Mountain climbing, especially in winter is an exciting and challenging sport.
Evaluating the amount of loose snow and ice on a rock face, and anticipating the ever-changing weather conditions while sucking high altitude air, can influence the next spot you decide to plant your ice axe.
Looking up, a climber’s technical knowledge, fitness level, hydration intake, and body temperature, all have to be evaluated properly to match the degree the tectonic plates clashed millions of years ago.
I always marvel at the skill of a climber who is also the photographer. They carry the same gear, plus their camera gear, hold onto the same rock face, and then scale to a vantage point that will make a compelling image.
Yet, as a spectator, appearances can be deceiving. I’ve included the accompanying photograph below to illustrate how composition and focal length can make an easy technical climb look like something more precarious. One climber, one “well positioned” photographer….. and one wide angle lens.
Side note: Just off camera there was an assistant holding my cup of coffee.