Because climbing a frozen waterfall is never going to end well. Consider the name of the sport: ice climbing. When did you last climb ice?
An ice climber named Daniel Kollmann is generating massive angst for an incredible GoPro film of his climbing a frozen waterfall just as it collapses around him.
His film begins with just the sounds of his ice pick hitting the ice. No dialogue. Just a helmet cam’s view of what it’s like to climb a frozen ice mountain.
You hear the sound of running water far below – the waterfall beneath the ice!
Aside from the sheer balliness of doing this, all seems fine.
But suddenly, a section of ice gives way – just several feet away from him. You hear it crash in a pool far below.
Kollmann, a veteran climber with many videos on the net, then shouts to a fellow climber in Italian. You can tell he’s shaken even if you don’t understand Italian.
Another video shows the second climber taking cover behind a rock as the huge chunks of rock fall all around him.
But somehow, Kollmann makes it to the bottom.
So far, the incredible film has been viewed some 100,000 times on YouTube.
Many people seem shocked that ice climbers would take such huge risks in the name of their sport. But consider the name: ice climbing. When did you last climb ice?
One wrote: ‘Another sport that isn’t really a sport. It’s just a prolonged suicide in the making.’