Arc'teryx photographer Angela Percival recently boarded a helicopter with Arc'athletes Jason Kruk and Paul McSorley, heading to the Tantalus Range for a photo & video shoot of an upcoming Alpine Climbing collection. Here is her expedition report, including an extensive gear list:
The Tantalus Range is always a favourite shoot location for Alpine Climbing as it's close (less than an hour from Arc'HQ), exceptionally scenic, and it never fails to deliver the film and photo goods. With the perfectly placed deluxe digs of the Jim Haberl Hut as a basecamp, and only a ten-minute heli approach, the Tantalus Range provides perfect conditions for scenic climbing right here in our own backyard on BC's coast – oceans in one direction, mountains in the other.
As most Arc'teryx shoots consist of suspect weather and semi-miserable temps, clouds rolled in right on schedule, delivering fifteen centimeters of snow overnight, dropping the temps from sun-tanning warm to down-wearing cold. Nevertheless, McSorley and Kruk know how to get it done, and despite the milk-bottle visibility, they brought their model game, time after time.
We didn't skimp on photo and video equipment – especially when a heli is involved, we tend to take it all. Next to our climbing kit, we loaded cameras, a full set of lenses, crane, pocket dolly and motor, many batteries, computers, and audio equipment. In our filming kit, we took a couple 5Ds and our climbing filmer, Josh Lavigne, shot on a GH3.
Between packing for the shoot and preparing for a variety of unexpected weather conditions, we brought along a lot of Arc'teryx goodness, including a few secret pieces that we can't talk about just yet.
Here's the list:
Fission SL Jacket
Nuclei Hoody (new for Fall/Winter 2013)
Fortrez Hoody (new for Fall/Winter 2013)