Camels Are Never Cold | A Film About Freeski Mountaineering in Mongolia
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Name : Thomas Andrillon
Link : https://vimeo.com/68851993
Summary : *Camels Are Never Cold*
A Film About Freeski Mountaineering in Mongolia
In May 2013, four Austrian freeskiers and two cameramen went to the
Tavan Bogd mountain range bordering Mongolia, China and Russia. The
intention was to hike and ski lines and peaks in an extremely remote area.
They came back with tales of endless landscape and impressive mountains, sunny ascents and first descents, bitter coldness and glorious sunsets, friendly open locals and funny furry animals.
With the help of a local expedition agency who handled the logistics of
the trip they set up basecamp next to the vast Potanin glacier. Over the next two weeks they climbed and skied unnamed colouirs and the summits of Naramdal and Naran, but were forced to turn back 50 meters below Monglia’s highest peak, Khuiten. Again, the weather had chucked in a rapid snowstorm coming from China.
Life in the basecamp turned harsh after two snowstorms hit the tents.
Coldness and strong winds where constant companions on the second part
of their stay, and everyone struggled through their own
personal problems. Precise planning was an integral part, the daily
weather report from Innsbruck via satellite phone a neccessity. Every
night the intended program for the next day – hiking peaks or colouirs,
filming aspects and personal preferences – was discussed in lengthy debates.
The trip ended with an overload of impressions, both from a freeski
mountaineering and a cultural perspective. The team overcame the
conditions, climbed and skied some impressive lines, and returned with a better understanding of the Mongolian culture and people and an honest appreciation of a good down jacket.