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Adventure time in the frozen lands. Ice climbing season has returned to Eastern Newfoundland with great fat ice coming in at Stiles Cove, Red Head Cove, Bell Island and South Side Road in St John’s. The hurricane/blizzard certainly helped. This is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety, a WI5 rating in Red Head Cove, Flatrock, Newfoundland. There is a series of photos over on my Instagram @greg.locke
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Building anchors and rapping off Wasootch Ridge in the rain in Kananaskis, Alberta with Erinn Locke this past summer. #prana #scarpa, #petzl #northface © 2019 Greg Locke
…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.
Back in August outdoor retailer, Atmosphere, came out to Newfoundland to shoot their fall ad campaign on the iconic East Coast Trail …and it was a blast! Our crew of eight hiked, scouted explored and shot in locations from Flatrock to LaManche over 5 days. Even Cape Spear …as far east as you can go in North America! For a photography and ad people its very rewarding to be doing full on advertising production on location in beautiful place.
Producer: Kaitlyn Smith
Art Director: James Wallbank
Production Assistant: Terry Day
Models: Camille Stopps, Morgan Locke, Michael Zatylny, Faraz Qureshi.
Its no big secret that editorial photography and photojournalism in general has taken a big hit over the past few years. There are very few outlets that actually pay or commission this work any more and it is now not more than a hobby for individuals who can afford to do it and have some vision or sence of adventure. This is why getting to work on Anthony Bourdain’s, Parts Unknown in 2018 was not only a great honour but a nice change of pace photographically for me as I return, briefly, to my “old life” …on the road with a couple of cameras.
The death of Bourdain not long after the Newfoundland segment of the TV show and the web stories launched only made it more poignant for me. He was a big person with a big heart who loved travel and telling stories. Food was the vector. Something all humans have in common regardless of all our other differences. The TV/video shows are great but the Parts Unknown Website and its companion site, Roads and Kingdoms are an expansion of the TV series and a testament to his dedication for journalism …get out their on the road.
In fact, Roads and Kingdoms may well be the best or travel/adventure journalism out their now. Do yourself a favour and go visit.
…or click on the images to see the stories I worked on for the segment.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?
As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.
As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.
Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.
The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.
OK, that might be a bit delusional. July was a weather torture test in Newfoundland and “Winter is Coming” has become “I told you so” as December gets a firm grip on us and we resign ourselves to the dark months. ….BUT! August was awesome and the summer stretched well into October so we got to do some great “fall” shooting that looked like an endless summer. A little bit of climbing with the Newfoundland Youth Team in Stiles Cove, yoga in the Manuals River with climber and circus aerialist Keely Whitelaw, getting dirty in the political trenches with Marg, Princess Warrior and glorious “summer” photos with NSO musicians Chantelle Jubinville and newest member Rosemary Lawton. The remote sandy beach at Lance Cove Point at the southern tip of the Avalon Peninsula is a match of anything in the tropics …ok, the temps were chilly but it LOOKS like the Caribbean! We took sheep for a boat ride on the islands off Tors Cove, danced with Katie Hardy at Cape Spear and it even made our shoots with Toromont CAT much more pleasurable. Our vacation adventures in August saw us out on the road kayaking, canoeing and exploring the out-of-the-way areas of north east coast of the island. So, here is good-bye to summer and hello winter. Bring it on. Skiing and ice climbing coming up.
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