[Pics] Seven Amazing Climbing Photos And How They Were Made

When it comes to getting the shot, I can't think of many genres of photography where more guts are required than that of climbing photography. Not only do the climbers have to scale seemingly impossible routes, but the photographers are more often than not right on the wall with the climbers, lugging DSLRs and a few lenses up with them too.

A recent article on the Sierra Club website discussed the logistics of pulling off these epic climbing photography shots with their creators.

"I'd been waiting for years to shoot photos on the Innominata Ridge. It's a stunning knife edge that splits the immense south face of Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe. I got this photo at sunrise as my partner, Ally Swinton, climbed along the terribly exposed ridge."
—Jonathan Griffith

Johnathan Griffith

"This photo of Chris Alstrin on Grandma's Glass was taken just before midnight in Ouray, Colorado. Sun seldom hits this narrow gorge, and the idea was to create a sunbeam-shaft look."
—Keith Ladzinski

Keith Ladzinski

"This is James Pearson making the sketchy first ascent of the Arch of Bishekele in Chad's Ennedi Desert. Besides the challenges of a remote location and technical rigging, I had to deal with extreme heat, sandstorms, and knife-wielding bandits before I got this shot."
—Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin

To get this photo of Joe Kinder climbing in Utah's Hurricave, my friend Seth Giles helped me haul up and place all the lighting equipment, which took about five hard hours."
—Keith Ladzinski

Keith Ladzinksi

The entire article, which goes into a bit more detail about each of the above shots and includes three more photos and descriptions, can be seen at the Sierra Club website. Good luck not getting sweaty palms looking at these.

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Mark Kauzlarich's picture

Keith is at the top of the game when it comes to climbing photography. As you can see his photos are simply amazing because of the lighting alone. He is truly one of the few climbing photographers who will extensively light climbing photos, to great effect. Jimmy also has some photos on his website that were shot on El Capitan with some creative use of a single speedlight.

Personally, I don't think the work is that terrifying when I do it, but I don't spend my days hanging off 2,000 foot cliff faces. The biggest takeaway for me is how hard it is. Rigging, whether it be one rope or a creative rope system, can be a bear.

Matteo Domenico's picture

You've forgot an "h" in the above link.
The Sierra Club link point to "ttp://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201203/high-art/default101.aspx" which is obviously missing the first "h" ;)

Stunning pics, btw :D

Matteo Domenico's picture


p.s. It took me 5 months to see your reply... not bad :D

Awesome :) I take pictures in a bouldering gym occasionally, thought it was hard to get anything more exciting than the common butt shot there, but after seeing these I guess I shouldn't be complaining