Ice Climbing in Vail

A couple weeks ago Matt Lloyd asked if I wanted to join him for some ice climbing in Vail. After my short introduction in Ouray a few weeks before I was psyched to try it out again. I meet Matt and Jose Rodriguez outside of Golden, and we head west on I-70 into a snowstorm. The tunnel through Loveland pass is closed just behind us; we were lucky to get through (would have made our day a lot less productive). The approach to the Rigid Designator Amphitheater starts among fancy condos with hot tubs and groomed cross country ski paths (that if you step on you get yelled at), but soon we're knee deep in fresh powder pushing up the mountain through an aspen forest. Still being relatively new to this altitude, hiking at 10,000 feet is very strenuous for me, especially in deep powder. 

Matt's hands are cold

Matt jumping on The Thang (WI 5+, M 5+)

Matt leading The Spiral Staircase (WI 4)

My first ice climb lead (sport?) on The Spiral Staircase

D. Scott Clark

I've worked all over her globe with a diverse set of clients that offer a diverse set of challenges; every one of them a learning opportunity. Whether I'm hanging off a frozen waterfall shooting ice climbing or in a studio working with a model I am adapting, learning, and improving. I've created a mobile studio in the middle of a wild adventure race in southern Patagonia and fought with monkeys to keep my grapes in southern India. Whatever the challenge I will get the shot.

With my photography background firmly formed in the commercial advertising arena, I bring that attention to detail and technical process to adventure photography. And I've spent my entire life adventuring, so I can get any angle you can imagine.

I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place as Boulder, CO. When I'm not shooting for clients I'm out climbing rocks or frozen waterfalls, or cruising down in the backcountry on my skis.

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