MSP heads to Peru for 2014 film
Mission to Peru
Matchstick Productions sent a crew of filmers and athletes to Peru's Cordillera Blanca in June to attempt to ski Alpamayo, which has never been skied, and Quitaraju, which is rarely skied, for their 2014 ski film.
Pro skiers James Heim and Sam Anthamatten were joined by international mountain guide Adrian Ballinger, backcountry cinematographer Canyon Florey and MSP filmers Scott Gaffney and Jason Ebelheiser.
A New Step
High-altitude ski mountaineering was a new challenge for Heim, who's used to flashing big peaks at home in British Columbia, but he decided he was up for the challenge.
Matchstick Productions won't be releasing a film this fall; instead they'll wait to roll out a two-year project that will debut in the fall of 2014. Here, they load camera gear for the long trek into base camp.
Acclaimed ice-climber, mountain guide and professional freeskier, Sam Anthamatten has competed on the Freeride World Tour and guided skiers all around the world from his home base in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Pro skier James Heim on the hike into base camp. After a few days of approach hikes, the team arrived at their base camp at 14,000 feet.
After analyzing conditions, the team opted out from attempting a first ski descent of Alpamayo and instead chose to climb and ski nearby Quitaraju.
In the Cordillera Blanca, peaks soar above 20,000 feet, glaciers, while shrinking, are constantly tumbling and moving and as Heim says, "The ice you hit in Peru is not like the ice in Canada."
Happy To Be Down
After 10 hours, they crew finally made it down an ice-covered Quitaraju. "We were all high-fiving and really happy to have made it down," says Heim.