I hope your edges were sharp enough for the descent! Great shot.
Thanks! Actually the descent was a lot easier on the back side, something I, sadly, required.
Great shot! We skiers live better than the average Joe.
Definitely true in Austria, that is for sure!
Nice feeling of action!
Thank you. I love your ice climbing pictures! And the Caucuses look like an amazing place, I want to go one day.
When I see pictures like yours it makes me realize how much more experience I need in order to have pictures of my own like yours. Great inspiration.
Thank you, it's a feeling I recognize well. Enjoy the journey!
That's gnarly man! Looks like it was a sick trip, just the kind I'm lookin for haha!
Great shot. Looks like nice exposure.
Thank'ee Brad. Yep, we felt it. Fortunately (or unfortunately) some clouds came in and allowed us to feel cozied and safe for a while :-D.
great shot Michael!
Thanks Radek, it was a fun climb :D.
I have a sneaky suspicion the photo isn't level and makes the ice look steeper than it is (the background rock outcrop doesn't look right, for instance).
Must resist temptation to vote 9 instead of 10. :-)
The wall is 50° and 250m high and one of the more popular beginner ice/neve routes, but when it is ice (like here) 50° can feel dicey. Looks OKish to me.
Looking at the way stuff is hanging off his harness, the pic looks reasonably level to me...
Huh, well I never! I used two hands and was leaning back comfortably on my belay, so for what it's worth, it's at least as level as any other picture I'd take from a comfortable position. I measured the angle as well by making a triangle, and it came up as 51.2 degrees. So judging by the advertised angle of the climb, I decree a margin of error of 1.2 degrees :-).
You've been trolled. Ha ha ha!
The only other proof shot I could find was this one
The rock outrcop at bottom right is the same one as in your photo and the snow hump on the mountain fall line directly behind it is also the same (this snow hump has a little thumb of rock to its left in your photo). I note that the image sourced above is level for sure.
This photo also shows the hump I'm talking about at dead center.
Well, thank goodness you can't see the true horizont. Too many clouds, you know. ;-))
Are you kidding? No, nobody skied it. I'd be really surprised if anybody could because it was 250 meters of bare ice. Wow...what would that look like? :-D You are right, that would be a better picture!