We were in Switzerland shooting personal work a little while ago when Publicis Zurich called. Luckily I was able to pop straight round for a chat.
The resulting campaign turned into a great adventure around the Grisons area of Switzerland and ticked off something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.
As a keen ski mountaineer I have a real love for the mountains so when we had a chance to be heli dropped on the summit of Piz Palu (4000m) I was super excited.
It snowed quite heavily the night before the shoot so it was impossible for anyone to climb the mountain the next day. This meant that for our shot we had the summit all to ourselves.
We jumped out of the chopper, roped up, crampons on, ice axe in hand and set out across the snowy ridge.
Art Director, Conny Jaeger
Creative Director, Roger Ruegger
Produced by KT Produktion
Retouching; Steve Rochford at Layer1retouching.com
October 30th, 2012 by Nick Meek
I shot this new series on location above Grindelwald, Switzerland and in Chamonix, France. It’s an idea that I came upon whilst reading ‘Mountains of my Life’ by seminal alpinist Walter Bonatti. The saying goes that black crows (choucas) are the souls of climbers lost to the mountains.
May 2nd, 2012 by Nick Meek
Now some people are born with style…. and whoever owns this ranger is certainly no exception. If you live in a wooden house and have a wood veneer pickup you’d just have to show them off together ! Mountain chic is alive and well folks……
January 10th, 2012 by Nick Meek
Silverton is hidden within the San Juan mountains, Southern Colorado.
In the summertime, this little town is full of tourists who come to see the fake cowboys and saloon girls.
Now in the depth of winter as the buildings get boarded up the town becomes home to a small bunch of die-hard backcountry skiers.
January 8th, 2012 by Nick Meek
This is the mighty Glacier du Tour in the Mont Blanc region of the French Alps.
From the summit of the Aiguille du Chardonnet (3’824m) to the valley floor is a staggering 2’600 vertical meters and only 80 years ago this beautiful glacier stretched all the way down.
The glacier now starts a vertical kilometre higher up the mountain.
November 17th, 2011 by Nick Meek
At 6856 meters above sea level, Ama Dablam is a Himalayan giant. Her name translates to Mother’s Necklace after the huge hanging glacier that can be seen near the summit of the south face. This picture is taken from Chukung Ri on the other side of the Khumbu valley.
As we look at the mountain the left ridge leading to the summit is the northwest ridge. It was first climbed in 2001 byÂ Jules Cartwright and Rich Cross. They climbed alpine style without the use of oxygen.
March 11th, 2011 by Nick Meek
The Mer de Glace glacier under Mont Blanc is full of crevasses. We had to ‘rope up’ the yeti to be sure it didn’t disappear through a weak snow bridge. What you can’t see here is the rope leading to a very sturdy mountain guide with his ice axe buried deep enough to arrest a fall. The Mer de Glace area its self isn’t that remote, it’s serviced by Europe’s highest cable car Call of the Yeti â€“ Plan de lâ€™Aiguille which transports tourists to the top of the Aiguille di Midi and the mountaineers who come to explore the Mont Blanc Massif . On our journey back to the cable car we passed a few groups of alpinists. We were all roped up so as not to fall off anything. Martha chose to leave the yeti costume on for warmth…… it looked like the mythical yeti had finally been caught !
June 25th, 2009 by Nick Meek
June 25th, 2009 by Nick Meek
March 2nd, 2009 by Nick Meek