This image was on the cover of my World Climbing Calendar a few years ago but I don’t think I’ve ever posted the full unadulterated image before – ie. without text over the top of it. It’s personal favourite image of mine, both for the legend in it, the significance of the route, the position and the aesthetics of the image, and for the effort – and luck – involved in getting the shot. That latter reason is very much a personal one but some shots sure are harder to get than others — and that does affect how I feel about them somewhat.
We got up to the forth pitch late in the day, it looks nice and bright but the light was fading; I had to crank the ISO to 1250. Chris gave it one shot – there wold be no second chances. I got the shot. We then rapped off in the dark, crossed the river and hiked out by head-torch. Good times.
It is Chris Sharma (@chris_sharma) attempting pitch four, at around 8c, of his mega 250m multi-pitch project at Mont-rebei, Spain. Tentative pitch grades are 6c+, 9a, 8b, 8c, 8c, 7b, 8c+.