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