Last year I went on my first ice-climbing trip to Norway. Actually at that time the ice festival in Rjukan was taking place and basically all the climbers gathered in a youth hostel and stayed there for about a week.
It was such a cool vibe in there, so many different characters all with the same passion made it really feel like a family gathering. A lot of things happened in this youth hostel, especially in the mornings when everybody started preparing for their own adventures.
In this picture I found Rudi Hauser preparing his ice tools in the cellar of the. It was super dark but also such a nice scenario that reflected where the heroic action actually begins. I only had a medium format camera at hand so I was very limited with ISO speeds but I still wanted to capture this pure moment. So I just pushed the sensor and went on a really slow shutter speed leaning on the railing to stabilize as much as possible. That’s it, that’s all, and I got my magic moment.