Currently Ivan Kristoff is creating a portfolio of “One Hundred Faces of Extreme Sports”, who have passion for high adrenaline activities. He aims to assist this adventure lovers in showing their world in a new way and will invite them in the new Web TV Series for extreme sports. He is also one of them and climbs solo in a free climbing style .
Photography by: Lazar Goushev, Ivan Yotov and Hristo Hristov
August Photo of the Month courtesy of Ivan Kristoff
This photo is from the timeline of Nikon Canada Inc. Facebook site, in which Ivan Kristoff won the Photo contest for Nikon Canada Inc.
“I was scouting out locations in Greece for my upcoming photo exhibit titled, ‘Achieve New Heights,’ which takes place on November 6-8, 2012 at the Dubai Helishow 2012 Exhibition. I wanted to capture a picture that would portray my personal philosophy, ‘Achieve New Heights,’ by focusing on a man who is taking a risk and looks out into the open. For this photo, I found a spot for my Nikon 1 J1 camera with 10mm lens and set the Self Timer option for 10 seconds. It was just enough time for me to climb up. If I remember correctly, I had a burst of continuous shooting. This photo was my favorite picture of the set.”
The experience from Solo climbing shapes the mental preparedness of Ivan’s team
How do you react, when your safety line is cut, when the “acts of God” apply to your body, hanging out a few meters off the wall, when you get your self in extreme situation at extreme heights, is what determines what kind of a vertical access expert you are. If you don’t have this experience in your childhood, then don’t expect to be efficient in a situation like that on the exterior walls at high altitude. Up there, the winds are so strong, the forces of nature so brutal, and you are feeling so lonely in the mercy of your knowledge and experience in dealing with such “delicate” situations, that only your reaction to action can determine the good come out of such events.
That is why at Ivan’s team, we appreciate and welcome experienced rock and ice climbers, who have enjoyed solo climbing and know not only how to ascend on walls with safety equipment and fall protection, but also to thrive on climbing up with the absence of these protective gear. Just leave the rest for us, and we will make a real life Spiderman of you.
“I don’t work. I have fun and I get well paid for that. And I earn with pride every cent, because I use my skills and thrive in the rope access industry where whole teams have failed and had fatalities. But boldness and solving problems, where others can’t or have failed, it comes with a price – you have to do it Solo. Because there is no one to follow you. I have tried hard and invested a lot of money in brave men, even triple national champions in Alpine mountaineering sports, but when I asked them to follow me up there.,a few hundreds meters off the ground, on the shaky Antenna Mast – there legs start shaking and eye pupils start growing… No thanks. That is I go solo and I finish solo the job. Especially in extreme winter weather conditions and brutal winds, above 60 km/h…
Up there, in 2003, on the unclimbed and unreachable places on the tallest tower in the world, no one could dare or be capable to extract me or come to the rescue. Some professionals have asked me – What if you are incapacitated or have a suspension trauma??? That is why I plan in advanced and develop a battle proven strategy, so that I can depend only on my self and save my self even in worst case scenarios. Even death is not an excuse!People who don’t have the experience that I have had, are excused to think otherwise. But let me tell you for the record – in my personal and professional life, I have been in situations, surrounded by people even more experienced than me, with whom I felt safe and secure, but “when the stuff hits the fan”, they ran like hell.So, as in the recent airplane tragedy of Germanwings – over safety can be an overkill. By-laws, regulations and safety rules can be applied in the industry, but for emergency situations and extremely high-risk task -there are the rules that have to be improvised and decisions made on the nick of the time. That why such tasks are not for every one.On behalf of our Club Extreme, we would like to express our special thanks to the assistance of the “STENATA” shop in providing alpine climbing equipment.” says Ivan Kristoff
Най-горната снимка спечели конкурса на Фейсбук страницата на Никон Канада. “Винаги съм се възхищавал на соло катерене, чистия начин да се слееш с природата, освободен от всякакви технологии и мерки за безопасност, които те отделят от същността на чистото катерене. Скаутирах места в България за предстоящия ми фото изложба, озаглавена” Achieve New Heights “, което се проведе на 6-8 ноември 2012 г. в хеликоптерното изложение в Дубай Helishow. Исках да заснема снимка, която ще представи личната ми философия “Постигане на нови висоти”, като предоставих камерата си на друг фотограф, като му нарисувах първо концепцията си.
Проучвах места в България и Гърция за предстоящата ми фото изложба, озаглавена “Постигни нови висоти”, която се проведе на 6-8 ноември 2012г. в Дубай. Исках да уловя мига със снимки, които представят моята философия, “Постигане на нови висоти”, като се фокусирам върху човек, който рискува и е с поглед към отвореното обятие, високо над земята. За подобни на тази снимка, намерих място за моята Nikon камера и зададох опцията Self Timer. Това беше достатъчно време за мен да се изкача нагоре и на мястото, където се бях позиционирал. Тази снимка е една от любимата ми от тази вертикална снимачна площадка”, казва Иван Кристоф