A few weeks ago, Pat did a reenactment of the first ice climb in Hyalite, Genesis II. He used all same the vintage gear and clothing that Pat Callis did in 1971, including the wool turtleneck knit by Callis’s mother-in-law, the wool knickers and the red wool socks. The coolest part was, Callis, and another of his contemporaries, Chad Chadwick, came along and belayed and climbed.
The whole thing was Jojo’s idea, and was done for a film to be premiered at the Bozeman Ice Fest in December. I came along to watch and rig and shoot b-roll, and ended up making this trailer:
Being around Callis and Chadwick was a highlight for both Pat and me. They still climb really well, and hanging out with them reminded me of why I like climbers so much. They’re both smart, kind, quirky and patient. Although we had an entourage around the re-enactment team, it was still obvious that for all three of them, climbing was about being with friends, being in the mountains, and the pleasure and challenge of moving in steep terrain.