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01/22/2014 07:48 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Lone Photographer Climbs Canadian Rockies At Night, Documents Hike In Stunning Photos

Paul Zizka got the idea for his epic photo series from early-morning mountaineering trips he took as a kid.

"I was amazed by the quiet and beauty of a night spent high in the mountains," he told the Daily Mail. "Eventually, I ended up shooting more at night than during the day."

The photographer's latest was shot at night around the Canadian Rockies (sites include Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks). Zizka took his photos at long exposure for sweeping views of the ice and stars, and he plants himself in each frame so viewers can more easily imagine their own selves perched alone on a quiet mountain in a place they've never been.

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