Hanging precariously in tents off a jaw-dropping 1200 meter vertical cliff face wouldn’t be most people’s idea of the perfect camping trip. Chasing the longest and hardest - and probably most dangerous - wall climb ever attempted, is a challenge they rise to every day.
Gordon Wiltsie, the photographer, said that this particular climb on Great Sail Peak in Canada was quite perilous. It was the Arctic spring, so melting snow on both the summit and a ledge midway up the cliff constantly sent rocks and chunks of ice flying down. “For serious big wall climbers, simply being this far off the ground isn’t scary or dangerous in itself.”
"Camping in the Portaledges is a lot less scary and dangerous than it is climbing outside of them. They’re pretty comfortable and you don’t actually see the drop below. I find it similar to sleeping into a regular tent. You’re always harnessed into a separate anchor from the tent so I felt quite safe unless I had to lean out to get food or supplies from our haul bags hanging outside."The amazing collection of images is part of an exhibit of work by Wiltsie at the Mountain Light Gallery in California.