Climbing Photography with Irene Yee

Location Red Rock


Difficulty Moderate

Duration 1 Day


A collaboration between The Moutnain Guides- Red Rock 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 downshots of rock climbing.

Minimum Age 18

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  • 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
  • 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 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
  • How to Jumar
    • 2:1 system, and 2 jumar system
  • Let’s Shoot!

Price $175 per person

  • Time Breakdown:
    • 1hr 15min Travel (to and from crag)
    • 45mins Intro: who I am, client intros, guide and climber intros 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

Our Red Rock office is located at 8221 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 102, inside Desert Rock Sports. Las Vegas Airport is the closest and cheapest airport we recommend to clients. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our Las Vegas office at 702-254-0885 or email


Red Rocks’ climate is typical of the Mojave Desert, in which it is located, marked with hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. Highs in the 90s are common in the months of May, June, and September and temperatures normally exceed 100°F for several days in the months of July and August, but there is very low humidity, making the temps not feel quite so hot. The hottest temperature ever recorded is 117°F set twice, on July 19, 2005 at McCarran International Airport and July 24, 1942 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

Showers occur less frequently in the Spring or Autumn. July through September, the Mexican Monsoon often brings enough moisture from the Gulf of California across Mexico and into the southwest to cause afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Although winter snow is usually visible from December to May on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, it rarely snows in the city itself.Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of annual 4.5 in of rainfall coming from January to March. Winter daytime highs are normally around 60°F and winter nighttime lows are usually around 40°F. The coldest temperature ever recorded is 8°F set on January 25, 1937 at present-day Nellis Air Force Base.

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 and he will be able to help facilitate.

Upper Layers
Bottom Layers
  • Sun Hat – Baseball of full brimmed
  • Water – Water bottles or hydration bladder
    • (May-Sept) Minimum 3 Liters
    • (Nov-April) Minimum 2 Liters
  • Food: Energy Bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix. Bring Enough!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/ Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • Headlamp (For long routes)
  • Warm Weather – (May-Sept) The sun is intense and hydration is vital!.  Hydrate the night before your climb/ hike.  Consider freezing your water bottles or putting ice in them.  Light colored  and loose fitting clothes will help keep you cool.
  • Cold Weather – (Nov-April) Bring gloves and a warm hat that will fit under your helmet. Bring extra layers like long underwear and a heavier winter jacket to keep warm when the sun ducks behind clouds of dips below the canyon walls.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please contact our office for gear questions.  Rock shoes can be rented at JHMG.

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