“Scaling the Gendarme” by Ivan Petrov

“Scaling the Gendarme”

With the team having to resort to modern climbing shoes and helmets to minimize the risk of a potentially lethal fall, support team member and rope leader David Ray (top) helps Natalia Danalachi (centre) and Robert Le Blanc (right) tackle the hardest part of the climb – a formidable protruding rock know as the Gendarme. It took Conrad Kain almost two hours to navigate around this granite monolith. Natalia is seen here at the very crux of the climb.