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The long slog upwards, Argentiere North Face
© Mike C, Sep 1980
Climbers: Simon Hall
Camera used: Olympus 35RC
These are fantastic -- if you have any more please post them on this site. There are very few photos of steep ice on here. I assume this was climbed in Sept as it says?
TP - 14/Nov/05
Sept 4th 1980. I would imagine that the face has changed enormously since then. Take a look at the two pics in Rebuffat's book to give you an idea how it changes.
Mike C - 15/Nov/05
Mike, do you know what lens (angle) you had on the camera?
TP - 27/Sep/06
It's a 42mm lens on this http://mywebpages.comcast.net/youngds/Classic35/Olympus35RC/Olympus35RC.htm Tom.
Mike C - 27/Sep/06
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I am surprised. Since you - and others - posted photos of North face climbs (years ago now I think) I was quite inspired to climb some of these lines myself - hence all my questions around the time you put this picture up, and me asking you to put the others up etc. Anyway, I went on to make a humble start with the Hohberghorn N face: highly recommended, only about 300 m long, but fairly icy these days!
Part of what I enjoy about mountaineering is taking photographs, and I was thinking around the time of climbing the hohberghorn about what lens to take. I have always thought that wide = good for face climbs, and thought this must have been 28 or wider. Wide seems to capture the "feel" of being on the face.
Being objective about it, your photos beat mine (on a Ricoh GR1s 28 mm) hands down, even though the actual image quality of neiter is that great. That is why I am surprised you used a 42 mm lens. If you are interested in what a 28 mm does in a similar setting have a look at this:
TP - 27/Sep/06