Imagine being a software engineer with a passionate love of filmmaking and climbing. You bump into your boss in the hall, who says, “[Renowned adventure Filmmaker] Tim Kemple is interested in seeing if pro ice climbers can climb ice caves. The team needs an assistant. Any interest in going?”
It took less than a second to blurt out “YES!!!” And another second to get a serious rush of imposter syndrome. Not only were Tim and Anton Lorimer award-winning filmmakers, the climbers had starred in GoPro films with millions of views.
“Ice climbers are used to frozen waterfalls, which are vertical,” my boss continued. “Tim and the climbers don’t even know if this is possible. But if it is, the images should be surreal.”
So into the caves and moulins we went, and to the top of huge, scary icebergs. This is Tim staring hundreds of feet down into the glacial abyss. Believe it or not, there are climbers down there.