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Climbing Photography with Irene Yee

Location Moab

Season Spring

Difficulty Moderate

Duration 1 Day


A collaboration between The Mountain Guides- MOAB and Photographer Irene Yee, this clinic focuses on how to set-up and shoot from a fixed-line. It is geared toward people who are already comfortable with using their camera but want to start taking top-down shots of rock climbing.

Season Spring

Minimum Age 18

Trip Planner

  • Introduction:
    • Client Introduction: What is your photography level?
      • Goals
    • Guide and climber intros
  • Communication:
    • the importance of communication with climber
    • what kind of day will it be?
    • how to prep your climber
  • What is Rock Climbing Photography:
    • the “Rules”
    • Irene’s triangle of rock climbing photography
    • a word on editing
  • How to Photograph on a Fixed Line:
      • communication reiteration
      • how to choose where to put the line: follow the light
      • framing, clean bases, shooting tips
      • efficiency: how to know your limits and choose when to move
      • how to get your line up
  • Setting Up:
    • the gear
    • anchoring: the bunny ear 8, the sliding 8, using a quad with sliding
    • efficiency/organization: learn to saddle bag the rope
    • safety: what is safety what is comfort, choosing the anchor to set up on
  • How to Jumar:
    • 2:1 system, and 2 jumar system
  • Climber Introduction:
    • How to prep your climber
  • Let’s Shoot!

Price $250 per person

Time Breakdown:

8:00am – Meet (Location TBD)

    •  Intro: who I am, client intros, guide and climber intros  and communication
    • 15min What is Rock Climbing Photography
    • 1hr Setting Up
    • How to Photograph on a line
    • 30mins Hike in
    • 45mins How to Jumar
    • 4hrs Shooting

Participants should plan to bring their own:

  • Camera and strap
  • Harness,
  • Alpine Draws
  • PAS
  • Gloves
  • GriGri
  • Batteries (2) -PAS
  • SD card 32 GB -Carabiners
  • Helmet
  • Approach Shoes

If you do not have any of this equipment please contact Joel Enrico at [email protected] and he will be able to help facilitate.


  • Approach Shoe – Guide Pick: Salewa  Firetail 3
  • Technical Rock Shoe: comfortable fit. -an aggressive fitting climbing, sport climbing shoe is not recommended.



  • 2 to 3 Liters of Water
  • For Approach Pack: hydration pack 2 liters
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Roll of 2 inch Cotton Athletic Tape

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT The Mountain Guides does provide technical climbing equipment (Helmet, Harness and personal protection equipment)  If you have your own, your are more than welcome to bring use it.

  • Harness
  • 3 Locking Carabineers
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Personal Attachment System

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or [email protected]

Located in southeast Utah, Moab is approximately 236 miles from Salt Lake City, 355 miles from Denver, 115 miles from Grand Junction and 458 miles from Las Vegas. Most trips and classes leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Many of our climbing sites are fairly close to town, while Indian Creek, Castle Valley and Fisher Towers take about an hour to get to. Once there however, there are miles of routes with close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal when compared to the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.  Climbing around Moab is usually about a 10 to 20 minute drive  from downtown. The approaches are very close to the car and routes are located close together.


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