Scaling great heights means going to places that few have ever gone before, and quite frankly won't be going to in the future. So how do you best convey the experience of climbing a rock face for those who like to keep things closer to the ground? Well, thanks to the proliferation of flying camera drones, amazing climbing locations like Patagonia, the French Alps, Austria and the Southwest U.S. can be brought straight to your lap.
Smaller (and quieter) than a helicopter, drones can easily climb great heights alongside top climbers to show you the beauty of the world’s most pristine places above sea level — the mountains.
Drones provide a unique angle for small films and productions that otherwise would not have aerial shots. In the past, if you wanted epic footage from the sky, you were looking at emptying the bank account by hiring a helicopter with the capabilities to shoot high-resolution footage.
Now, with small drones, you can grab aerials from places you might never have thought possible. Furthermore, they’re 98 percent quieter than a massive helicopter, allowing Ja-In Kim and David Lama to really stay in the zone and enjoy nature.
Additionally, we can now gain incredible perspective on the mountain's scale. Zoom in for a cool over-the-shoulder angle, zoom out and you see just how tiny Peter Ortner is next to these sleeping giants. This variation in shots really can bring action sports videos to the next level, and as a viewer you get to see the sport differently.
Drones are also easy to use and light, while simultaneously providing beautiful imagery. With most drones shooting in HD or 4K these days there is no need to make sacrifices with quality, which is ideal when you’re climbing in jaw-dropping locations. Plus, with drones being easy to operate at a manageable size, the person climbing next to you can operate the drone while you navigate your way up the rock’s face.
So it's a good idea to pack a drone with you on your next adventure, big or small. But first watch the above video again and get the coolest perspective on climbing.