"Jared Ogden, one of the country's top climbers, could have climbed this pitch from the bottom, pulling his protective rope along with him. But here, his rope is anchored from above. This method of "top roped" protection is easier, faster, and safer to rig. The top rope anchors in Colorado's Ouray Ice Park (www.ourayicepark.com) make ice climbing much more accessible. Once a top rope is set, you can climb relatively stress free and just have fun.
"To capture this image, I rappelled down next to Jared. Hanging a hundred feet (30 meters) off the ground can be nerve wracking, but I just focused on the shot and tried not to drop any equipment or film."
—West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro
Camera: Mamiya 645AFD
Film: Kodak E200
Lens: 80 mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4.8
Ice Climbing Photo Gallery | Adventure Guide: Ouray, Colorado
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