November 14, 2011
Last spring skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and snowboarder Lucas Debari took their riding to the biggest mountain in North America — Alaska's 20,320-foot Denali. While the seasoned North Face athletes have spent plenty of time in the backcountry and at high elevation, climbing a peak above 14,000 feet is a different ball game and requires a mountaineering skill set. It's more about the challenge of climbing such a massive peak than simply skiing it.
In the short web film titled "The Denali Experiment," Sage and Lucas step out of their elements and make an attempt to climb and ride Denali. As the two embark on the hardest expedition of their lives, they get a helping hand from professional climbers and ski mountaineers on The North Face team: Hilaree O'Neill, Conrad Anker, Ingrid Backstrom, Jim Zellers, Emilio Previtali and Giulia Monego.
Watch the film's two-minute teaser above. Keep an eye out for the full 15-minute edit that drops in a week or two.