Climbing Photography Series with Alex Kahn

Climbing & photography have a very symbiotic relationship. Both require considerable knowledge of the equipment you use, constant training & practice and the ability to dial in subtle changes to achieve the end result. Alex Kahn of AS Inspired Media walks us through her best practices & tips for climbing photography to help you capture those moments as your climbing partners battle with the rock.

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Are We Loving the Outdoors to Death?

photo by Neil Skilton

That psyche at the end of a sunny day can largely define a mountain town. The streets buzz with energy as people grin like fools, boast of triumphs and recount near misses and spills. The feeling is addictive: people rush to the outdoors in search of adventure to get their fix. Whether it’s on the rock, up in the air, on a boat, or just in a good pair of hikers, there is an underlying motive: to get out and commune with nature.

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Training for Ice Climbing Season

Roes - Ice Climbing
Written by Ben Carlson of Furnace Industries

Fifteen feet above my last screw, the ice turns to complete shit. Unconsolidated, candled, air-filled, de-laminated mush. No way this crap is gonna take a good stick. I can see the water trickling behind the flow on this late season WI5. The rope hangs from my harness, clear of the ice. Checking in on my placements, I have one mega placement at shoulder level. Hips close to the ice, standing tall, I can feel the back of my ax pressing on my chest. Good feet. Swinging my one tool at the mush, an unsettling crack slams through the icicle just below my feet rattling my nerves and shaking my confidence. A drip of sweat on the tip of my nose. Breathing regains control. Forearms beginning to burn, working my feet up on the front points of my crampons – a little higher, a little higher still – I need to reach what looks like decent ice just out of reach above the mush and get another screw. Reaching. Reaching higher.

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