The wall

“The wall is insanely overhanging and one of the steepest I have ever photographed or climbed,” photographer James ‘Q’ Martin says of this image he captured of luminary artist and climber Jeremy Collins making a first ascent of Gold Blood in Venezuela’s remote Sabana Jungle. “I was 20 feet from the wall, ascending the line completely in space, spinning like a top. I would wait till I would spin in the direction of the climber and grab a couple stills before I would continue on my dizzy dance with the exposure.”

Accompanying Martin and Collins on the trip were Pat Goodman and José Miranda. The team had previously set out to climb this spot a couple years prior, but ran into trouble. “On the previous trip the group suffered major setbacks, with José taking a bad lead fall and Pat slipping in the unpredictable jungle—both falls resulted in broken bones.” Conditions weren’t ideal at the time this photo was taken, either.
“This expedition was challenging on so many levels. The country was in political unrest, the bush pilots refused to fly, the motor blew up on the vehicle we used to travel from Caracas … the list of challenges was a mile long. But in the end, all those hardships made the summit and success of the project that much sweeter.”
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Strong fingers


Kate Rutherford can’t hear a thing while climbing so close to the roar of Yosemite Falls. She can’t find much to hang on to either. The water polishes the rock “like glass.” Wearing tape on her hands, she has to repeatedly jam them into fissures for the ascent. Spectacular scenery makes up for the discomfort. The climbing route is called Freestone, Rutherford says, because “it’s a peach of a route.”

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