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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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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

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.

Classic Adirondack Climbs Photograph on Display

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.

Verticality of Lines

“Verticality of Lines”  Chris Hyson and Kim Martineau climbing on Paralysis, Poke-O Moonshine Cliff

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 verticalperspectivesphoto@gmail.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.

Classic Adirondack Climbs – Late July 2015 Update

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.

Delicate climbing on the Prince

Royce Van Evera on delicate face holds, following the exposed second pitch of Prince 

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!

Upcoming Photo Shoots: Remote Climbs

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 – We are arranging photo shoots of the routes listed below for Classic Adirondack Climbs. We welcome your participation if you are interested in climbing for our cameras on any of these routes. Contact us for more information.

Roger's Rock on a perfect summer's day

Roger’s Rock on a perfect summer’s day

ROGER’S ROCK – We would like to photograph two parties (two climbers in each party) climbing simultaneously on Parallel Dreams, 5.8 G (5.4 X) and Bill to Still Bill, 5.8 PG.

DIX NORTHERN CIRQUE SLIDES – We would like to photograph two or three people climbing unroped on these 3rd/4th Class slides in one long day.

Overnight Required for WALLFACE (2-3 days) – We would like to photograph while climbing nearby a leader and second on The Diagonal, 5.8 G. We would also like to shoot climbers on the first pitch of No Man’s A Pilot, 5.9 G at the same time. If there was a party willing to climb the Case Route, 5.5 G the day before or after that would be even better. We’d like to get all three routes in one trip if possible and we can be flexible to that end. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

Upcoming Photo Shoots: Roadside Climbs

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – We have photos for the following roadside routes in our collection but, for one reason or another, they are not quite what we want. We are committed to reshooting these routes and welcome your participation if you are interested in climbing for our cameras. Just let us know which climbs are of interest and we’ll take it from there.

Right Notion

R.L. Stolz leans out to get the best angle on Right Notion

WASHBOWL CLIFF – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing the Weissner Route, 5.6 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day. We would also like to shoot a leader and second climbing Butterflies Are Free to Partition, 5.9- G. This will also be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

BEER WALLS – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Pegasus, 5.9 R and Lichenbrau, 5.7 PG. This will be a fully rigged shoot with some complicated shots taking about half a day. We would also like to shoot a party climbing Frosted Mug, 5.9 G (5.7 R). This shoot will take a few hours.

KING WALL – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Prince (King of Guides), 5.7 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. We’d prefer to shoot this in fall colors if possible.

PITCHOFF CHIMNEY CLIFF – We would like to photograph a leader and second climbing the second and third pitches of The El, 5.8 G. We have some wild shots planned for this route and it will take most of a day. Better for tortoises than for hares!

HURRICANE CRAG – We would like to photograph a leader and second climbing the chimney pitch of the Old Route, 5.3 G and the second pitch of the New Route, 5.5 G. Time permitting, we’d also like to shoot Spring Equinox, 5.8 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day.

DEADWATER – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, 5.8 G and Geronimo, 5.8 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day.

POKE-O MOONSHINE MAIN FACE – We would like to photograph two parties (two climbers in each party) climbing simultaneously on Sunburst Arete, 5.8 PG and Paralysis, 5.8 PG. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. On a separate day we would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Gamesmanship, 5.8+ G (5.2 R). This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. At another time we would like to shoot a leader and second climbing FM, 5.7+ R. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

Bug Break

SUNDAY,  June 15, 2014 – Since our previous  blog entry (last March!) we have been very busy. A flurry of late season ice climbing was followed immediately by R.L. guiding three weeks of ski mountaineering in the French Alps. The great weather and snow conditions made this a trip to remember. Not that France is ever easy to forget…

Upon returning from Europe in late April, mud season was in full swing so we focused on office tasks. For the past month or so we have spent long hours in front of the computer, sorting and paring down photos for Classic Adirondack Climbs. Although our collection includes photos of all the routes in the book, our recent efforts have yielded much better photos than attempts from years past. As a result, after careful consideration, we have decided to reshoot many of the climbs. This will push our planned publication schedule back a bit but we think it will be worth it. We’ll be posting our summer/fall shooting plans soon and we welcome your participation if you wish to climb for our cameras.

