought up a lightweight glider with the hope of being the first, but the ground was invisible under a bank of clouds making an attempt foolish, and frankly I was kind of glad because the only launch point I could find looked extremely committing and technical.  I pictured myself broken and battered and hanging off the sheer face of the mountain and never pulled my glider out of the bag.  I did fly from the base the next day, but not before botching a launch and rolling down in the talus a little bit.  Alex and Ted both wondered about my sanity and safety that day I think, but once the glider was in the air, it was a delightful flight! Good memories!!! We enjoyed the top of Kenya for a while, and the ...Always teamplayers, Maury Alex and I downclimbed, leaving our media team of @tay.keating and Ted to fend for themselves on the endless rappells.  They may have had the 1000 yard stare when the stumbled into basecamp hours after we had eaten and snuggled into our sleeping bags!  @thenorthface
Today I had the opportunity to fly in a sailplane with expert pilot @ty_gunnlaugsson in Mountain Wave, a phenomena where wind rushes up over a mountain range creating a wild band of lift that can be taken to 40,000 feet or more!  The sailplane altitude record is over 50k, and it窶冱 theorized that if a 窶徭tratospheric Mountain Wave窶 were harnessed on the right day, that 85000 feet may be possible!  Here in Boulder it窶冱 not uncommon to fly my Paraglider with the Sailplane pilots, sharing thermals with this high performance aircraft, but, this Wave phenomena is very rarely experienced in a Paraglider, because it tends to set up in winter, with lots of wind and turbulence.  Your average Paraglider has a top speed of a little over 30mph and a glide ratio of about 10 to one.  A nice sailplane has a top speed of over 150mph and glide ratios approaching 60 to one.  Today at nearly 18k we were seeing wind speeds of over 60mph, and being in that air in a Paraglider would have been the most horrific experience of my life.  While Paraglider窶冱 have much less performance, you don窶冲 need to be towed up in an airplane, and you can launch and land virtually anywhere, in comparison.  For me paragliding has an untethered purity to it that I think I prefer, but seeing the continental divide enshrouded in clouds from 17,980 feet was truly an outrageous experience!  Thanks Ty!!!
The last two months have been some of the most adventurous of my life, but nothing beats being home.  My bad ass 5.13 climbing, defense attorney wife @nmilfeld always gives me the love, support, and honesty I need, and @allterrainpug and #goberniego are my sweet unconditionally loving four legged children.  Nellie is the reason that I have thrived more than ever.  Those that know Nellie, know that I am one lucky bastard!!! My life is spiritually rich; filled with love laughter and adventure. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful.  Thanks @sandsruss for the photo!
沍沒キ: @jimmy_chin  My hair and hands styled by 13 Antarctic peaks in 2 weeks. 窶廛ude, were we climbing the same rocks?窶 Alex teased me as he held up his baby smooth unblemished hands! 窶弩hat...it窶冱 not that bad...I窶况e only got 1,2,3,4,5,6...,窶 I eventually couted about 78 tiny little cuts spreading across my hands in a bloody constellation commemorating our whirlwind of toil, fear and endless granite spikes!  While I probably won the 窶徇ost gobies窶 award, @conrad_anker and @jimmy_chin would have to duke it out for the 窶徇ost destroyed clothing窶 award.  The endless gritty, sharp chimneys and offwidths that they encountered on their first ascent of Ulvetanna left them looking like they had thrown their jackets in a blender.  @sav.cummins And @pfaff_anna Definitely got the 窶徇ost hygienic窶 award.  At one point I went to visit them in their sleeping tent which smelled like flowers and sparkles.... my tent smelled like dirty socks!  All jokes aside, our #tnfantarctica17 Expedition was one of the most fun, and productive Expeditions of my life.  It was by all accounts a huge personal accomplishment for me to finish off the most expensively pipedreamed continent in my obscure, weird campaign to climb a big first ascent on all 7 continents!  One great achievement for Cedar-kind, but one small completely opaque and obscure achievement for mankind!  While climbers have been pretty stoked on our Antarctica expedition, I would call it pretty niche compared to the type of climbing that usually garners mainstream media attention. Usually it窶冱 Everest...or well...it窶冱 always Everest that gets mainstream attention.  You tell a non climber you are a climber and there窶冱 a 50 percent chance they ask you if you窶况e climbed Everest!  Arrgghhh!!! So imagine my surprise when a producer from @cbsthismorning Reached out to me saying they would be interested in covering our expedition!  Today Conrad, Alex and I made an appearance on @cbsthismorning which was pretty bizarre...but cool!  The 3 million people watching hopefully have a slightly better understanding and appreciation of alpine rock climbing!  Maybe less people will ask me if I窶况e climbed Everest now...but probably not!
