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Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers scale some of the highest peaks in the world in pictures by photographer Jimmy Chin



Conrad Anker reaches for his next gear placement, 2,500 feet off the ground on the Pacific Ocean Wall of El Capitain, Yosemite National Park, California
Here's a photographer who will go to great heights in his search for the ultimate picture. Jimmy Chin, probably the world's greatest adventure photographer, has travelled the world with highly-skilled mountain climbers, scaling huge peaks and even skiing down the face of Mount Everest
Conrad Anker reaches for his next gear placement, 2,500 feet off the ground on the Pacific Ocean Wall of El Capitain, Yosemite National Park, California


Yuji Hirayama climbs in Turkey in this picture by Jimmy Chin - probably the world's most famous and accomplished adventure photographer.  He has travelled the world  with some of the world's greatest explorers, climbing Mount Everest twice and even skiing down the mountain face...
Jimmy has built up a portfolio that documents his work in some of the most inaccessible and extreme situations imaginable. Jimmy is the go-to man for adventurers and publications such as National Geographic and Outside Magazine
Yuji Hirayama climbs in Turkey in April 2009


...Cedar Wright and Kevin Thaw climb the south buttress of Kaga Tondo on the Hand of Fatima in Mali. Jimmy's photographs have graced the front covers of National Geographic and Outside Magazine
His travels have taken him to the tallest freestanding sandstone towers in the world, the Hand of Fatima in Mali, to the highest sheer cliff face on the globe. "The climbs up the Hand of Fatima which is 2,000 feet and Naga Parbat which is just over 15,000 feet were spectacular," said Jimmy.  "The Hand of Fatima and the Kaga Tondo in Mali, is a personal favourite of mine. That shot sums up the bravery and tremendous ability of these climbers, who allowed me to join them and to experience the same dangers that they face"  
Cedar Wright and Kevin Thaw climb the south buttress of Kaga Tondo on the Hand of Fatima in Mali on December 20, 2002. Click here to see a larger version of this image


Steph Davis free climbs the Salathe Wall of El Capitain in Yosemite National Park, California, on November 4, 2005. Steph is the first and only woman to free climb the Salathe
To work with Steph Davis as she became the first woman to free climb El Capitan's Salathe Wall in Yosemite, was an honour and a privilege. "I am always concerned with finding the right spot and the right shot, so sometimes I forget to appreciate the skill of my fellow adventurers, but I am aware of how my life has been changed by my ability with a camera"
Steph Davis free climbs the Salathe Wall of El Capitain in Yosemite National Park, California, on November 4, 2005. Steph is the first and only woman to free climb the Salathe


Steph Davis leading the crux 'Boulder Pitch' on the Salathe Headwall  in Yosemite National Park on November 4, 2005
Steph Davis leading the crux "Boulder Pitch" on the Salathe Headwall in Yosemite National Park on November 4, 2005


Kit and Rob DesLauriers with Dave Hahn on the South Summit of Mount Everest on October 4, 2006
Of all his adventures though, his ascents of Everest stand out as his most physically demanding and rewarding. "You do wonder - when you are at 28,000 feet, the height that aeroplanes cruise at, when you are struggling to draw breath and every limb aches - why do I do this?"
Kit and Rob DesLauriers with Dave Hahn on the South Summit of Mount Everest on October 4, 2006


Kit DesLauriers hiking through the Khumbu Icefall of Mount Everest on September 18, 2006
"But of course once you reach the summit and realise that there is nowhere you could stand taller on Earth, that's why I do it. On my 2006 expedition to Everest me, Kit and Rob DesLauries decided to speed up our descent of the mountain by skiing down its south east ridge. To say that was fun and frivolous is a bit of an understatement"
Kit DesLauriers hiking through the Khumbu Icefall of Mount Everest on September 18, 2006


Jimmy Chin climbing the Pacific Ocean Wall in Yosemite Park, California
Pushing himself hard in training between jaunts, Jimmy's life is a constant whirl of planning, travel and photography. "I lose anywhere up to 20 pounds on location with adventurers like Conrad Anker or Brady Robinson," said Jimmy.  "So I need to replace that lost weight and muscle by training hard when I am back in the States between jobs. And as I get older it is far more important for me to be doing this and taking my conditioning seriously"
Jimmy Chin climbing the Pacific Ocean Wall in Yosemite Park, California


Jimmy Chin on Mount Kinabalu, a World Heritage Site in Borneo, on April 25, 2009
Jimmy Chin on Mount Kinabalu, a World Heritage Site in Borneo, on April 25, 2009


