Behind The Shot: ‘Ice Climbing on the Matanuska Glacier’ by Tom Bol – Alaska

Hiker and climber Colby Coombs glacier cliff face hiking Denali National Park Reserve Alaska Adventure sports photography

Ice Climbing on the Matanuska Glacier by Tom Bol

We had spent time photographing Denali from a backcountry campsite, then moved over to the Matanuska Glacier to photograph ice climbers. The climber in this shot, Colby Coombs, runs a mountaineering school in Alaska and was helping me teach a photo workshop on adventure sports. He volunteered to climb this ice fin on the Matanuska Glacier for the shot. While the climbing in the image is serious, for experienced climbers like Colby this is something he is very comfortable doing. I couldn’t believe our luck when a huge storm came down the glacier and created dramatic dark clouds behind the ice. More drama for an already very dramatic shot! – Tom Bol

Equipment and settings: Nikon D3, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II zoom lens – 1/500th at f/13 – ISO 200

This image (ic1566) is available as a print through request at Bol’s website here. To see more of Bol’s work go to Find more information on upcoming workshops to Acadia, Yellowstone, Costa Rica and many more here. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See his motion work at Vimeo.