Rahel Schelb, of Switzerland, is a teacher by training, but her passion for ice climbing has propelled her into an elite class of athletes. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Klemen Premrl, of Slovenia, climbs the side of a glacier in Iceland, while photographer Tim Kemple stands above with camera-in-hand, balanced against the edge, holding onto Rahel Schelb's hand. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Premrl first rapelled hundreds of feet into the base of the moulin (an ice crevasse in a glacier) before climbing out. Here, here rests briefly before continuing to climb. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Schelb stands at the top of the iceberg, the Northern Lights flaring in the sky behind her. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Premrl and Schelb inspect an ice cave in Iceland. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Premrl climbs the ceiling of an ice cave in Iceland. Other photographs have shown climbers in ice caves "posed," but Tim Kemple wanted to show real climbers actually tackling the highly difficult challenge of climbing horizontal ice. “There were these really beautiful textures, ripples on the sides of the walls, and I lit some of those with off-camera lighting just to bring a little bit of attention to the unique texture in the ice rather than the climbers,” says Kemple.
Photographer Tim Kemple captures a three-dimensional landscape of Klemen Premrl climbing the ceiling of an ice cave, Iceland.
Rahel Schelb attempts to climb horizontal ice, a highly technical challenge that few climbers attempt. Photo: Tim Kemple.
This photograph of Schelb was one of the highlights for Tim Kemple. “In a lot of ways, the photography is easy,” he says. “You get out to these beautiful places with talented athletes and you could drop the camera and take a cover-worthy photo. The real trick is to find new ways to capture things that people have never before seen.”
Klemen Premrl explores solo. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Premrl climbs a glacier wall. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Rahel Schelb climbs up the side of a moulin. Photo: Tim Kemple.
Schelb shakes it out. Photo: Tim Kemple.
A waterfall in Iceland glows as the Northern Lights dance in the background. Photo: Tim Kemple.
From left to right, the Climbing Ice team and crew: Björgvin Hilmarsson (Guide), Klemen Premrl (Climber from Slovenia), Kevin Harrington (SmugMug crew), Rahel Schelb (Climber from Switzerland), Anton Lorimer (SmugMug Filmmaker) and Tim Kemple (Photographer).