Granite towers reflected in a pool on the Karakoram Mountains  in Charakusa Valley, Pakistan. This image was taken on Jimmy's first major climbing expedition on August 10, 1999
Granite towers reflected in a pool on the Karakoram Mountains in Charakusa Valley, Pakistan. This image was taken on August 10, 1999 during Jimmy's first major climbing expedition 


Dean Potter, one of the greatest high line walkers in the world, walks on a one-inch thick piece of webbing over a 500 foot deep chasm at Canyonlands National Park in Indian Creek, Utah, in January 2007
Dean Potter, one of the greatest high line walkers in the world, walks on a one-inch thick piece of webbing over a 500 foot deep chasm at Canyonlands National Park in Indian Creek, Utah, in January 2007 


Kasha Rigby, Giulia Monego and Ingrid Backstrom approach Redommaine peak before their first ski descent in October 2009 during the Shangri La Expedition, in the Himalayas
Kasha Rigby, Giulia Monego and Ingrid Backstrom approach Redommaine peak before their first ski descent in October 2009 during the Shangri La Expedition, in the Himalayas


Kasha Rigby climbing Redommaine peak before the first ski descent in October 2009, during the Shangri La Expedition in the Himalayas
Kasha Rigby climbing Redommaine peak before the first ski descent in October 2009, during the Shangri La Expedition in the Himalayas


Conrad Anker traverses an alpine ridge deep in the Waddington Range on Mount Combatant, Coastal Range in British Columbia, Canada
Conrad Anker traverses an alpine ridge deep in the Waddington Range on Mount Combatant, Coastal Range in British Columbia, Canada


Renan Ozturk on Mount Meru in Garwahl Himalaya, India, on September 14, 2009
Renan Ozturk on Mount Meru in Garwahl Himalaya, India, on September 14, 2009


Jimmy Chin climbs Mount Meru on the Meru Expedition in Garwahl Himalaya, India
Jimmy Chin climbs Mount Meru in Garwahl Himalaya, India

Pictures from the peak of perfection: The man who climbs mountains in search of the ultimate photo

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:24 PM on 6th May 2011

For most of us, hauling yourself up some of the Earth's highest peaks would be enough to keep us occupied.
But for one mountaineer, the exertion he goes through to scale the heights is just a means to capturing some of the most stunning images of nature's peaks.
Robert Bosch, 57, has climbed to the summit of Everest, the icy Alps of Europe and even to the frozen desert wastes of Antarctica in pursuit of adventure and the perfect snap.
Clinging on: Climber Pesche Wuthrich swings for another handhold in the Alps on the border between Italy and Switzerland
Clinging on: Climber Pesche Wuthrich swings for another handhold in the Alps on the border between Italy and Switzerland
Perilous: This image shows Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck ice-climbing near Pontresina, Switzerland
Perilous: This image shows Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck ice-climbing near Pontresina, Switzerland
Balancing act: Two climbers perch on top of Salbitnadel in Uri, Switzerland, in another of Mr Bosch's stunning images
Balancing act: Two climbers perch on top of Salbitnadel in Uri, Switzerland, in another of Mr Bosch's stunning images
Perspective: Mr Bosch has spent nearly 40 years climbing the Earth's highest peaks to get his images
Perspective: Mr Bosch has spent nearly 40 years climbing the Earth's highest peaks to get his images
Working with some of the greats of European mountaineering, Mr Bosch's vertigo-inducing photography portrays the loneliness and grit that all climbers need to conquer the world's highest peaks.
He said: 'Climbing Mount Everest is relatively straightforward for an experienced climber.
'I had previously attempted to ascend the notoriously difficult west ridge route but that had defeated me.
'So in 2001 I succeeded climbing the north face, but I must tell you that to climb Everest up the commercially popular route is easy.
'Everyone travels to the top and thinks they can write a book about it, but the majority of these people are not mountaineers, they are relying ont he incredible work of the Sherpas of Nepal.'

Give me a leg up: Climbers half way up the artificial wall on the Diga di Luzzone in Tessin
Give me a leg up: Climbers half way up the artificial wall on the Diga di Luzzone in Tessin

