Mike Lewis / June 14
Mountain Standards: IFMGA/AMGA guide Mike Lewis tested the heavy yet durable Trango Cirrus helmet. He writes: "I have first-hand experience of working for a guide service that made the mistake of purchasing a full fleet of lightweight helmets, many of which didn't make it through the first month. The Cirrus is an excellent choice for program use.... The Cirrus is built not only for top impact, like most climbing helmets, but also for side and rear impacts as well, making the Cirrus a viable option for ski-mountaineering.... Expedition mountaineers, riggers, and other users will appreciate the toughness of the Cirrus as well." Five stars. 5 out of 5 stars
From March 19-25, 2017, Mike Libecki shared some stories and photos with the #AlpinistCommunityProject about an expedition to Greenland in 2015 to climb a remote, unclimbed peak, which he'd named the Polar Bear Fang after finding it on maps and reconnoitering the approach by boat on different trips through the years. He had tried to reach the Fang--which he is certain is in a never-before visited area--on several occasions, but he had been shut down nearly every time because of sea ice, and once because there were too many polar bears to get off the boat. On this last attempt, he'd planned to go alone, but that quickly changed.