N-ice night for a climb: Ice climbers enjoy starry night sky as they scale frozen waterfall
These striking images show ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls beneath incredible night skies.
Pictured against a stunning mix of celestial skies and shooting stars, the brave mountaineers were welcomed with stunning views as they made their way up the ice covered cascades.
Taken at various Canadian national parks such as, Kootenay National Park and Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, most of the sights are only accessible in the winter when the temperature becomes cold enough to freeze the normally fast flowing waterfalls.
Chosen for their picturesque locations, Canadian photographer, Paul Zizka, 35, ventured out on particularly clear nights in an attempt to capture the stars in all their glory.
By using a long exposure on his camera and only a small climbing lamp for light, Paul was able to capture both the crystal blue falls and sparkling night sky above.
However, despite the serene surroundings the sport isn’t without its risks as explorers, Mike Stuart, Seb Boulton and Jonathan Fox braved temperatures of -30C as well as avalanche hazards, loose ice and of course the chance of falling.
Paul said: “I do pick and choose the waterfalls I photograph, I choose the ones that have that additional level of interest, whether it’s big scenery, dead trees, open water, caves or a canyon for example.
“Most of the nights we went out there was a really clear night sky, it really helps when trying to capture the beauty of the night sky.
“It’s exciting to get to photograph some of these locations as they are only accessible for a limited period of time every year.
“It’s harder to climb at night especially as the only light source comes from one’s own headlamp.
“Ice climbing does involve dealing with significant objective hazard, including, at times, falling ice, avalanche hazard, the elements in general and the potential for a fall.”