Model's daring act on top of 30-metre cliff

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This is the heart-stopping moment a daring model climbs 30 metres up a cliff before unpacking a giant gown from a tiny backpack to pose for a photoshoot.

Fearless Dana Felker was captured in images perched on the narrow ledge of the rockface where she posed in the beautiful outfit.

She can be seen precariously arranging the dress while balanced on the spot in the Dragoon Mountains in Arizona, USA, as if unaware of the danger of falling.

Photographer Jay Phillbrick, 67, directed Dana to the clifftop via a walkie talkie in a race against time to ensure the correct lighting.

Model Dana Felker poses in huge purple gown atop a rock formation on the Dragoon Mountains, overlooking the Arizona desert, USA.
Model Dana Felker climbed the 30-metre cliff to pose in huge purple gown. Source: Jay Phillbrick/Animal News/Australscope

"We knew that we needed to get the shots no later than 3.30pm but when we arrived there were other climbers on the rocks," Jay, an accomplished rock climber, said.

"Eventually it was frantic trying to get where we needed to be, Dana was hauled up with the huge backpack, and we made it just in time.

"I actually get pretty nervous going into it, as the results are never a sure thing. But when I see the shots afterwards there is always a feeling of elation."

Jay, who has recently retired to Arizona with his wife Vicki, 64, set up the photo shoot with Dana after learning she has experience with aerial silk dancing and would be able to climb the cliff.

Dana was secured to the rocks via a harness throughout, to ensure that she did not get tangled or fall.

Dana Felker poses in huge purple gown atop a rock formation on the Dragoon Mountains, overlooking the Arizona desert, USA.
Dana was secured to the rocks via a harness throughout. Source: Jay Phillbrick/Animal News/Australscope

"Taking an image of a model on one of those spires was one of my bucket list shot, but I needed to find someone to do it," Jay, who has been a photographer for 15 years and a climber for 50, added.

"We didn't realise how tough the climb would be, I knew it would be really hard to get someone up there.

"I told her the problems I had, and Dana told me that she was into aerial silk dancing and knew how to climb the spire. That was the very first session and I was so lucky."

"The lightweight material looks really good because it actually floats, if you get a small breeze or updraft, it looks wonderful."

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