Climbing, writing and photography. Three separate pursuits that often intersect. Which of the three is most valuable?
When writing about the climb, I assume you want to see photos and videos. These media arguably convey the greatest sense of place in a story centered on that subject. However, this often requires a lot of extra work (pull out the camera, posing in that perfect spot, halt upward momentum for a quick video log or even bring an extra team member for comprehensive documentation) and serves as a distraction. Distractions which last just seconds, but which accumulate over the course of an objective ultimately influencing the outcome.
What would make that story better? Should we, in the future, increase expedition costs and environmental impacts to bring along a third person? Should we take more time on the route (given a decent weather window) to document with greater detail?
Does media share equal importance with the climbing objective?