National Geographic : 1999 Jan
The acrobatic art of mountain photography On high alert for photo possibilities, Gordon Wiltsie looks skyward from a cramped belay station and gear depot (below). When he needed close-ups of the ascent, the climbers rigged a rope for him to climb alongside them. To create extra framing space, Wiltsie tied himself to a kind of sideways tripod (left) to capture an image of the wall camp (preceding pages). Most times he pushed off from the wall, hung in midair from a rope, and snapped. Videographer John Catto also got vertical as he chronicled the expedition, which was sponsored by the Society and outdoor equipment manufacturer i The North Face. His work premieres January 20, 1999, on TBS in a National Geographic EXPLORER feature, "Hitting the Wall."