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Scaling a near-vertical mountain in the Italian Alps.

Postby Desert Snow » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:01 pm

Just had to share this amazing adventure with everyone.


Look closely at the top and bottom photos and you might think you’re looking at a digitally altered scene, but you aren’t. Those aren’t ants, they’re real people on a real mountain and no Photoshop skills or time-lapse photography were involved in putting them on that dramatic peak.

You’re looking at an awesome image of 28 individual climbers holding symmetrical poses while scaling a near-vertical mountain in the Italian Alps. Located 3,000ft above sea level on the border between Italy and Switzerland and known both as ‘Ago del Torrone’ and ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’, it took five hours of climbing and preparation in freezing temperatures for the team to achieve this incredible shot.

The dramatic photo was taken by Swiss photographer Robert Bösch for Mammut, a Swiss extreme sports company:

Robert Bösch, 58, said: ‘It took several months of organization and I am really happy with the results. It took five hours to climb and required plenty of preparation. There was a lot of pressure but luckily I was working with very good guides and that was the key. The resulting image is exactly what we wanted. It can be seen that it is individual people on natural rocks. This picture is real and alive.’

Visit Dailymail.co.uk to view larger versions of these fantastic photos.
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Re: Scaling a near-vertical mountain in the Italian Alps.

Postby Doug Shaw » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:21 pm

That reminds of one of the ciliast things I've ever seen.

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Re: Scaling a near-vertical mountain in the Italian Alps.

Postby DaveLanders » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:43 pm

The distant shot is really cool, but the crossed ropes in the close up make me nervous. If those
are under tension, then they could be sawing through each other.

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