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A cold and wet Stefan Jacobsen rappelling down the Nose after an unexpected storm hit.
© Alexandre Buisse, Oct 2011
Camera used: Nikon D700
You can feel his suffering...
Mick Ward - 14/Oct/11
This and the other shot of the bad weather on El Cap are great. There aren't photos that show what happens on the walls in the valley when the weather turns..... It can get very nasty, very quick. I walked from the meadow to the base of the Nose one fine day, to start the Triple Direct, and by the time we arrived an unseen and (unpredicted) storm came round the corner. In 5 minutes the start of the Salathe was an icey waterfall and parties were bailing from the bottom half of the Nose. The last to get down were borderline hypothermic. Not nice.
SteveSBlake - 14/Oct/11
Ah! There were a number who bailed out in the rain. What route were you on? A mate of mine was on Lurking Fear, but carried on even though they were soaking.
Sean Kelly - 14/Oct/11
Great shot. What does it look like in B and W?
myth - 14/Oct/11
Great photo, really captures a moment!
butteredfrog - 17/Oct/11
Just a wee aside... the screwgate clipping him in is undone, guess he got away with it!!
Alexclimbs - 18/Oct/11
One of those images that has that special something! Excellent!
Charlie_Zero - 19/Oct/11
@Sean: Stefan and I were in the stovelegs, on the Nose. We thought about going on for a while but the route quickly became a waterfall and hypothermia was just around the corner.
Alexandre Buisse - 20/Oct/11
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I'd just arrived at camp 6. Too high to bail - too low to blast (remembering the two Japanese)Spent an appaling night on the ledge then topped out next day in bright sunshine.
Good luck on Zodiac mate.
Enty - 28/Oct/11