This Blog Is Moving!!

TUESDAY, September 12, 2017 – The Classic Adirondack Climbs blog will become a part of our Vertical Perspectives Photography blog page as of today, September 12, 2017. Because Classic Adirondack Climbs is really just one of our Vertical Perspectives Photography projects, and because duplicating updates from this page to the Vertical Perspectives Photography’s is pointless, all future blog posts for Classic Adirondack Climbs will appear only on the Vertical Perspectives Photography blog page. If you are currently following Classic Adirondack Climbs you will need to follow Vertical Perspectives Photography to continue to receive update notifications.

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Classic Adirondack Climbs: Print Collection Now Available

MONDAY, September 11, 2017 – Consisting of twenty custom-crafted, fine art photographs, this collection includes our favorite images from the Classic Adirondack Climbs project. All twenty prints are on display, appropriately enough, on our indoor climbing wall or in our studio, and are available for sale in sizes up to 24″ x 32″. Please contact us for more information.

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Classic Adirondack Climbs: Presentation & Book Signing

MONDAY, August 7, 2017 – Photographers and mountain guides, R.L. and Karen Stolz will present a program entitled “Creating the Photographs for Classic Adirondack Climbs,” and sign copies of their recently released large-format, hardcover book of Adirondack climbing photographs on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information:

Classic Adirondack Climbs - Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East's Largest Wilderness

Hardcover Book Is Available!

THURSDAY, May 17, 2017 – Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness was recently completed and this hardcover coffee-table book is now available as a Collector’s Edition. The release of this book marks the completion of the first of the three components in our Classic Adirondack Climbs project. The second component, a collection of 20 fine art prints of our favorite images from the project, is in the final stages of hard-proofing and will be available within the next few weeks. Lastly, our climber’s guidebook in ebook format, Classic Adirondack Climbs – Selected Rock, Ice & Slide Climbs (easy to moderate routes), is still a ways off and we are shooting for completion this fall.

In an article about the book, appearing in Adirondack Life magazine’s 2017 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors, climber Brandon Del Pozo writes “Each photograph is a moment in time that captures the beauty and wonder of Adirondack rock and ice.” Classic Adirondack Climbs is “a love note to everything classic and steep in the Adirondacks,” he concludes.Classic Adirondack Climbs - Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East's Largest Wilderness

After more than three years of effort, we are very pleased to offer this book as the first component of our Classic Adirondack Climbs project.

For a brief presentation about the book, with links to purchasing information:

Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness

CAC Presentation July 11, 2016

R.L. and Karen Stolz will kick off the 2016 Keene Valley Library Lecture Series with an hour-long photographic presentation introducing their upcoming book, Classic Adirondack Climbs, on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free. Find Out More


Classic Adirondack Climbs Update

Sabrina Hague on Positive Reinforcement

Sabrina Hague on Positive Reinforcement

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 –  Another long hiatus from this blog. Since our last update, we have still not fallen to our deaths making climbing photos! Writing and design for the book are moving along and we’ve sorted out most of our concerns regarding publication.

Late last summer, despite claiming to be done with the photos for  Classic Adirondack Climbs – Selected Rock, Ice & Slide Climbs (easy to moderate routes), we kept shooting. In fact, the spectacular and lengthy fall foliage season afforded us the opportunity to improve on some of the photos we had already selected for the book. We have also completed some winter photo shoots, despite the fact that this winter has been nearly snowless and ice has come and gone repeatedly. We are even more motivated to photograph climbs and climbers than we were when we started the Classic Adirondack Climbs project more than two years ago.

When we decided publishing Classic Adirondack Climbs as an e-book made far more sense, for most climbers, than a traditionally printed paper guidebook would, we knew we’d be trading away reproduction quality for a more utilitarian format. Even the very best of screens is no match for a printed page when it comes to quality and, as photographers, that matters to us. To that end, we decided we will release a large format, limited edition, hardcover book of selected images, including basic information about the climbs but excluding the bulk of the guidebook text. This companion volume is intended to serve as inspiration and a keepsake, rather than a source of route information. The coffee table book format will make it easy to peruse casually and share memories or aspirations with others.

After foliage season we took a break from writing and worked on our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection of photographs offered as prints. Printed entirely by us, using our Canon and Epson large format giclée printers, these custom-crafted archival prints allow us to share our favorite images from Classic Adirondack Climbs using the highest quality printing technology currently available. These fine art prints bring our photographs to life in ways that no electronic screen or printed book could, and they allow us to control the image creation process from the moment we first conceive of a photograph all the way through to the point where it is displayed on a wall. In conjunction with the e-book guidebook and the large-format printed book of photographs, these prints round out the methods for sharing our photographs.

Our original publication timeframe has expanded as the project itself has expanded. What started out as a fairly simple book project now includes three different formats, each with its own scope. We are projecting a coordinated release of the printed book and the e-book in 2016. Custom-crafted prints from the Classic Adirondack Climbs collection are available now.

Classic Adirondack Climbs has led us to another way to share our love for the mountains. While mountain guiding continues to provide deeply satisfying experiences in individual and small group contexts, mountain photography allows us to share our unique perspectives through a completely different medium and reach a much broader audience. Please check out Vertical Perspectives Photography to learn more about our new direction.

Dawn at Deadwater

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Bumbling around in the dark is more a part of climbing photography than many people realize. The first, and last, light of each day is often the most visually striking, occasionally illuminating the world in breathtaking golden and red hues. Any serious landscape photographer will tell you that the “edge of daylight” can be a very rewarding time to be out with a camera. Standing next to your tripod, car parked nearby at a scenic overlook, as the sun creeps over the horizon requires the discipline to rise early–and lots of coffee. Being in position, dangling from a rope far above the ground, after having walked half a mile–all in the dark–demands considerably more than just discipline. Both photographers and climbers have to be slightly crazy to engage in such foolishness. We don’t do it every time we go out (we are only part-time fools and it’s hard to find willing climbers) but the results are usually worth the effort.

Deadwater at Dawn

Katie Farris leading Bozeman Bullet at Deadwater Cliff.

This photograph, “Dawn at Deadwater”, is from a photo shoot we completed in late June. There are only a few days each year when the angle of the sun permits this kind of lighting. We calculated the rising sun would only briefly accentuate the arete, just after dawn, on Bozeman Bullet. But dawn around the time of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is really, really early! We had to be up and out by 3:30 am, an alpine start for a climb just 10 minutes from the car! Katie was willing and more than able. Hiking in to the cliff while it was still dark, fueled by coffee, she scampered up the lower section of the climb while R.L. ascended a fixed rope we had left the evening before. Both were in position and ready as the first rays of warm sunshine peeked through the trees onto the rock. After just a few minutes the golden dawn glow gave way to daylight and it was time to pack up and get breakfast. Many thanks to Katie, and the sun! Both rose right on schedule.