The man the myth, the lovable socially awkward goofball, @alexhonnold  complaining that the summit of Kintanna is too pointy.  On this day, I led the first free ascent of the north pillar at 5.10+ in one 2000 foot pitch, the final exam in the Honnold School of Simul-Climbing. Two days before, Alex had lead us most of the way up the northeast ridge of Steitind, one of the most striking and imposing unclimbed features in the range.  A couple feet below the top, he stopped his mega 1200 foot pitch, unsure if the route would go.  We had no bolts and above us was 200 feet of overhanging protection-less rubble.  Alex nervously disappeared around a roof.  The rope ran 60 feet out of sight without a single piece of protection.  I yelled up to Alex, 窶廩ow窶冱 it going up there?窶 窶廸ot good, I窶冦 kind of stuck, I窶冦 really scared,窶 he whimpered.  Alex had cranked an irreversible mantle and was stranded in a sea of choss.  As Alex creeped horrifically upwards, the wall went into the shade.  The change in temperature was drastic, to the point of being emergent.  As I belayed a single pitch that had taken Alex longer than the previous 1000 feet, my hands and feet froze solid.  I shivered uncontrollably.  I became legitimately worried that if Alex didn窶冲 take us to the summit soon, I might get frostbite. Finally after an eternity, that was actually an hour, Alex yelled down that I was on belay.  I followed the pitch unable to feel my hands and feet.  I hooked my woodblock hands with zero feeling into the cold overhanging choss.  I climbed in utter horror, pumped out of my gourd.  I deadpointed for creaking flakes, and wrestled frantically.  It was apparent to me that I would have died if this was my lead.  Even the follow was scary with the path traversing drastically over razor rock.  I imagined falling and watching my rope rope sliced into oblivion. In 200 feet there were three pieces of protection that all would have ripped out!  I thought the climbing was solid 5.11, but Alex suggested it was 窶彡lassic 5.10d.窶 So if you try to repeat The Dark Tower 5.10d X, be very careful, Alex said it was the scariest lead of his life.  #tnfantarctica17 @thenorthface
@nicgreece venturing out into the Kenyan sky!  Hoping for good weather tomorrow for a crack at 200k!  Taking a break from my epically long insta-novel captions for now, but don窶冲 worry,I窶冤l be back with a verbose vengeance soon! 沽#allthefilters #skycrack
Formations like Midgard, are why I always dreamed of coming to Queen Maudland Antarctica.  I love free standing towers.  As far as rocks, nothing captures my imagination, and beckons to me more than a first ascent on a pointy summit.  The spikier the better!  Always the contrarian, @alexhonnold told me at the top of one of the many slender peaks we stood on during our whirlwind Antarctic summer vacation, that, "I kind of hate pointy spires, I prefer a giant broad summit." "Dude," I replied incredulously, "the only thing that would make El Cap more rad, is if it was a free-standing spire." "Agree to disagree," he said as we inspected the summit for a thread or stopper placement to begin the endless sketchy simul-rappelling that would leave us completely traumatized by the end of the trip. "This has been a great adventure, but it just doesn't feel that rad," Alex lamented as we rapelled off of a grumpy creaking flake, "I can't wait to pull hard on solid rock again." "Well, I think it窶冱 pretty rad and, I wish I had at least another week here," I retorted.  After all the bad weather delays, we had less than three weeks on the glacier, and I knew that with one more week, we could have climbed every summit... that will always be my mild regret... even though we climbed way more rock than I expected while we were out there.  Alex loves an adventure, but, perhaps prefers the physical act of bone crushing rock gnar into powdery oblivion a little more.  For me, climbing has always been more about first ascent adventure goals.  While I love the athleticism, and physical achievement of climbing, I love exploring the world's beautiful landscapes, and having a crazy adventure even more.  I really think Midgard pictured here is one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, and I will value standing on that spikey summit  which was "only 5.11a," a lot more than ticking another 5.13.  What I'm trying to say here, is that Honnold is wrong and I am Wright 沽! 窶廬窶冦 a performance rock climber, you are a lifestyle climber,窶 he once told me... which I think pretty well sums it up.  Follow @thenorthface @sav.cummins @pfaff_anna @conrad_anker @jimmy_chin for more #tnfantarctica17
