Vail: Some More Ice

The last two fridays I have spent in Vail, Colorado. Strangely enough, I've been there three times so far this year, and I haven't skied yet. But the ice climbing has been great!

Two weeks ago we went back to the Rigid Designator amphitheater. Such a beautiful location.

Rigid Designator

"Rigid Designator" WI 4-5

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Matt climbing the beautiful "Rigid Designator" WI 4-5

In ice climbing, even belaying is dangerous. I kicked off a chunk of ice that hit my belayer.

Matt working hard on the mixed route "Titties and Beer" M7

The descent is always the best part. You glissade down the mountain, as Matt demonstrates:

This last Friday we went to a new area called the Firehouse. The approach is much shorter than Rigid Designator and it doesn't seem to get as much attention. There were only two other people there, a guide and his client. 

Matt leading "Lowe Gravity" WI 4. The column to his left made a terrifying cracking noise after he had placed a screw in it for protection. He changed course and moved up to the right. 

I lead my first ice climb here, a WI 3+ called "The East of the West". I'm psyched! Unfortunately, there are no photographs as proof.

Matt working on "Eastern Expansion" WI 4+ M6+

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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