Strenuous, intensely physical and at times quite terrifying, ice climbing is one of the most demanding sports around. Climbing ice is, by its nature, a fickle business where protection can be minimal and good judgement is essential. But it also promises spectacular exposure and, for the elite athletes who take part, maximum rewards. These shots include highlights from some of the hardest climbs put up this winter by some of the sport’s strongest climbers.
Terrifying Ice Climbs From the Past Winter
15 gnarly photos from Canada, Switzerland, Scotland, Norway and Italy.