Greg Boswell on Ben Nevis
Greg Boswell on Ben Nevis
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Scottish Winter Climbing
Scottish Winter Climbing
Angela VanWiemeersch climbing Savage Slit in the Cairngorms
Angela VanWiemeersch climbing Savage Slit in the Cairngorms
The Blue Hour
The Blue Hour
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The Kuffner Arête, Mont Blanc massif
The Kuffner Arête, Mont Blanc massif
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An Alpine Sunrise
An Alpine Sunrise
Greg Boswell making the first ascent of 'Hanging Garden' VII/8 on Ben Nevis
Greg Boswell making the first ascent of 'Hanging Garden' VII/8 on Ben Nevis
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Exposure on the Kuffner
Exposure on the Kuffner
Green Gully, Ben Nevis
Green Gully, Ben Nevis
Yosemite
Yosemite
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The Haul
The Haul
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Traversing the Aiguille d'Entrèves
Traversing the Aiguille d'Entrèves
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The Aiguille du Midi
The Aiguille du Midi
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Early morning route finding on the Mont Blanc massif
Early morning route finding on the Mont Blanc massif
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
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Greg Boswell on Ben Nevis
Greg Boswell on Ben NevisGreg Boswell showing off some serious skills whilst climbing a steep new mixed line on the east face of Tower Ridge today. The team of Greg, Guy Robertson and Adam Russell named the route 'Frosty's Vigil' VIII/8 after my 6-hour stint hanging on a rope on an exposed ledge to shoot them from above!
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Scottish Winter Climbing
Scottish Winter ClimbingAndy Bryce looking back down the cliffs of Stob Coire nan Lochan after a solo climb up the classic Scottish winter route, Dorsal Arete.
Angela VanWiemeersch climbing Savage Slit in the Cairngorms
Angela VanWiemeersch climbing Savage Slit in the Cairngorms
The Blue Hour
The Blue HourDaybreak on the Flèche Rousse Ridge
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The Kuffner Arête, Mont Blanc massif
The Kuffner Arête, Mont Blanc massifTopping out on the Kuffner Arête, a superb and sustained ridge route leading onto the summit of Mont Maudit. In this view, the entirety of the ridge is laid out below, whilst the striking shape of the Grandes Jorasses can be seen in the top left, with the town of Cormayeur (9000ft below) top right.
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An Alpine Sunrise
An Alpine SunriseTaking on a big route in the mountains generally involves an early start, 3am, sometimes before. This is to maximise the time available in the cold morning hours, when crampons will hold better in the hard snow and before it starts to melt, increasing the danger from rock and serac fall. The first few hours climbing are completely surreal. Half-awake, fumbling through a maze of crevasses in the darkness, with vague outlines of vast mountains looming above you.Even climbing with a partner just a ropes length away, you can feel incredibly alone, contained within a small world made up of the few feet lit up by your head torch. In this state, you lose sense of time. It feels like one of those foggy dreams you think back on the following morning but cannot remember with any clarity. Eventually a glow starts to appear on the horizon, slowly illuminating everything around you and expanding your visible world. When the sun finally rises, everything comes into focus and the scale of your surroundings becomes apparent. The sense of being alone disappears, replaced by a feeling of warmth and comfort as daylight takes hold. I can remember vividly every time I've experienced this, even from my first climbs nearly 10 years ago, and it's something I’m certain I’ll never tire of.
Greg Boswell making the first ascent of 'Hanging Garden' VII/8 on Ben Nevis
Greg Boswell making the first ascent of 'Hanging Garden' VII/8 on Ben Nevis
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Exposure on the Kuffner
Exposure on the KuffnerAntoine Pecher calmly navigating an exposed section of the Kuffner Arete - a brilliant ridge line that leads to the summit of Mont Maudit on the Mont Blanc massif.
Green Gully, Ben Nevis
Green Gully, Ben NevisAl Todd tackling the Grade IV winter route, with skis on back during a ski mountaineering day on Ben Nevis.
Yosemite
YosemiteCaitlin Calhoon in front of Yosemite's famous Half-Dome, a truly spectacular backdrop for climbing.
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The Haul
The HaulCrossing a glacier on route back from Mont Maudit to the Cosmiques Refuge.
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Traversing the Aiguille d'Entrèves
Traversing the Aiguille d'Entrèves
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The Aiguille du Midi
The Aiguille du MidiThe big attraction of Chamonix to climbers is accessibility. Whereas climbing in most regions involves a walk-in of at least a day or so to the start of a route, in Chamonix you can take a cable car right to the summit station of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m. Arriving at the top station, you step out of the relative comfort of the enclosed lift station onto an exposed snow ridge with nearly 2000m falling away on your left to the valley floor. Edging carefully down the ridge, you reach the Col du Midi, from where a huge number of classic alpine climbs are within short reach.
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Early morning route finding on the Mont Blanc massif
Early morning route finding on the Mont Blanc massif
Mont Blanc
Mont BlancBig exposure looking down on Mont Blanc's Italian side - a vast array of ridges and couloirs which play host to many of the more challenging and technically interesting routes up the mountain.
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