Photos: When adventure happens in the dark

Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean it’s time to go to bed. Here’s some after-dark action.
By Evan David

For outdoor athletes, 'night-time adventures' aren't of the drinking and dancing kind. When the sun has set, the fun keeps going. Enjoy the photos below – and it's okay to say, “I wish I was there...”

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Dark ice
So glad he's not wearing a traditional Brazilian bathing suit.
Dark ice This shot from the Red Bull Illume photo contest was taken by Ray Demski and shows Alex Luger working an icefall in the Avers valley, Switzerland. © Ray Demski/Red Bull Illume
River ripping
This guy is also glad he is not wearing a brazilian bathing suit - Munich is cold.
River ripping A surfer catches a river wave on the man-made Eisbach river, which flows directly through the city of Munich, in Germany. It’s known as the birthplace of river-surfing. © Colin Stewart
Splash and flash
This guy is also glad he is not wearing a brazilian bathing suit - Munich is cold.
Splash and flash The river wave doesn’t stop for high tide, low tide, or night time – although the wave is affected by the river’s flow. © Colin Stewart
Night climb
So glad he's not wearing a traditional Brazilian bathing suit.
Night climb Bruno Dias on the rocks of Sao Tome das Letras, Brazil. The shot, a finalist image in the Red Bull Illume photo contest, uses a mixture of residual light coming from the city, LED light, flash and headlamps. It’s a composite of three images using different shutter speeds. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Illume
Night lights
The roof, the roof, the roof
Night lights A full moon over the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey lights up the Italian Alps. Below lies Courmayeur and the Aosta valley. © Jon Griffiths
Sherpa trails
Sherpa trails
Sherpa trails The sherpas’ head torches leave a light trail during a before-dawn departure for Mt Everest. © Alex Treadway
Dark water
Sick bro
Dark water Raphaël Thiebaut isn’t afraid of white water or dark water. © Dom Daher
Cold climb
The couple that climbs together...
Cold climb Anna and Philippe Gatta on the Rochefort arete during a winter traverse. In the background lies the Mont Blanc massif. © Jon Griffiths
Glaciers and galaxies
Glaciers and galaxies
Glaciers and galaxies Lingtren, the left peak at 6,749m, and Khumbutse at 6,665m, sit at the north end of the Khumbu glacier and mark the border with Tibet. © Alex Treadway
Cerro Torre
Torre, Torre, Torre
Cerro Torre Will Sim stands beneath Cerro Torre under a full moon in Patagonia, Argentina. © Jon Griffiths
Night flight
Sick bro
Night flight Fab Maierhofer sends it over a bridge on skis. We’re not sure where he’s going to land, but we hope he is. © Dom Daher
Stars and cars
Sure, we can sleep here for the night
Stars and cars This super-long exposure captures the movement of stars across the night sky in Namibia, Africa. © Patrick Galibert
Night navigation
Night navigation
Night navigation Below the west shoulder of Mt Everest, climbers make their way up through the ice fall, as seen by their headlamps. © Alex Treadway
Base camp at night
Base camp at night
Base camp at night Base camp, Ama Dablam in the Everest region of Nepal, glows under stars. Once described by Edmund Hillary as unclimbable, the iconic peak is now one of Nepal’s most popular climbs. © Alex Treadway
Stars and sands
Sure, we can sleep here for the night
Stars and sands No filter, we swear – a desert night in Namibia. © Patrick Galibert
Night in Nepal
Better beds than boats
Night in Nepal Rafts moored beside the Karnali river in Nepal on a starry night. The country is a top destination for white water rafting - even if the water is on the glacial side of cold. © Alex Treadway
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