Ice ice baby! Adrenaline junkies caught climbing frozen waterfalls
These are the magnificent pictures of adrenalin junkies climbing frozen waterfalls.
Photographer, Eric Esterle, witnessed people climbing the frozen waterfalls during a trip to the Canadian Rockies, Alberta Canada.
He has combined the best photos from several different locations including Louse Falls in Banff National Park, Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise and Maligne Canyon, located in Jasper National Park.
Eric said: “I love the snow and cold and wanted to spend time there during the winter months.
“I was quite surprised to see the climbers.
“I’m used to spending more time in remote areas and almost didn’t stop at Lake Louise for this reason.
“That’s the beauty of it though, the convenience makes it one of the more active falls to climb.
“There are some extremely harrowing icefalls off the Icefields Parkway that are quite inaccessible.
“The climbers here were making their ascent up the icefalls with a left-center pitch, securing ropes with screws and digging their axes and crampons in as they climbed.”
Some of the waterfalls were around 110 meters high and areas suitable to climb were dependant on water flow and weather temperatures.
Eric added: “Even the best climbers are at the mercy of the conditions and unforeseen dangers, and that’s the beauty of it.
“If it were completely safe everyone would do it.
“There is the real danger of avalanche and large ice pillars falling during certain situations, which has happened here a few times.”
Lake Louise is about a mile long and Louise Falls are even longer, Eric needed a special lens called a telephoto so he could capture the people on the mountains.
Eric said: “Being like-minded I wanted to climb with them and photograph them, but I was happy for them especially when they made the final the ascent.
“Icefalls are simply a beautiful moment. It’s a small triumph and it will be these small wins that people reflect back on and feel alive. This is living, and I’m photographing it.”