Over the last several years, I've had the opportunity to shoot photos of Mountain Hardwear Athlete Dawn Glanc ice climbing, mixed climbing, and alpine climbing. Fortunately for me, Hardwear has been able to use my images throughout a wide variety of in-house and national advertising.
In late February, Dawn, Patrick Ormond, and I traveled up to Canmore, Alberta to get some fresh ice climbing imagery for Mountain Hardwear's fall campaign. Most of the big climbs were in, and Dawn brought an extensive tick-list with her.
One of my favorite things about shooting ice and alpine climbing photography is that it forces me to get out there and do a bit of it as well, quick enough to get into shooting position, but with a pack weight down with extra lenses, extra camera bodies, flashes, video equipment, a fixed rope, etc...
Unfortunately for us, a wicked arctic cold snap swept through B.C. and Alberta, plunging local temperatures down to -36°C (-31°F). Now that's just too cold to get much climbing done - and too dangerous too. As soon as we arrived in Canmore, we heard that daggers were snapping spontaniously in Johnson Canyon, among other locations.
Despite the chill, we were able to escape outside enough to get a few good pitches in, and a hopefully a few good photos. Keep an eye out in the fall/winter of 2011 to see what kind of images Mountain Hardwear uses in their advertising.
Read up on Dawn's current Mountain Hardwear blog if you are curious.
Here are a couple more tear sheets from the Little Switzerland photo shoot that I did with Dawn, Tanya Leinicke, and Lynn Peterson in 2009.