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The Fang

The Fang in Vail Colorado is a world famous ice pillar that generally forms on exceptionally gnarly winters. The 2007-2008 Colorado winter had been a great one for ice climbers, routes that hadn't been in for 10 years were accessible for a fleeting time. Lighting this was extremely frustrating. With the help of my friends Sam and Tony we hiked up about 100 pounds of lighting equipment on top of our climbing gear to make this photo. I strung up 4 1600ws lights to hit the entire pillar. You're only seeing the bottom half in this image. The kicker was that my top battery running the top-most lights was nearly dead by the time I was set up and ready to go. I left it on for test frames and the cold drained it, harsh. I managed to get in a few shots, but felt cheated all the same, it happens.

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Uploaded on February 28, 2008