Despite living in a country where big ice formations are nonexistent, Héctor Ponce de Léon and Daniel Araiza, prepare themselves to become the first mexican iceclimbers on conquering Slipstream, a frozen waterfall of a thousand meters high, located on the Canadian Rockys. This documentary shortfilm narrates their path and the obstacles they have to overcome to reach their dream.
We've worked with Daniel before, and he thught it would be a good idea for us to come along and document the adventure. and so we did.
We are strong believers that the best things are done by people who are passionate about what they do. Once more, Hector and Daniel proved it. Their determination is admirable and inspiring.
HECTOR PONCE DE LEON
Hector is one of the last climbers that lived the golden age of mexican alpnism. Amongst his greatest achievements is the south face of the Aconcagua, Broad Peak, Ama Dablam, Everest and many more.
He started climbing in the lates 70's, when the Popocatéptl and Iztaccíhuatl still had huge glaciers.
Daniel is almost half of Hector's age. He started climbing at nine years old.
We've known Daniel for sevral years now; we started collaborating with him in other projects like Línea Directa.
"The truth is that climbing mountains makes me feel free; and it's that kind of freedom I want to hold on to... I've made it my passion".
Slipstream is the biggest ice waterfall in the world. At least 12 people have lost their lives trying to climb it. It's a vertical ascension of 950 meters (3116.8 feet) high. The ultimate goal for many ice climbers.
One of the main challenges of this project definitely was the unstable climate. The ice they were going to climb had ice crust, rain crust… the terrain was very complex.
On may 2016, Hector and Daniel departed to Alaska with 15 days to achive the second goal of Ice Calling: the lengendary Mount Huntington.
Once more, their determination of climbing Mount Huntington was greater than the unfavorable climate.