360 Ascent

Extremely exposed Climbing Photography

The world’s longest artificial multi-pitch route

In Trbovlje, Slovenia, a man-made cement spire rises 360 meters into the sky. The tower is a smokestack from a decommissioned power plant—and the tallest chimney in Europe. It has been converted into a multi-pitch climb and is now the longest artificial climbing route in the world. In October 2020, the Slovenian climbers Janja Garnbret and Domen Škofic accomplished the first ascent of the line. Whiteroom was hired to photograph the ascent. Jakob accompanied the project photographically and had to explore his own limits in the process.

Find the full movie made by kunst-kollektiv HERE

I have already photographed many exciting locations, but the exposure on this tower was unprecedented.

Jakob Schweighofer Photographer