Mountain Music: Climbers Jam Out Inside Portaledge

An iPod might be lighter, but for these climbers it’s just not the same.

For more than five years, climbers Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse, and Stéphane Hanssens have been climbing together and making their own music on the mountain.

They usually take out their instruments and have a portaledge jam session when waiting for snow to pass or at the end of a long day.

On their latest expedition, climber and filmmaker Evrard Wendenbaum joined the team to climb and document the adventure. He recently released a video of the team making music high up the South Pillar of the Kyzyl Asker in Western China during a snowstorm. —Amy Oberbroeckling



Check out some of their earlier mountain jam sessions in the videos below…





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Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.