Staying cool: Ueli Steck ice axes in hand as he climbs near Oeschinen in Bern, Switzerland
Staying cool: Ueli Steck ice axes in hand as he climbs near Oeschinen in Bern, Switzerland
Don't look down: Annatina Schultz makes her way up The Fall on Klettern in Meringen, Switzerland
Don't look down: Annatina Schultz makes her way up The Fall on Klettern in Meringen, Switzerland
Eyes on the prize: Mr Bosch stands suspended at a 90 degree angle on the artificial wall in Tessin, Switzerland
Eyes on the prize: Mr Bosch stands suspended at a 90 degree angle on the artificial wall in Tessin, Switzerland
Photographing the greats of the climbing world, including 34-year-old Ueli Steck, Mr Bosch has witnessed the skill needed in perilous climbs.
He said: 'Ueli is a wonderful climber, an exceptional mountaineer, we climb a lot together looking for that perfect shot that sums up the strength and balance and fitness that climbers need.
'His free climbing abilities are what most impresses me, he is a good friend and it is a pleasure to work with him.'
As an experienced climber, Mr Bosch - who lives near Zurich in Switzerland - has scaled more than 100 different peaks across the world.
He considered Cerro Torre in Argentina one of the hardest ascents, despite its relative unknown status.
Nearly there: This close up was taken near the summit of the wall as Mr Bosch was suspended over the drop
Nearly there: This close up was taken near the summit of the wall as Mr Bosch was suspended over the drop
Bleak: The photographer counts Cerro Torre, in Patagonia, Argentina, as one of the toughest to climb
Bleak: The photographer counts Cerro Torre, in Patagonia, Argentina, as one of the toughest to climb
Scaling new heights: This image shows ice-climbing on the Godwin Austen Glacier in Pakistan with K2 in the background
Scaling new heights: This image shows ice-climbing on the Godwin Austen Glacier in Pakistan with K2 in the background
Mr Bosch said: 'My passion was born when my parents would take me to visit the Alps when I was a boy.
'My main concern was climbing, but another interest of mine had always been photography and in my mid twenties I began to take pictures during my ascents and by the time I was 30 I had launched my own business concentrating on my climbing.
'I was working in the Swiss Alps on my photography, hanging from a rope and using my crampons digging into the rock face to balance myself.
'Unfortunately I had a momentary lapse of balance and I turned 180 degress upside down to face a sheer 3,000ft drop.
'My heart skipped and luckily for me my rope held and I managed to right myself, but that incident haunts me every day because I came so close to falling down head first.'

Rock Climbers / Cliff Campers photographs by Gordon Wiltsie


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents

Hanging precariously in tents off a 4,000ft vertical cliff face wouldn't be most people's idea of the perfect camping trip. But these daredevils scale cliffs and pitch their tents thousands of feet up.



Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
These intrepid rock climbers thrill in tackling the longest and hardest - and probably most dangerous - big wall climbs they can find. And as these pictures show, because their climbs can last for weeks they must set up tents on the edge of cliff faces for much needed rest


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
The collection of photographs is part of a summer-long exhibit of work by Gordon Wiltsie at the Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California, USA. The exhibition features an array of stunning images from climbs over the past decade including the first ascent of Great Sail Peak (above) - an overhanging granite wall on Canada's Baffin Island


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Gordon Wiltsie said: "During the climb of Great Sail Peak it was the Arctic spring so melting snow on both the summit and a ledge midway up the cliff constantly sent rocks and chunks of ice flying down...


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
...One the size of a car even came crashing down around us. Several times I came within inches of being hit which almost certainly would have been fatal"


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Looking out of a hanging tent, high up on Great Sail Peak


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
"For serious big wall climbers simply being this far off of the ground isn't scary or dangerous in itself...


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
...And although the climb was hard enough that it was possible to take a big fall, the cliff was so steep there were a few ledges to hit and modern ropes are stretchy enough to absorb most of the impact"


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Gordon Wiltsie photographs from cantilevered poles high on Great Sail Peak


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
"Camping in the Portaledges - or hanging tents - is a lot less scary and dangerous than it is climbing outside of them. They're pretty comfortable and you don't actually see the drop below...


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
"...I find it similar to sleeping in a regular tent. You're always harnessed into a separate anchor from the tent so I felt quite safe - unless I had to lean out to get food or supplies from our haul bags hanging outside"


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Mountaineer Alex Lowe hears on the radio that the lead climbers are near the summit of Great Sail Peak


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Gordon, from Bozeman in Montana, USA, added: "Although rock climbing like this seems insane, dozens of similar trips take place in remote locations every year"


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Gordon Wiltsie climbs high above Queen Maud Land icecap on Rakekniven spire, Antarctica


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
A mountain climber reads in a portaledge high on Great Sail Peak


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
"I'm really excited about my summer exhibit of my work," says Gordon. The Mountain Light Gallery in California was established by the late Galen Rowell. He's one of my own mentors and also widely considered to be the godfather of modern adventure photography"


Rock climbing with tents: climbers hang off the sides of vertical cliffs sleeping in tents
Gordon Wiltsie in front of Ulvetanna in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica



















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