12 Climbing Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away

They look like ants, but they're actually climbers on some of the most gorgeous places on Earth.
Sasha DiGiulian at Waterval Bowen in South Africa
Sasha DiGiulian at Waterval Boven in South Africa © Keith Ladzinski/Red Bull Content Pool
By Richard S. Chang

That's American climber Sasha DiGiulian in the above photo, ascending Waterval Bowen in South Africa, which is just one of the many gorgeous places on Earth that very few people will experience as up close as DiGiulian has. Below are 11 more amazing cliffs, mountains, ice cliffs and vertiginous rock formations, and some of the best climbers in the world conquering them, including DiGiulian, Will Gadd, Stefan Glowacz, David Lama and Sarah Hueniken. Warning: The photos might induce vertigo.

Nameless Tower, Pakistan

The Nameless Tower is located in the Karakoram Himalayas. It is more than 20,000 feet high and treacherous, but to pro climbers like David Lama (pictured), "the Himalayas are just one huge playground."

David Lama at the Nameless Tower in Pakistan
David Lama at the Nameless Tower in Pakistan © Corey Rich/Mammut Archiv/Red Bull Content Pool

East Trinity, Canada

These are the Sea Stacks at Petty Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada. “These are terra incognita – nobody has climbed these things,” said climber Will Gadd, pictured. "We don’t know how to get on them, we don’t know how to get off them… we don’t even know if they’ll stay standing!"

Climbing at Sea Stack Near East Trinity, Canada
Climbing at Sea Stack Near East Trinity, Canada © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Helmcken Falls, Canada

This the world's most challenging mixed climb. Again, it's Will Gadd in the photo. “It's the gnarliest mixed route in the world – a line I've long wanted to do but couldn't figure out how,” said Gadd. “This place can kill you faster than most climbing areas if you don't bring a solid game to the table.”

Will Gadd Climbing Helmcken Falls
Will Gadd Climbing Helmcken Falls in Canada © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Helmcken Falls, Canada (Part 2)

The Falls are so impressive we thought we'd provide another perspective -- the water, which doesn't stop flowing all winter. Said Gadd, “To climb this route takes not only the climbing effort, but also just unearthing the holds, scraping the new rime and spray ice off the upper pitches, belaying for hours in the spray while a waterfall thunders just over your shoulder!”

Will Gadd Climbing the Falls in Canada
Will Gadd Climbing the Helmcken Falls in Canada © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Majlis Al Jinn, Oman

In March, Stefan Glowacz (pictured) and Chris Sharma became the first climbers to climb out of the infamous Majlis Al Jinn cave in Oman. “It’s simply an incredible experience to climb Majlis al Jinn,” said Glowacz. “The route’s type and character are unique. To climb from the bowels of the earth back into the light is one of the most impressive things I’ve done.”

Stefan Glowacz at Majlis Al Jinn, Oman
Stefan Glowacz at Majlis Al Jinn, Oman © Klaus Fengler/Stefan Glowacz GmbH

Moab, Utah

Moab is home to two of the most spectacular national parks in the country: Arches and Canyonland. In Arches National Park, there are more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, which also make for breathtaking photography, such as this shot of Will Gadd.

Will Gadd in Moab, Utah
Will Gadd in Moab, Utah © Francois Portmann/Red Bull Content Pool

Squamish, Canada

Located in British Columbia, Squamish is known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. That means you can camp, or, if you're Will Gadd, you can free climb between rocks.

Will Gadd at Squamish in Canada
Will Gadd at Squamish, Canada © Crispin Cannon/Red Bull Content Pool

La Gran Sabana, Venezuela

A vast savanna that extends toward two countries, La Gran Sabana boasts some of the world's most impressive plateaus, including the Tepui Roraima, which rises more than 9,000 feet above sea level. Stefan Glowacz is no stranger to Roraima, which requires a long arduous trek just to get to.

Stefan Glowacz at La Gran Sabana, Venezuela
Stefan Glowacz at La Gran Sabana, Venezuela © Klaus Fengler/Red Bull Content Pool

Antalya, Turkey

The Mediterranean coast of Turkey is one of the most gorgeous seasides in the world, with stunning rock cliffs. In 2011, Antalya provided the landscape for the Red Bull Psicobloc climbing competition.

Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey © Ray Demski/Red Bull Content Pool

Ural Mountains, Russia

The mystical rock formations in a remote part of the Ural Mountains tower 100 feet above the Man-Pupu-Ner Plateau. They're called the Seven Giants. "It took us almost seven days of skiing to reach the plateau and two more days to climb on the ‘Elder Brother’, the biggest of the Giants," said Stefan Glowacz (pictured). "Man-Pupu-Ner is a unique place, and it's incredible that I was able to visit it.”

Stefan Glowacz at Ural Mountains
Stefan Glowacz at Ural Mountains © Klaus Fengler/Red Bull Content Pool

Eidfjord, Norway

Famous for its ice falls, Eidfjord is also known as the land of the Frost Giants. Impressive in their own right, the ice falls are more spectacular when lit with spotlights and flares. "One moment the icefall looked like a dripstone cave, the next like a Gothic cathedral," said Dani Arnold, who is pictured.

Eidfjord, Norway
Eidfjord, Norway © Mammut/Thomas Senf
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