Offbeat

By Mikey Jones


Two brave climbers have been caught tackling a huge frozen waterfall in a series of impressive drone photos.

Dave MacLeod, 39, was visiting Steall Falls – a spectacular waterfall and one of the UK’s largest – in Glen Nevis near Fort William, Highland, Scotland, on March 3.

PIC BY Dave MacLeod / CATERS NEWS 

The two climbers, Helen Rennard and Kevin Woods, decided to take the plunge and attempt to climb the waterfall.

Dave, who is friends with the pair, decided to photograph the moment they made the attempt with his drone.

And despite water still flowing through the ice, the climbers completed their mission, much to the delight of professional rock climber, Dave.

Dave said: “In our modern mild winters Steall Falls rarely freezes completely enough for ice climbers to climb it.

“But after the recent ‘Beast from the East’, temperatures were really low for over a week and the falls are very exposed to the easterly wind.

PIC BY Dave MacLeod / CATERS NEWS 

“When my two friends told me they were going to go up and see if it was frozen enough to climb.

“I immediately thought I must join them to see if I could climb it myself and also film/photograph it with my drone.

“We were a little unsure because there was still some water running behind the ice in the centre of the falls, but I used no rope, just climbing by myself and confirmed the ice was good on the left side of the falls.

“Then Helen and Kevin climbed it and I shot with the drone.

PIC BY Dave MacLeod / CATERS NEWS

“Steall Falls is highly sought after as an ascent by ice climbers, since it’s both impressive and is so rarely fully frozen.

“We were all delighted to have climbed it. As a local climber I’ve spent years rock climbing in Glen Nevis and so you see the waterfall all the time, so its amazing to get the chance to climb such a great natural feature in the landscape.”

Dave has claimed that the falls looked far bigger on his clips taken by his drone due to it being frozen.

He added: “It looked far bigger with two tiny climbers on it, than it normally does when it’s a waterfall.

PIC BY Dave MacLeod / CATERS NEWS 

“I’m pretty glad I climbed it first before shooting Helen and Kevin on it, otherwise I’d have been too excited to get on it to concentrate on shooting it.”