Incredible snaps show daredevil climber relaxing at dizzying heights

Don’t look down! These incredible snaps show a daredevil climber chilling out as she leans back for a rest – halfway up a jagged CLIFF.

Rannveig Aamodt climbing up the rock face at St Photis

Rannveig Aamodt climbing up the rock face at St Photis

Fearless Rannveig Aamodt, 31, decided to take a break halfway up the rock face at St Photis on the island of Kalymnos, Greece.

These nail-biting snaps of Rannveig leaning back high above the crystal blue sea as she lets go of the cliff are jaw-dropping – but it’s just an average day for the brave professional climber.

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

The amazing pictures were snapped by her husband, photographer Nathan Welton – the couple, who live in Colorado, spend their winters travelling around the globe in search of new adventures.

Rannveig, who has been climbing for 15 years, said: “The route is about 30 to 35 meters long and climbs through a cave that is 45 degrees overhanging.

Rannveig Aamodt climbing up the rock face at St Photis

Rannveig Aamodt climbing up the rock face at St Photis

“It’s a stunning location because the cliff is high up on a steep hillside, above the ocean in a wild section of coastline – it’s absolutely beautiful.”

After climbing up the rocky cliff, Rannveig relaxes with a move called a double knee bar – which allows climbers to put their weight through their legs when they are wedged in between the rock, so their arms can rest.

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

Rannveig said: “At the end of a very steep section of climbing, when your arms are tired, finding a double knee bar like this is a gift!

“I am probably about 20 metres off the ground, but it felt much higher because of the position of the cliff on the steep hillside.

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

Rannveig Aamodt relaxing back as she climbs on the Island of Kalymnos

“It’s a great feeling to be able to let go with your hands and recover – it’s a bit of a rush to lean back because you’re so exposed.”

Nathan, 38, said: “As a photographer, I enjoy routes with a knee bar rest because they can make for pretty cool pictures in unlikely locations.

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“I like to think of climbing as a dance, or an athletic jigsaw puzzle.”