EXPLORERS REVEAL PERFECT CORONAVIRUS ISOLATION TECHNIQUE AS THEY SET UP CAMP ON CLIFF LEDGE
By Mike Jones
Adrenaline junkies have set up camp on the ledge of a cliff in the perfect coronavirus isolation technique.
Photographer Alex Eggermont took these snaps in his home town Squamish, Canada where him and two friends set up a portaledge – a deployable hanging tent system designed for rock climbers who spend multiple days and nights on a big wall climb.
The 29-year-old, along with friends James Wilson and Jamie Finlayson, believe the hanging tent offers the best social distancing strategy – despite is leaving them within inches of falling to their deaths.
Alex said: “Sleeping on it was uncomfortable, portaledges never give you the greatest nights sleep in terms of comfort.
“But when you realise where you are, under the stars, with no one, having the best balcony to enjoy the sunset – it’s pretty magical.
“You’re constantly attached and it’s very safe, you usually don’t feel scared on this as it’s less exposed than the actual climbing.
“When people use these portaledges, they are for remote and hard missions so they don’t bother taking extra weight, but it’s obviously a little extra to enjoy a good beer or a bottle of wine in such unique places – tastes 10 times better than on the ground.
“Sleeping on a wall requires big-wall techniques. You need to think straight, efficient and organised. Time is precious and the smallest mistake can make you loose an hour of light.”