As you probably know, mud season is followed by black fly season in the Adirondacks. On a beautiful, breezy, day in May, rather than remain office-bound, we hiked to the summit of Mt. Van Hoevenburg with our cameras. We were particularly taken with the cloud formations that day, along with the light green color of the newly-opened leaves on the maples, birches and beeches.

Bugs on Mt Van Ho

Black Fly Vista

When the wind abated the bugs were horrific. They especially bothered our dog, Terra, who dug a hole and buried her head in it to keep them at bay! In the photo above, shot in calm conditions, we count 18  black flies visible in the frame. Removing them in post-processing would certainly not tell the story as it was.

Although rock climbing during black fly season, in windy locations, can be enjoyable, photographing climbers at this time of year is a low-odds endeavor. Now that the mud and bugs are mostly gone we are ready to be out shooting climbs and climbers once again.

Chasing Light On Crystal Ice Tower

Sabrina Hague leading Crystal Ice Tower

Sabrina Hague leading Crystal Ice Tower, Rhonda McGovern belaying

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 – Crystal Ice Tower to White Line Fever is a deservedly popular ice climb, just a short walk across Chapel Pond from the parking area. For many climbers the first pitch provides a first-taste of WI4 climbing and stellar views await those who continue on with the easier second pitch. Beyond the second pitch the climb forms less reliably, but when it is in good shape it is a great adventure. On Friday, March 15, R.L. and Karen Stolz rigged the climb for an early morning shoot with Sabrina Hague and Rhonda McGovern the following day. This climb is ideal for our big horizontal boom and two feet of fresh snow made the rigging job much more interesting.

With all the new snow, a somewhat questionable weather forecast and climbers we had not yet actually met we went to bed with some uncertainty. Early the following morning, after considerable effort unsticking the rope we left to expedite getting up the climb, we arrived on top with all our gear ready to go. The sky was overcast and dull – not what we hoped for. Sabrina had not climbed the route before and was not overly confident. After about ten feet of climbing it was clear the route was well within her ability and from that point on she cruised it. A bit more than half-way up we had her stop so we could switch from handheld cameras to our remote boom-mounted camera. This process is never speedy but we ran into a couple of glitches that required extra time to sort out. Hanging out on steep ice for 15 minutes is hard work but she never uttered a complaint. Finally, everything settled down and she was able to continue leading, making it all look very easy. Then, unexpectedly, the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and delivered the light we always hope for but rarely see. After lots more pausing for photos Sabrina was glad to be at the top and Rhonda followed her lead easily. Unfortunately, the light was not as spectacular when Rhonda was climbing but it was, nonetheless, one of our favorite shoots for the winter.

Rhonda touching down after a great climb

Rhonda touching down after a great climb

Ice climbing photography, like all photography, requires great light and great subjects along with the right equipment and knowledge to make it all come together into a successful image. Doing all this while hanging from the side of an ice wall in frigid temperatures is particularly challenging, especially in the Adirondacks where weather and conditions can be brutal. What fun!

Welcome To The Forbidden Wall


Tom leading the second pitch for R.L.’s camera

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 – Don’t let the name put you off, The Forbidden Wall is, in fact, one of Poko’s more welcoming ice climbs. It is the easiest full-length route at Poko that forms reliably yet it receives very little traffic. In a good ice year there are many variations to this 3-pitch route and its icicle cave belay is not to be missed. Remember, this route, like all Poko’s major climbs, gets a lot of morning sun which can delaminate the ice, making it very dangerous. Use extra caution here.

On Friday, March 7th R.L. Stolz rigged the climb for a photo shoot the following day with long-time local climbers Tom DuBois and Dan Plumley. We often rig climbs in advance so we can start shooting photos as soon as climbers are ready. Ice climbing is cold enough without standing around waiting for a photographer!

Dan arriving at the icicle cave

Dan arriving at the icicle cave

We arrived early to catch the morning light. R.L. and Karen were positioned at the top of the cliff, each on their own rope. The ice was surprisingly brittle for so late in the season but Tom led each pitch quickly and easily. Tom is one of a handful of prolific first ascensionists willing to wander far from the road to explore new routes, but this was his first time on The Forbidden Wall. Likewise for Dan. With more than 50 years of Adirondack ice climbing between them, it was nice to be able to photograph these guys having fun on their first trip up this wonderful climb.