Don’t lose your cool: Images show nail-biting moment brave ice climbers scale 300ft frozen waterfall
These breathtaking images show a pair of brave climbers trying to keep their cool while scaling a 300 foot frozen waterfall.
Clinging to the slippery surface of the natural ice structure, experienced climbers Larry Shiu, 30, and Jonathan Fox, 30, know that one wrong move could be the difference between life or death.
Pictured here using little more than basic climbing gear, more than 300 feet of ice stands between the daredevils and the summit of the vertical ice wall dubbed the ‘Rainbow Serpent’.
The amazing snaps were taken by Australian photographer John Price, 28, at the Ghost River Valley during an expedition to the Canadian Rockies of Alberta.
The glacier carved valley, which is a world-class spot for ice climbing, is home to a number of frozen waterfalls, ranging from 100 feet to longer, 1,000 foot climbs.
Adventure photographer John, from Canberra, Australia, said: “The conditions at Ghost River Valley are always challenging, ice climbing is exposed, cold and often wet.
“The climbs are not there year round, only in the winter.
“They are formed by what is called a ‘melt freeze cycle’ where snow accumulating above will settle, then slowly melt and refreeze while dripping down the wall.
“That is how these giant ice climbs are formed. They are not all necessarily flowing waterfalls in summertime and some of these climbs never form and will go years without appearing.”
Braving winter temperatures as low as -7degrees Centigrade, John, whose kit included ice axes, ice screws, a head torch, a harness and his trusty Canon 6D Camera, was able to climb the waterfall to take the incredible snaps.
He said: “It can be very hard at times, there is suffering no doubt.
“It also takes motivation, sometimes you just want to climb and leave the camera at home, switch off and just enjoy the day but I love photographing climbing, it is my strongest passion in life after climbing.
“Combining these two passions inspires me deeply and I love capturing the greatest moments of my life and telling stories of both the unique places and the climbers.
While John made it home from his expedition unscathed, ice climbing can be a risky activity, with dangerous climbs often resulting in fatality.
Last month, Australian Michael Taylor, 29, plummeted more than 300m to his death while climbing a glacier in Canada.
It is believed the mountaineer was using minimal climbing equipment when attempting to scale the Stadium Glacier on Sky Pilot Mountain in Squamish, Vancouver.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering massive trauma to his head.