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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 – A print from our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection of photographs is on display at the recently opened SubAlpine Coffee shop in Keene Valley, NY. This image was made during our September 2014 shoot of Paralysis on the Main Face of Poke-O Moonshine with climbers Chris Hyson and Kim Martineau. We will swap our displayed prints every few months to keep things seasonally appropriate and to exhibit our latest creations.
We call this photograph “Verticality of Lines”. Photo notes:
“First climbed in 1959, this historic climb follows a sustained vertical crack to the top of a huge amphitheater. To reveal the steepness of this place, we positioned ourselves near the edge of the multi-colored rock face, on a small ledge 200 feet above the ground. Comfortable and secure, we could focus our attention on the essence of the climb: the verticality of the Paralysis crack juxtaposed against the striking lines of color on the rock, bathed in late morning light.”
We will be offering this print, and others from our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection, for sale starting later this summer. All of our prints are conservation grade archival artworks, custom crafted using pigment inks, acid-free mats and mounting materials, and each will last a lifetime. They are available matted or matted and framed. For more information contact us at 518-576-9881 or at email@example.com.
Stop by SubAlpine Coffee to check out their selection of outstanding coffee and tea drinks, and their assortment of baked goods. Owner, and barista, Patrick Walsh has elevated the quality of coffee in this area to new heights. If you are looking for a great espresso drink, tea or maybe a “maple steamer” in a relaxed and pleasant environment this is undoubtedly THE place to go.
SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 – Another long hiatus from blog updates. We have not disappeared or lost interest in this project. On the contrary, between photography, writing and our guiding activities, we have simply been too busy to update this page.
Our photo shoots continued through last winter, spring, and into the summer months, despite our best intentions to STOP making more photos! The opportunity to re-shoot some of the routes for Classic Adirondack Climbs was just too enticing – better light, fresh perspectives and new faces all exerted their pull. And, we enjoyed every minute of every shoot, both rock and ice. We met more great folks who were as enthusiastic and supportive of this project as our friends and clients have been since we started it in the spring of 2013.
The photos, because they are our way of showing you just how spectacular some of the climbs we describe can be, are the most important part of Classic Adirondack Climbs. They also represent, by far, the most difficult aspect of putting this book together. Like many projects driven by passion, as much as common sense (more in this case), things have a way of taking longer than anticipated but we are now satisfied we have what we need.
We have no plans to stop making photographs, and our list of places to photograph is longer than ever, but our focus has shifted to wrapping up the writing for Classic Adirondack Climbs. We have worked on route descriptions and the many other aspects of writing from the start so it’s now a matter of ironing out wrinkles and pulling everything together. We are working with a graphic designer (and climber) and we expect to begin assembling final layouts this fall. If all goes well, the book will be available by early winter.
We have finalized some important decisions regarding the publication of Classic Adirondack Climbs. We will initially publish this guidebook in ebook format only. This format offers the most flexible and convenient options for use while climbing and it allows us to distribute the book to a much wider audience than would otherwise be possible.
Our personal climbing guidebook collection has been growing for more than 40 years and it includes nearly 500 printed books from all over the world. Some of these volumes are now valuable works of art, others are merely functional. As a collection, displayed in a book case, they are impressive and individually, many are beautifully crafted and a joy to peruse while sitting in a comfortable chair on a cold winter ‘s eve.
But, while climbing, printed guidebooks are simply not as practical as other options available today. Consequently, we have decided to separate the functional guidebook from the keepsake. We will therefore release a limited edition, large format, hardcover book of selected climbing photographs in addition to the ebook. This artfully-designed volume will include brief descriptions of the photographs but, unlike the ebook, it will not function as a guidebook but rather as a collectible edition. In this age of specialization it turns out you can have it both ways!
For those who are still stuffing guidebooks into their packs (trashing them in the process), or toting them up climbs (completely destroying them in short order) we have prepared a separate post (coming soon) detailing practical alternatives to carting around a printed guidebook. We have employed these simple, proven, solutions extensively and, as a result, we have not had a reason to carry a printed guidebook to a cliff in nearly 20 years!
SATURDAY, November 22, 2014 – In case you were wondering, we did not fall to our deaths shooting climbing photos! Over the summer and fall we completed numerous rock climbing photo shoots for Classic Adirondack Climbs, but between guiding and photo shoots we did not have time for blog posts. When we look back at our previous post, nearly five months ago, we realize just how much we have accomplished. We also realize how much we have to thank all the folks who helped us out by being climbing models, carrying loads, holding equipment, or rigging climbs for photo shoots. Many thanks to long-time friends, local climbers, Alpine Adventures clients and new friends for all the smiles, patience and willingness to “look up” and “hold it right there” until we got the shot.
We have completed all of the planned photo shoots for Classic Adirondack Climbs but we’ll try for better images on a few ice climbs during the early ice season as opportunities arise. Unlike most of our photos, the photographs we want will all be taken from far away with a very long lens. If you have plans to climb any of the following routes and you’re willing to be photographed for our project please let us know. All you have to do is be on the climb dressed in bright enough colors to be seen.
North Face of Pitchoff
Screw & Climaxe
We are currently working on writing and layout for the book, tasks that make the most of the short days between rock and ice seasons. Ice is forming and a few brave souls have already been out climbing. Although it may be a false start, winter has arrived.