N-ice day for a climb

Posted: March 4, 2014 by kirisyko in Climbing, Ice Climbing
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Clinging to the frozen surface of the waterfall, 1,000 foot off the ground, with nothing but basic climbing equipment keeping you there, brave climber Calixte LeBlanc knows one false move would almost guarantee a grisly demise.

These amazing photos were taken by Canadian adventure sports photographer Alain Denis, 41, on a trip to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada.

During a four month visit the pair scaled 20 different frozen waterfalls ranging in size from 100ft to 1,000ft.

Calixte LeBlanc (pictured) climbing a frozen waterfall called the 'Weeping Wall' in the Rocky Mountains area of Alberta, Canad

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Calixte LeBlanc (pictured) climbing a frozen waterfall called the ‘Weeping Wall’ in the Rocky Mountains area of Alberta, Canad

 

Scaling around 20 waterfalls in total over just four months, Alain and Calixte climbed frozen ice mounting anything from 100 to 1000 feet

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Scaling around 20 waterfalls in total over just four months, Alain and Calixte climbed frozen ice mounting anything from 100 to 1000 feet

 

Using just ice tools, ice screws, crampons and a harness, Alain and his climbing partner Calixte LeBlanc were able to climb the waterfall in temperatures of -15 degrees

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Using just ice tools, ice screws, crampons and a harness, Alain and his climbing partner Calixte LeBlanc were able to climb the waterfall in temperatures of -15 degrees

 

Alain Denis, of Quebec, said: 'The main thing for me, however, was embracing the beauty of the amazing landscape.'

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Alain Denis, of Quebec, said: ‘The main thing for me, however, was embracing the beauty of the amazing landscape.’

 

Canadian adventure sport photographer Alain Denis, 41, captured these spectacular images of frozen waterfalls on a trip to the Rocky Mountains area of Alberta, Canada

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Canadian adventure sport photographer Alain Denis, 41, captured these spectacular images of frozen waterfalls on a trip to the Rocky Mountains area of Alberta, Canada

 

Mr Denis, of Adele, Quebec, said: ‘Climbing these waterfalls I felt joy, pain and many scary moments.

‘The main thing for me, however, was embracing the beauty of the amazing landscape.

‘Most ice climbs are very spectacular, as the formations and the colour of the ice are always stunning.

‘Ice climbing is a different challenge than warm summer rock climbing, as you have to deal with the cold weather, and all the extra clothes and gear you have to wear and carry.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572842/N-ICE-day-climb-Amazing-pictures-brave-climber-scaling-1-000ft-frozen-waterfall-basic-safety-equipment.html#ixzz2v0BnsZvy

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