Tim Banfield: Photographing the World's Best Climbers

In the movie Age of Ondra in the Reel Rock 13 journey movie tour, the Czech phenom is on a quest to be the first individual to climb a 5.15a route on his first strive. “Adam Ondra is the finest climber in the world by far, like he’s rather a lot higher than everybody else,” says Alex Honnold in the film. Seeking the good route, Ondra lands in Alberta, the place he makes the first ascent of Disbelief (5.15b), a line so unbelievable that when watching footage of it you continue to can’t consider your eyes. Photographer Tim Banfield was there.

“Tagging along with the Reel Rock team, I followed Adam for around a week,” Banfield says from his dwelling in Canmore, Alberta. “I shot him on that route probably 30 times.”

Banfield’s numerous hours spent taking pictures paid off. Reel Rock extensively circulated his pictures, bringing his work in entrance of viewers worldwide and serving to him land contracts with industrial purchasers. That gig made his already busy life — he’s additionally a realtor — much more hectic, and at this time he goes from one task to the subsequent capturing the world’s prime climbers on each rock and ice.

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Sarah Hueniken blended climbing, gaining the ice on the final pitch of the new route Nasty Habits, WI5 M7+, Subject, B.C. Tim Banfield

It’s December in Canmore, a mountain city that butts up in opposition to Banff National Park, a land coated in white for half the 12 months. For Banfield, this implies wrangling climbers away from bed at 4 a.m. to shoot all day and never getting again till late at night time. “I worked for eleven hours yesterday,” he says — 5 hours of which he dangled in his harness taking pictures mountaineering in damaging 15-degree temperatures. Spindrift swirled round him. He says of the harmful work, “there are more objective hazards to mitigate when shooting ice climbing, like falling ice, falling rock and avalanches.”

The place capturing mountaineering means shivering in place, his hardest day in the subject got here whereas backcountry snowboarding on April 5, 2018 when he was caught in an avalanche along with his companions.

“We were standing on top of it when it started,” he says of the slab avalanche that partially buried one individual and left the different sufferer 13 ft under the snow. Miraculously that individual lived and had no accidents, which is probably going a primary for somebody buried that deep. Banfield and his accomplice dug her out and he later shared his story with journalist Jayme Moye. The story ran in Alpinist magazine and received the Mountaineering Article Award at the Banff Mountain Movie and E-book Competition.

Earlier than attending the Banff Movie award ceremony, Banfield traveled to Nepal for 2 months for a climbing journey, which was a path operating journey. He ran over three excessive mountain passes logging 75 miles with 21,000 ft of elevation achieve over 28 hours. He’s at present engaged on a narrative about the journey.

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Maarten Van Haeren main pitch three Massive Brother, WI5 200m Tim Banfield

To observe Banfield’s work, visit his website and his Instagram account.


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