Ice climbing is a sport that is increasing in popularity throughout countries that have colder climates, such as Canada, and although many consider it an extreme sport, due to the increasing popularity it is becoming more available to those who want to at least try what it feels like to climb a completely vertical sheet of ice.
This ice climber is on the Upper Falls of the Johnston Creek during the winter in Johnston Canyon, which is part of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it is protected against any development and will be kept in as natural state as can be in this changing world we live in.
A frozen waterfall, such as the Johnston Falls in the Johnston Canyon, is the perfect place to do some ice climbing as it's not only in nature but it adds a degree of danger and excitement to those looking for a rush. There are different kinds of ice climbing however, alpine ice and water ice, and each one requires different equipment as the ice is different, so you cannot drift easily from one to another. Also, with any sport that involves a certain amount of danger, as this one obviously does, then it is not advisable to do this alone. Always take someone with you and let people know where you are going; this sport may be getting more popular and more accessible, but it is still dangerous and nature must be respected.
Ice climber on the Upper Falls of the Johnston Creek during winter, Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. Banff National Park forms part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/40 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 200mm.
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