I shot this photo during an ice climbing trip to Norway in 2014, with four other climbers. After four days driving from Oslo to the countryside looking for ice lines in good conditions, we were destined not to find them, even more so after we crashed the rental car against a huge truck on the road.
Then, when we arrived at Eidfjord we heard the biggest icefall in the country was close to the village. We immediately wondered if this icefall would be frozen. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at the bottom and discovered it was totally frozen, and with enormous and dangerous spikes hanging everywhere.
Then I had to decide if I’d get the best shot by climbing with the others, or by finding a good point of view to shoot from afar. I chose the second option and didn't regret it. I scrambled onto the top of a small hill at the bottom of the icefall and tried to find the best angle.
When Julien Irilli started to climb the nice cigar in the middle part of the icefall I saw he was so small, lost in the middle of the icy palace. To jump from the cigar to the next step, made of spikes, he had to make an elegant leg movement to put the top of his crampons on the side.
They were super happy when they returned, but it was also scary because a block of ice as big as the car fell from the wall just a few minutes after they rappelled down!