SINGING THE CHEONGSONG

Last year (2016) was the first time that I had visited Cheongsong and it opened my eyes to some of the beauty that I would be lucky enough to see whilst touring with the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup ... if I was willing to go looking for it. 

Some of my favourite and most interesting shots came from that first trip to Cheongsong and you can see them around different parts of my web portfolio. 


This year 

I was keen to look deeper into the area around the "Ice Valley". I wanted to capture some different elements of the incredible ice there as well as some of the more intricate cultural details.

I was keen to shoot some of the athletes too. Here is a selection of what I ended up with  ... 

A world of ice. Safe to say it was pretty darn cold. © L LONSDALE 2017

A world of ice. Safe to say it was pretty darn cold. © L LONSDALE 2017

There is something incredibly simple and naturally beautiful about frozen water. These giant ice cubes demonstrate the point perfectly. © L LONSDALE 2017

There is something incredibly simple and naturally beautiful about frozen water. These giant ice cubes demonstrate the point perfectly. © L LONSDALE 2017

Angi Rainer (ITA) in qualifiers © L LONSDALE 2017

Angi Rainer (ITA) in qualifiers © L LONSDALE 2017

Yannick Glatthard (SUI) looking relaxed before finals © L LONSDALE 2017

Yannick Glatthard (SUI) looking relaxed before finals © L LONSDALE 2017

 
Can you believe that this droplet is attached? Insane. Physics © L LONSDALE 2017

Can you believe that this droplet is attached? Insane. Physics © L LONSDALE 2017

Gihado Kadota (JAP) before he put a speed tool in his thigh © L LONSDALE 2017

Gihado Kadota (JAP) before he put a speed tool in his thigh © L LONSDALE 2017

Weird formations of ice on rope © L LONSDALE 2017

Weird formations of ice on rope © L LONSDALE 2017


MORE VISUALS COMING SOON

I'll be releasing more images from my recent adventures; visual highlights, videos and words covering some of the highs, lows and in-betweens. Keep your eyes on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter for updates as they appear.

Until then. LL