Revival in the Waddington

By Graham Zimmerman, 19 November 2012

  • DATE

    19 November 2012


    Graham Zimmerman


    Alpine & Ice Climbing

Graham, Blake Herrington, Scott Bennett and Forest Woodward spent three weeks exploring granite in the Waddington Range, BC.

Injury. A word that many of us climbers and outdoors folk try to avoid thinking about. We strive to reduce our exposure, but there are always times when, in order to reach our goals, we must stick out our necks. And once in a while, this results in a major set back. 

Over a year ago I had an icicle collapse over me while ice climbing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, in significant injuries. Earlier this fall, I made my return to the big mountains of the world with my good friends Scott, Blake and Forest. We headed into the Waddington range and had an amazing trip. It was the first time that I had felt confident and healed since getting squashed so many months before. This is a short film documenting that journey. Huge thanks to all the folks who were so integral to my recovery and huge thanks to Blake, Scott, and Forest for being such rad partners in such a beautiful range. 

Graham Zimmerman

New Zealand

Twenty-seven year old male. Heavy coffee drinker. Sporter of Moustache. Totally crazy about alpinism and the experiences, challenges and relationships that come from it.

Born in New Zealand raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has opened many new routes on rock, ice and snow.