Kurt Astner climbing Moonlight Buttress
The last six weeks has been full of traveling, visiting friends, climbing, and of course shooting it all for both work and fun. But now, life on the road is a wrap. Swapping a car full of climbing gear for a tiny backpack, sandals, and simple camera set up, we are now bound for Vietnam and Cambodia to do personal work. Our 2010 mountain sport shoot schedule is finished.
It ended appropriately with a perfect shoot on one of the best free climbs in America; Zion National Park’s Moonlight Buttress, 5.12d.
Our great friend and Italian climbing star, Kurt Astner, did Moonlight Buttress a couple of days after settling into Zion’s style. I was thrilled when Kurt agreed to go right back on the route the very next day. So good was Moonlight (and so fit is Kurt), that he was actually happy to go lap some of the best pitches, which it turns out, is pretty much all of them.
Together with Thomas Engl, we walked to the top in pre-dawn darkness, rapped in, and began shooting golden sunrise light on the top pitches. This was the day.