How a Group of All-Star Climbers Scaled a Glacier in Iceland

In ice climbing, it’s rare to come across an overhanging route or sheer wall that looks and feels more like a sandstone bluff than a hunk of frozen water. But that’s exactly what a team of climbers and photographers found last February in southeastern Iceland, on the glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park. Unlike waterfall ice, which develops when water droplets freeze into stalactite-like formations, glacial ice is compact and dense, and it’s carved by erosion in the same way that rock is.

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