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'The Solo'

By goatster  
Sometimes the ice is so thin any protection placed is phycological only. Gentle placements and a cool head are needed here.

Taken on my recent trip to Norway, the climber here is my good friend Eric Taylor climbing an unprotectable grade 5 route.

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: pfheyes, bismah, Gavin and 9 more

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pfheyes 17 254 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2005 8:14AM
I think this is a superb image ... you've done well to capture the range of tones here, and the backlighting on the ice emphasises how risky ice climbing can be. Love it.

bismah 17 45
20 Feb 2005 8:31AM
climbing the hanging ice.. wow.. wellcaptured.. the composition is great!!
Falconer 16 16
20 Feb 2005 9:27AM
amazingly captured! I thought I did well today seeing iceicles a meter long!! click
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
20 Feb 2005 10:03AM
excellent composition and capture
steffilewis 17 179 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2005 10:04AM
Goodness! What an amazing image. What an incredibly dangerous thing to do. I'd have maybe dodged the climber to bring out some highlights in him, but a wonderful composition *click*
starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
20 Feb 2005 10:08AM
brave indeed.... wonderful shot,well taken.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
20 Feb 2005 12:08PM
Wow, not for people with vertigo. Great shot. I like the way he almost seems to be hanging on to nothing - like he's almost floating in the air. Excellent capture.

phowtow 17 46
20 Feb 2005 2:03PM
great shot, great sport.
goatster 17 399
20 Feb 2005 11:42PM
Thanks everyone, it is indeed a great sport.

Steff: I actually took the climber down a little to silhoette him against the sky/ice a little.

lobsterboy Plus
17 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2005 6:17AM
Very impresive - I like the way the ice is glowing and he is only just held on by such slender boot points.

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