Today I achieved a life goal!  I flew over 汳ッ miles in my paraglider here in Kenya!  @nicgreece who grabbed this photo of me early in the flight, is one of the best pilots in the States, and a super talented creative as well, so when he invited me on this adventure paragliding mission, to the Kerio Valley, I knew I窶囘 have a solid mentor, and a real chance of achieving a dream! Today it all came together, and I covered over 170 kilometers of wild African cliffs, mountains and beautiful villages perched on peaks.  I connected countless thermals some times skimming in only a couple hundred feet above wild ridge top villages.  The children would run out to see me in my Paraglider, and wave and cheer as I was yarded into the sky riding a bucking bronco of heated rising air at around 1200 feet a minute.  My ears popped as I rocketed up through the atmosphere!  At times, I was psychologically maxed out, but I knew I had to stay focused and in the game. Safely back at our base at the Kerio view hotel, it窶冱 hard for me to fully comprehend what just happened!  I took my body on an outrageous 7 hour journey through the sky, interacting with the landscape in a way that is impossible to completely convey, but that I would describe as outrageous, absurd, and spiritual.  I窶况e joked that paragliding is 窶彜ky Crack,窶 but the truth is that I窶冦 absolutely addicted to this sport, and there is something totally psychotropic about entering the macro world of birds, and using all of your training, creativity, and mental stamina to cover long distances of unmotorized flight.  I窶况e achieved my goal of tagging the 100 mile benchmark, but tomorrow, I窶冤l try for 200km, and then, I窶冤l gun for 200 miles someday.  I窶况e always been obsessive, and goal oriented, and flying Paraglider窶冱 is becoming as special to me as climbing or filmmaking for channeling that energy into.  With that said, I窶冦 going to go grab a much needed beer, and try to unpack what just happened today!!!! Wooohoooo!!!
@jimmy_chin sporting classic #tnfantarctica17 expedition hair!  I first met Jimmy 20 years ago, in Camp 4 in Yosemite. We ended up jamming on our Guitars for hours that day. Back then we were both full on dirtbags and super obsessed climbers, with more free time, then spare change!  I don窶冲 think Jimmy had even picked up a camera yet, but if you aren窶冲 living offline, you probably know that Jimmy is one of the most accomplished and recognized adventure photographers in the world.  Back then, I was working for Yosemite search and rescue, and was fully dedicated to being the best climber I could be, and had the unabashed dream of making a living climbing!  By tenacity and luck, I finagled maybe the best sponsorship a Climber could dream of, a spot on @thenorthface climbing team!  Jimmy had signed on the TNF team a few years before, and soon there Jimmy and I were on an airplane with Kevin Thaw to Mali Africa to explore and climb the wild five fingers of The Hand of Fatima. I was a complete world traveling Newb then, whereas Jimmy was pretty seasoned.  At one point Jimmy watched in horror, as I threw bags of candy into a crowd of school kids, trying to make friends, but inciting more of a riot than anything.  Soon after that trip, Jimmy窶冱 photography career went ballistic, and Jimmy was shooting a feature for @natgeo about Yosemite climbing! I made sure to shoot one day with Jimmy on a wild roof called the Gravity Ceiling!  I joked with Jimmy that I would give him my first born if he got me in Nat Geo. The thought of being in the pages of the biggest magazine in the world, one I had read since I could read, was pretty exciting. Luckily Jimmy got an outrageous photo that day, and I ended up in a two page spread in National Geographic! I was stoked, and Jimmy still jokes that I owe him. Jimmy now lives A celebrity窶冱 life in NYC, with two kids and a bad ass film director wife! Jimmy is the most Baller guy I know! On this recent expedition to Antarctica, Jimmy and I reminisced quite a bit. That day jamming in Camp 4, we had no idea where life would take us, and how fortunate we would be!  And...Jimmy窶冱 still got it!  He bagged an FA with @conrad_anker on Ulvetanna汨