A few years back when I was climbing full time I began to try the Ewbank route on the Totem Pole. The route had only had one free ascent and was climbed in three separate pitches all on separate days. I wanted to link all the pitches into one hard and sustained pitch that went the full length of the totem pole. Unfortunately, during my attempts I developed tendonitis, and had to stop climbing.
Since then I have been inspired to photograph somebody climbing the route in one massive pitch. I new it would make a spectacular photo. Unfortunately the route is notorious for being hard and quite bold, so I found it difficult to find a keen subject. Earlier this year I invited some of Australia’s best rock climbers, Lee Cossey and Andrea Hah, down to try the route and make a film of the ascent.
Andrea was unsure about the route due to its intimidating nature. She found the courage after a couple of days of consideration. This Photo was of her first attempt just before she fell off, after climbing through the crux. She climbed it clean the next day, making her the first female to do so.