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As a follow-up to yesterday's Ice Climber photo, I thought I would post this to illustrate the safety precautions taken for these challenging climbs.
As the climber works his way up the ice wall or rock face, he installs anchor fasteners along the way.He loops his rope through these anchors as he climbs, while his "buddy" partner as the base lets out rope as required.
This buddy plays a crucial role.He must keep his eyes on the climber at all times to be alert for any slips or falls. If the climber loses his grip or footing he will fall to the latest anchor while the buddy hold the line to prevent further falling.
The was heavy traffic along this narrow path by the river for the Festiglace competition as some of the more daring climbers headed for the unsanctioned "at your own risk" section which was dangerously close to the frigid open water of the Jacques Cartier river.
Given the blustery blizzard we had, I ran this image through Neat Image in an attempt to remove some of the disturbing noise caused by the snow.
By the way, this is one of eastern Canada's most beautiful and challenging rivers for whitewater canoeing in the summer months.

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