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John Price

How an Adventure Photographer Captured a Climber Scaling Grand Sentinel Spire

John Price was willing to wait. On an August afternoon, as two of his friends, Nathaniel Boucher and Cory Chikie, ascended the Grand Sentinel spire—one of the Canadian Rockies’ premier sport-climbing destinations, in Banff National Park— Price, an Australian-born photographer and climber, hiked to a mountainous spot more than a mile away.

 

 

He remained there for four hours as his friends scaled the needlelike 330-foot tower.

Though Price himself had made the climb and snapped photos earlier that day, “I’d dreamed of shooting it from afar with a long, 400mm lens,” he says. He’d hoped to capture the scale of the feature and the panoramic alpine vista.

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“The whole route is superexposed, and you’ve got these beautiful, 360-degree views of the mountains,” he says.

When the climbers reached the final section, Price knew his patience had been worthwhile.

“As I was lying there, taking photos, the moment was exactly as I’d envisioned,” he says. “I knew I was capturing one of the best images of my career.”

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