Congratulations Greg Hill, 2 Million Vert Feet in a Year


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 3, 2011      

Greg Hill is a manimal; it is difficult to find words which describe the man better than that. But we should try. Greg is so much more. Family guy. Lover of mountains. Tree planter. Beyond all that, with this accomplishment Greg is planting so much beyond trees — he’s helping us all to look to new heights; new goals.

How much can you do in a year? And I don’t just mean skiing, or work, or money. How much can you love in a year? How much can you contribute in year to your family, your world? Athletic feats can seem selfish and narrow, but they’re often not, and Greg’s is a good example of that. His quest is all about inspiration, and how the human spirit reaches for the stars, and in doing so goes new and wonderful places.

Thanks Greg.

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Oh, and 2 million vert feet = 609,600 meters, for those who want to know. As to why Greg didn’t go metric, that is indeed a mystery.



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15 Responses to “Congratulations Greg Hill, 2 Million Vert Feet in a Year”

  1. jake January 3rd, 2011 10:18 am

    Greg went with feet cause they are smaller, and thusly 2 million sounds more impressive than 600,000. So it says on his blog.

  2. Lou January 3rd, 2011 10:27 am

    Reasonable, really, as it was an arbitrary goal anyway. I wonder what all the metric chauvinists think about a Canadian going with feet instead of meters.

    Next up, a million meters in a year?

  3. Matt January 3rd, 2011 10:43 am

    This Canadian still talks feet for a lot of backcountry skiing. But a ski partner of mine has made it his goal to make us think in metres by the end of the season.

  4. Lou January 3rd, 2011 10:56 am

    The fun meter has both feet and meters on it, or at least mine does (grin).

  5. Mark January 3rd, 2011 11:42 pm

    Pretty fantastic feat, Greg. Way to go.

  6. gringo January 4th, 2011 4:45 am

    i use meters…but 2 million feet sounds way radder than 609,000 meters.
    big round numbers…just like we all like our paychecks, right!?

  7. andrew C January 4th, 2011 11:33 am

    Amazing accomplishment. Nice one Greg. We Canadians tend to be a little inconsistent when it comes to the metric system. People younger than 30 use it more often and it really depends on what it is one is measuring. For skiing/climbing I use feet to describe what I have climbed and meters when discussing elevation. No one ever said it had to make a sense, right?

  8. Oli C January 4th, 2011 1:05 pm

    as andrew c says, no ever said it had to make sense.

    as a brit who’s lived, worked, travelled in europe for several years now metres do make sense. my dad still uses ‘yards’ over here, yards….!?!?!?!

    2mill sounds much better, and its a hell of achievement whatever! its inspired me just not just for skinning and powder descents, but just to try and reach my goals in life.

    well done greg!

  9. Lou January 4th, 2011 1:20 pm

    I’m as psyched as ever on the uphill, and the “rise” of Greg since his 24 Hours of Sunlight record has a lot to do with that. Never thought much of that phrase “it’s all about the down.” Seems weird for a bunch of climbers to come up with that, no less… Like meters and feet, it’s all about… both.

  10. Mark W January 4th, 2011 6:22 pm

    2 million vert is like 10,000 feet/day for 200 days, or, in Greg’s case, 5495 vertical feet per day for 364 days! Unreal!

  11. brian p. harder January 6th, 2011 8:53 am

    Oh, come on, Lou. “It’s all about the down” is what sells bigger and badder skis and boots. Show me the money! Not that lighter and faster is cheap, just not as sexy. When TGR starts making movies about rando racing we’ll know that the tide is turning. Don’t hold yer breath.

    You’ll appreciate this:
    http://getstrongergolonger.squarespace.com/journal/2011/1/3/light-and-fast-introduction.html

  12. Lou January 6th, 2011 9:57 am

    As far as TGR is concerned, no problem with holding breath. They’re good, but just a niche.

  13. Oli C January 6th, 2011 11:24 am

    i got DEEPER on dvd for christmas from my bro. really good for a TGR film.

  14. Jim January 6th, 2011 12:34 pm

    Greg Hill on his site says he uses a jetboil for longer tours or 2L bottle water for short. Lou mentioned using a thermos on Denali. Can experienced folk advise benefits cons of jetboil (15oz ) v thermos (15oz) for one day midwinter tour with 2 people? I have trouble with water freezing.

  15. Randonnee January 6th, 2011 12:58 pm

    Inspiring! Greg Hill seems humble and low key. He gives the impression that he loves to tour and loves the mountains, bravo! On his blog he mentions his three ski choices and two boots. Those skis are the Dynafit Stoke, Manaslu, and Seven Summit Superlight. That is the heart of my personal ski quiver! Don’t think I will get a million or two feet, however, ever!

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