Climbers Conrad Anker and Kris Erickson have known the ultimate loss you can feel: losing a friend to the mountains that you love. The North Face interviewed the two friends, who lost their friend Alex Lowe on an expedition in Tibet to an avalanche. These two friends went on after, they kept hiking, and they kept in the mountains that they both love and respect. To preserve Alex's honor, Conrad and Kris establish and send the Nutcracker, a new ice climb route in Hyalite Canyon, Montana. This is the story of that climb, and the story of how they deal with the hardships of losing a friend to the climb.