Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall – Climbing Walls of Ice

Here’s my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall.

This series of pics was taken on a recent visit to Montmorency Falls just outside of Québec City. At 84 meters (274 feet) these are the tallest falls in the Province of Québec.

In summer the falls are a very popular tourist destination with thousands of daily visitors admiring the view from a number of look-out points.

In winter the river freezes over, as does all but the fastest moving portion of the falls, creating spectacular walls of ice.

For climbing enthusiasts these ice walls are an irresistable challenge that attracts ice climbers from all over eastern North America and the rest of the world.

Personally I think these people are insane. Hanging from a wall of ice held in place by a fastener and a piece of rope is definitely not for me, but their passion sure makes for great photography.

Here are some my favorites and please feel free to let me know which ones you like best:

#1 - Approaching the falls on foot over the frozen river

Approaching the falls on foot over the frozen river

#2 - Arriving at the foot of the falls

#2 – Arriving at the foot of the falls

#3 - Left of the main wall

#3 – Left of the main wall

#4 - Climbing Solo

#4 – Climbing Solo

 

#5 Meanwhile back on the right side...

#5 Meanwhile back on the right side…

#6

#6

#7

#7

#8

#8

#9

#9

#10

#10

#11

#11

#12 - Almost there

#12 – Almost there

 

#13 - A little perspective

#13 – A little perspective

#14 - Even more perspective - not quite done.

#14 – Even more perspective – not quite done.

Thank you for looking 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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27 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall – Climbing Walls of Ice

  1. Cindi says:

    Oh wow. Scary and fascinating at the same time. Great images!

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  2. shawn says:

    Nice shots! Thanks for sharing. What tool do you use to add your copyright to the photos?

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  3. markbialczak says:

    Scary climbs there, Norm!

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  4. seeker says:

    Lucky for Quebec to have Winter Wonderland.

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  5. Wow I could not imagine doing that in my wildest dreams in fact I wouldn’t want to but I take my hat off to those who do x

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  6. Wow! I hope you will post photos of the summer version of the falls for comparison! Lovely photography of a breathtaking landscape…

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  7. joannesisco says:

    Gorgeous photos Norm! I particularly like the second one and the last one. Almost makes me want to try ice climbing …. almost 😉

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  8. I can’t choose because I like them all. The ones showing the climbers are great but the others with the ice and the bridge are great too. A+

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    These are great Norm. I love frozen falls bug I’m not climbing on them.

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  10. I like them all, Norm, but as you said, that would NOT be me. I’d be at the other end of the camera taking photos. 🙂

    janet

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  11. Robin says:

    Wow. I think they must be a little insane, too. My favorite is the third one from the bottom. Not sure why. I just like it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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