100 Glowsticks and a Vertical Cliff make for crazy climbing scene

You may have seen our post on nocturnal ice climbers and glowing waterfalls earlier this year. Part of that same crew, including photographer Matt Holland, were at it again. This time the medium was rock, and the area was the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas. Holland coaxed his climber friends to wear glowsticks and lighted necklaces and climb vertical rock at night. His Canon 7D camera soaked in long exposures (three to five minutes) to capture the trippy scene. —Stephen Regenold

Climbers leave light trails via glowsticks on a 5.6 climb at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Mandatory glowstick group shot

Climbing hard via headlamp

Meanwhile back at the ranch. . .

In the daylight!

Rapping off the cliff, time to head home

—Photography © Matt Holland


Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.