Rock Climbing Photography
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Ice climbing photos

The annual Ice Climbing Competition took place again at Visulkite ice fall, Skakavitsa region in Rila mountain and I was there to take some photos of the event as the official photographer of the Bulgarian Climbing and Alpine Federation. The competition was held on 24-25th of February. I am posting the photos with quite a bit a delay, for which I apologize.

Due to the dry autumn and the early winter the ice conditions were not very good leaving the organizers with no choice but to put up the final route only on dry rock. The semifinals were partly on ice, but these are not very spectacular as a rule so I did not take much photos of the competitors climbing the semis. The organizers made their best to make this a strong and interesting event as usual doing great job with the routes. There were not many spectators but the motivated competitors made a really nice and friendly atmosphere.

The weather was quite unstable, clear in the morning, but with some fog just before the finals. I was really concerned that the fog would interrupt the shooting but luckily, with the first finalist starting on the route it disappeared miraculously. Still there was low light just enough to make me pump up the ISO and shoot at lower speeds, but it was what it was. I had to deal it whether I liked it or not.

Probably one of the photos of the only female competitor Radka Petkova will make it to the next Rock Divas calendar for 2013 (well, if the world is still here) 😉

Bellow are the photos, enjoy them and feel free to comment.

Ice Climng Competition 2012

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Follow these links if you wish to see the photos from the Ice Climbing Competitions from 2011 and 2012:

Ice Climbing Competition 2012

Ice Climbing Competition 2011

Thanks to the Bulgarian Climbing and Alpine Federation, to the organizers from PIK 3000 (the importer of Petzl and Beal for Bulgaria) and to the main sponsor Spotcheto (importer of Marmot for Bulgaria)

2 Comments

  1. Posted %A %B %e%q, %Y at %I:%M %p | #

    Мерси Снупър! Що се отнася до пейзажните кадри – вдъхновявам се от твоята работа! Макар че трудно може да се прави паралел… 😉

  2. snooper
    Posted %A %B %e%q, %Y at %I:%M %p | #

    Страхотни кадри, Рус, много добра работа!

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