Spokane’s Jess Roskelley, Scott Coldiron make long list for one of the world’s most prestigious climbing awards

AP

Print Article

Spokane climbers Scott Coldiron and the late Jess Roskelley have made the long list for one of the world’s most prestigious climbing awards.

The Piolets d’Or (or Golden Ice Ax) released a list of 58 significant ascents from 2018. On it was Coldiron and Roskelley’s successful November climb of a 2,600-foot gully on A Peak in the Cabinet Mountains, detailed by a cover story in the Spokesman-Review.

“I really liked the fact that the climb that Jess and I did is the only climb from the lower 48 … on the list,” Coldiron said. “I’m really happy that was a climb I did with Jess and it was our last climb together … I’m really happy to have that memory with Jess.”

In April, Roskelley, 36, was killed when a cornice broke above him while descending from Howse Peak in Canada with Austrian climbers David Lama, 28, and Hansjörg Auer, 35. The trio, all North Face sponsored athletes, were testing new gear for the company.

One of Roskelley’s climbs in Pakistan was also included on the list as wells as climb’s that Lama and Auer completed.

According to the Piolets d’Or website the list honors “significant, innovative ascents in most mountain regions of the world, climbed during 2018, in alpine style, and without using drilled equipment.”

The new climb, which Roskelley and Coldiron named Canmore Wedding Party (AI5 M7, 2,625 feet), was a difficult and bold two-day climb in one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Lower 48.

For the past four years Coldiron has developed new ice and mixed (climbing that involves both rock and ice) routes in the Cabinet Mountains around Granite Lake. He’s dubbed the area the “Thunderdome.”

Coldiron, who works full time for the Spokane City Fire Department, learned about the list via Jess’ father, former world-class alpine climber John Roskelley.

“John sent me a text saying, ‘Congratulations you and Jess were included on the Piolets d’Or long list,’” Coldiron said. “And I thought he’d sent it to the wrong person because Jess climbed with a lot of famous climbers.”

Climbing in the Cabinets is a labor of love. With emphasis on the labor. During the winter Coldiron has to ski between 6 and nine miles to reach the lake. It’s a remote and infrequently visited area, although it boasts world-class climbing.

“To me it’s something rather in the spirit of alpine ascents,” Coldiron said. “Finding an area that no one else is doing anything else in.”

John Roskelley, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, 2014.

The 2018 Piolets d’Or award will be awarded at the Ladek Mountain Festival in Poland Sept. 19 to 22, 2019.

Print Article

Read More Sports

Idaho State football to net nearly $1 million from money games; Ryan Looney gets 5-year contract

AP

July 16, 2019 at 5:00 am | The Idaho State football team is set to bring in nearly $1 million from its nonconference schedule this season. The Bengals’ “money games” Sept. 14 at Utah ($550,000) and Nov. 16 at BYU ($475,000...

Comments

Read More

Minor League Report: Monday’s Northwest League and Texas Rangers affiliate results

AP

July 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Northwest League Spokane 5, Everett 4: Jonah McReynolds hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to break a tie game and the Spokane Indians edged the Everett AquaSox 5-4 at Avista Stadium. T...

Comments

Read More

Idaho State football picked to finish 7th in Big Sky Conference preseason polls (copy)

AP

July 15, 2019 at 8:13 am | The Idaho State football team was picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference standings by the league’s coaches and media. The Big Sky’s preseason polls were released Monday. ISU received ...

Comments

Read More

Sports Log

AP

July 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm | On this day ... JULY 14, 1912 — Jim Thorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics and, in the closing ceremony, Sweden’s King Gustav proclaimed Thorpe the world’s greatest athlete. Today...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2019 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X