What Do We Want? A Winter Photo Article!

by Ian Parnell Nov/2009
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In this new photo article, renowned photographer and mountaineer Ian Parnell gets us ready for winter with a stunning series of photographs.

As an extra bonus Ian has offered a free ticket to one of his lectures to the first person to post on the associated forum thread with the correct route names for the five routes pictured below that are being climbed. Can you recognise them?

(The 5 photos are: We want the conditions, We want the hooks, We want the lines, We want em formed and We want the Gnarl)

So Ian asks us: "What do we want?!!"


We want it cold, 173 kb

We want it cold

We want the struggle, 87 kb

We want the struggle

We want the conditions, 203 kb

We want the conditions

We want the beauty, 227 kb

We want the beauty

We want the hooks, 130 kb

We want the hooks

We want the magic, 131 kb

We want the magic

We want the lines, 177 kb

We want the lines

We want 'em formed, 184 kb

We want 'em formed

We want the gnarl, 198 kb

We want the gnarl

We want the eyebrows, 119 kb

We want the eyebrows

We want satisfaction, 76 kb

We want satisfaction

When do we want it?

NOW! (Or actually, when we've got the day off!)


Winter CLIMBING + Rockfax Cover, 63 kb
Ian Parnell on Beinn Eighe, 193 kbIan Parnell on Beinn Eighe
© Ian Parnell, Nov 2009
Ian Parnell is supported by Arc'teryx , C.A.M.P and Snow & Rock.

You can see more of Ian's photos at his blog or at his forthcoming lectures:

Ian is also the co-author of the Rockfax book Winter Climbing+

You can read more about the book in this UKC Gear Review

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