Photographer's Note

Another in my series of the international ice climbing competition along the slate canyon of the Jacques Cartier river.
As I walked under this particular climber, I couldn't help but think what total trust in nature he must have to thread his way through these gigantic icicles that seem to be so delicately attached to the cliff wall.
These masses of ice weigh hundreds of tonnes and it is always my fear that they will break off and send the climber to a crushing death below.
But years of experience allows them to "read" the ice much like a canoeist would "read" the rapids before heading into danger.
In fact, a few minutes after taking this photo,the second icicle to his left(excluding the overhead one) broke off when he kicked it with his foot to test it.The sound of it shattering to hundreds of pieces at the base was eerie and echoed through the entire canyon...all heads turned to this section and were relieved to see him continue his climb via another route.

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