How You Can Participate In This Project
Classic Adirondack Climbs will feature lots of photographs! It will include photos of many different climbers in a variety of climbing situations and, although we have a collection of photos spanning decades of climbing these routes, we are reshooting nearly every climb. A few of the climbers we are photographing completed first-ascents of routes we have selected. Others are Adirondack locals, most of them folks we’ve known for years. But, we recognize climbers come to the Adirondacks from far and wide, some with tremendous passion for the wild climbing these mountains have to offer. If you fit this description, and you’d like to be considered for our project, please contact us so we can discuss the possibilities.
There a two different ways we make plans to photograph climbs and climbers. For a few climbs, all we need is shots from a distance of climbers on the route. In other cases, the photos we are shooting require us to set up complex rigging on the route so we can get interesting and unique shots. These photo shoots are more demanding, requiring photogenic and patient climbers, willing to climb for the camera.
If you plan to be climbing on one of the cliffs we’ve selected, and you are interested in the possibility of your photo being included in our book, please contact us to let us know when and where you expect to climb. If your route is on our list, we may be able to capture a photo of you that works for the book. If your planned route is not on our list, and you can be flexible, we may suggest an alternate route or time. Light and other factors are important, and difficult to predict, for this type of photography but, since it makes minimal impositions on your plans and ours, it can be worthwhile. Successful photos are much more likely when climbers wear bright colors.
Fully-Rigged, Scheduled Shoots
These shoots involve a much greater commitment on your part and ours. Scheduled shoots are at least a few hours in length, some can take most of a day. They usually involve complex rigging that requires significant time to set up and the goal is to capture all the photos on our ‘shot list’ for the climb.
Before we commit to this type of shoot we might arrange to watch you climb a bit so we can be sure you are suitable for what we have in mind. Not everyone photographs well! If that goes smoothly, we’ll provide more information and make plans for a shoot.
If we decide to arrange a shoot, you need to arrive at the planned time with a partner/belayer and whatever gear is needed for the route. You also need to be able to comfortably lead the route, and be willing to spend enough time on the climb so we can get good photo coverage. To get the photos we have in mind, we need ‘climbing models’ to be in the right place, at the right time—looking good for the camera. That might require pausing in the middle of a climb while we move to a different position for another shot, climbing the pitch (or a section of the pitch) more than once, or a host of other things not normally associated with everyday climbing.
When we arrange a shoot we often pre-rig the climb so we are ready to shoot when climbers arrive. We have a fairly good idea of the shots we want and what positions, lenses, light and other criteria are needed to get them, and we try to plan shoots so we can cover the shots as efficiently as possible. We hope the hassle is more than offset by the resulting photos. We will let you know which climbs need fully-rigged shoots, and the nature of the shoots we have in mind, when you contact us.
Thanks for considering being a part of our project!
We have completed the photography and we no longer need climbing models for this project. We are spending long hours at our computers wrapping up writing and layout for the book but it’s pretty easy to get us excited about photographing climbers. If you have something interesting in mind we might just take a break from the office work and shoot some photos of you.