Episode 10 - NWO Ice and Mixed Ace Dave Rone
On today’s episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with someone who is well known in the ice and mixed climbing scene in Northern Ontario, Dave Rone. Dave has been making trips to the region since the early 80’s, and in that time has made a huge contribution to the ice and mixed routes in Orient and Kama Bay – as they say, Eric Landmann wrote the book, but Dave Rone put up the routes to fill it. Dave has made many trips to the Rockies, including notable ascents of Cryophobia M8 WI5+, Replicant WI6, Suffer Machine M7 WI5, Sea of Vapours WI6 (with an improvised harness), Real Big Drip M8 WI6, and the very impressive Gimme Shelter WI7. Outside of the Rockies, Dave has climbed in Patagonia, Quebec, Norway and elsewhere in the US. Dave is also a rep for Petzl in the US.Dave was up here this winter for a week of climbing, and also gave a fantastic presentation at ice fest, so I was stoked to be able to connect with him on one of his rest days to record this conversation. We talked about climbing in NWO, gear, partnership, and grades (including the mythical grade of WI7). I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.