No need to go to Iceland when Italy looks like this! 😉
Mottaletta is this incredible little unknown town in the mountains of Madesimo. Its population is like 2 people and it has one of most gorgeous views I’ve ever seen.
Lots of my favourite shots ice climbing are with a long lens from far away. I feel it gives a sense of scale to what the person in the photo is partaking in. Also, I usually find top down ice shots to be repetitive, it’s hard to get a ‘unique’ shot when the movements themselves are repetitive. Swing, kick, kick, swing, lather, rinse, repeat. I get stoked when a climb is high off the deck though and how with a really wide angle lens the exposure can be portrayed. On single pitch ice routes though I find it hard to capture an inspirational top-down shot, a documenting style shot, sure no problem, a good shot, that’s easy but getting one that is unique on specifically just an ice route, not mixed is hard. Then this one day I shot @taniyan_8000 on Pilsner Pillar and got to watch him pull mixed-style climbing moves but on ice. Swapping tools, matching, flagging, all kinds of tool trickery, not to mention the stemming and chimneying before he reached this spot. Often, I find it quicker to top rope a pitch to get into position for shots on ice, for me I usually find it faster than jugging (I’ve only ever jugged a couple pitches of ice though). On this day I thought it might be fun for @ridgelineguiding to counter weight me and zip me up the pitch fast. I can’t remember if it was cold or late in the day but we were in a bit of a rush. Pat made a bomber anchor and I clipped in short on a bight. When he leaned back to be lowered it didn’t suck me up the route but it sure gave me a boost, every time I even thought about moving higher it magically happened with the smallest of effort as Pat’s weight was pulling me up. Not a trick that’s used everyday as you have to have the right partners to be willing to do that ha.