Spanish ice climber and Arc'teryx athlete Pau Escalé was legendary among his peers, as evidenced by these stunning images of his adventures. Tragically Escalé died in March 2012 while leading the crux pitch of La Dame du Cirque, a remarkable Wi7 in Cirque du Gavarnie, when the freestanding pillar collapsed under him. He was known for shouting “Gassss!! Megaexhibicio hyper-a mort!!!,” which loosely translate to "Foot down!! Mega-psyched hyper-to-the-death..." Perhaps prescient, one can only take solace that he died doing what he loved the most.

Photography: Arc'teryx