When I’m not being a Wedding Photojournalist: Rock Climbing Photography: Climbnasium Frostbite Competition, Mechanicsburg, PA

Elizabeth Arce giving a strong burn on the 45 degree wall during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012

If it were possible to make a living from traveling around the country photographing rock climbers I would totally do it…BUT it isn’t (the making a living part)…SO…I do it simply for the love of it.  I have to be thankful that I do have a paying job as a wedding photographer that allows me to have the necessary equipment for shooting in such low light situations while action is taking place.  I really do push my settings to the max and never use a flash because the last thing I want to do is distract a climber from sending his/her climb.  I use the same mentality when I photograph a wedding ceremony.  I never want to do anything that would distract the couple or the guests from the moments taking place.

I have mentioned before how much rock climbing is a part of who I am and it only makes sense that I want to document it.  What is even more special is this particular rock climbing gym is where I first learned how to climb.  Although it is not my home gym…it is my hometown gym.  The staff and the members are always so thankful when I drive 2 hours just to photograph the event.  They go beyond going out of their way to shake my hand; they try their best to get my photos exposure in the climbing world.  My published photographs in Climberism that I wrote about in the last post (CLICK HERE if you missed it) was all due to the members of the Climbnasium.  They are true friends/fans and having them sure means the most of anything in this world.  So I don’t get paid for this stuff but I’ll take a whole gym full of friends over a paycheck any day!

It was a blast hanging out and great seeing all the familiar faces!  It was great connecting with some new faces as well!  Shout out to Julian who hooked me up with a bowl of super veggie stew when my fuel tank was empty!  Thanks goes to Liz for allowing me to be the official photographer for Team Thundercats and allowing me to sport the awesome t-shirt!  Congrats to all the competitors and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did this year.  Thank you to the Open finalists for putting on a spectacular send fest that blew our minds!

Without further ado I present the best of the best moments from this year’s Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Competition!

Rocky Woodling on a tough arete problem at the Climbnasium Frostbite Comp 2012Joseph Reardon working through a balancy move during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012two fingers desparately holding on to this difficult crimp during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Crowd action long exposure during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Climber on upstairs arete during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Ben Strine poised and ready to make his next move during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Tim Rose holds on tight after a big move on the 45 degree wall during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012A strong young climber isn't intimidated by one of the most difficult walls in the gym during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Travis Gault, bossman, or "Old Pappy" as he likes to refer to himself, cleaning of a chalked up hold to allow for better grip for the next competitor during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Sue Brum squeezing on tight to the sloper holds on women's finals problem 2 at the Climbnasium Frostbite Comp 2012Emily Varisco deciphering the sequence before attempting womens problem 3 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Shea O'Donnel showing some emotion on the finish of womens problem 2 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Tim Rose cruising through mens final 1 as Alex Brown makes his way through mens final 2 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Jeremy Little showing off his pinch strength on mens final problem 3 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Tim Rose eye balling the last holds in mens final 2 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Ryan Scurfield stretching to the max on mens final problem 3 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012Tim Rose exciting the crowd as he muscles through mens final problem 3 during the Climbnasium Frostbite Climbing Comp 2012

If you want to see the entire selection of images from the comp please visit my Online Gallery Site HERE.

To see the competition results please visit the Climbnasium’s Event page HERE.

Show some love for all the effort put into this years comp by becoming a fan of Climbnasium Inc Facebook page HERE

And I kindly thank you for visiting my blog today and if you feel compelled to leave me a little love in the comments section that would be most appreciated! 🙂

DV

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~ by DanielleVennard on February 17, 2012.

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