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Comments by aerili (159)


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Only a trad climber would bother to flip his sport draw biner upside down after clipping the rope on a bolt. On a roof. When he's probably pumped. Just fall already! Just givin ya a hard time, bro. :-D

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Yeah, I can verify he's so not hard core. :-P !!

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Uh, this route is actually rated 5.6 to my knowledge. Waaaay old school 5.6....hello!

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Mike, for the last time--it's not Ulof, it's Hjordis (and that would be an "o" with two dots above it, but rockclimbing.com is racially discriminating against my Norwegian ancestry by omitting such letters in the Scandinavian alphabet)!! This name means, of course, "sword goddess" in old Icelandic....Don't you wish you could solo THAT! ;-P

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4 out of 5 stars What, and ruin the mystery of it all? Just kidding, too... I prefer threesomes with men when you come right down to it. =)

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I know, Manny, but somebody's gotta do it. =)

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Thanks. This was essentially the only place on the pitch that I was capable of taking a shot....the rest was all business. It was too bad there was not a third person to take more photos...the contrast between the sky and the rock that day made the whole route beautiful, start to finish.

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Yeah, buy adidas, not prana! They'll make you more colorful too. The problem is, if there was no white, navy, black, or gray in the world, most Americans would be naked. Look around sometime, USA, you'll see what I mean.

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Wow, boulder rich definitely knows what he is talking about!! =)

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Dude, I have a hard time believing this could be legal. That cactus is most likely at least 100 years old; have some respect for your elders!

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No way, you gotta layback it all the way, dude!!! You missed the headiest part!

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Very nice and interesting climbing "still life"....Good mix of colors too.

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4 out of 5 stars Looking hot. But if you bring this photo to me in America, I will sharpen the details and improve the color. Now you have an incentive. =)

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5 out of 5 stars Sweet, Andre, but you need to look at the camera next time and stop worrying about the so-called loose flakes! :-P

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It would be even better if the belayer could be seen below.

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Wow, looks a bit hard and slippery! What kind of rock? You appear to be soloing...You are a bad ass, Andre! =)

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Uh...how does one fall on a route but complete it "clean"? (And that would actually be "cleanLY" if you want to get grammatically correct...

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5 out of 5 stars Sweet perspective. Even though her face isn't too revealed, the pic captures something of the intensity of the moment regardless. I also like how the foreground is out of focus but it gives depth to the photo. Too bad the dude on the right below her is so dark and somewhat cut off at the top...it would add more interest if he was completely visible.

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Yeah, I sewed it up a bit as this is the crux of p2, but the angle of the photo makes the slab look deceptively less vertical than it really is and it makes the pro look closer together. This area in Arizona also has very old school ratings, so the cruxes on most of the 5.7s feel more like anywhere from 8+ to 9.

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Yeah, because now he has a bought a better camera and doesn't need to use theirs anymore. ;-P

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Thanks for the update. Actually, none of us could remember what route it was, we just thought it was a 10c on Intersection so I randomly picked a 10c route listed, hehe... =)

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I think these are the best photo comments I have ever laughed at!

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Argh, it's possible it's partially unlocked. I hate that locker; it doesn't like to stick in the locked position and I am constantly checking it whenever I use it, but it may have unscrewed slightly while moving the rope off my anchor to switch leads...

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5 out of 5 stars Nice, a hot sport climber for once. We should have more pictures like this on rc. Is that a wedding ring you're wearing or just some kind of light streak on your left hand ring finger? It's bad to climb and wear rings, y'know....

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3 out of 5 stars The picture is not perfect, but it does have an interesting quality to it regardless with the color of the setting sun (no red filter was used, though?). It's fine for just a profile shot, much better than all the butt shots I see on here!

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5 out of 5 stars I'm rating this picture for the human subject in it, not the mountains. Who cares. You should cut your hair short like this again, you dirtbag. ;-P

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Mike, are you wearing shorts?!

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I better not EVER see you again with a cancer stick in your hand!! And quit posting these crappy photos with sun flares in them.... If the sun wasn't always in your eyes and a cigarette in your hand, maybe you wouldn't be so gripped, guapo!

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j_ung, I'm not sure I tried rotating it to check out that perspective! I'll have to do so later and see what I think! The only drawback may be that in that view the climbers would appear smaller and less dramatic. Thanks for the input!

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Soooo true, dynosore...

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That is his *username* of course. If you want to address him directly, then it's Dr. Lee (in your case)!!

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Dude, that rack looks older than you do! Holy old school!! =)

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4 out of 5 stars I like the color in this one! Sky looks so clear too, no Brazilian jungle mist.... =)

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5 out of 5 stars I have always loved this photo...

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4 out of 5 stars Don't know why so many people down-rated this photo... Nice job as usual, Shawn. The concentration captured in Hong's face is superb and your composition is nice.

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4 out of 5 stars If people don't like pictures, they really shouldn't post anything...it's incredibly pointless. Anyway, the shadows here seem, at first glance, to be almost too dark, yet then one notices how perfect they really are, bringing out the contrasts, the brighter colors, the mood, and the time of day so well.

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Super cool shot, great capture of the climber's movement, bonus points for being OW crack, and awesome photo to represent Nevada, my home state!

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I wish I knew how to use PS like you. Maybe I shouldn't keep trying to figure it out randomly as I go, huh.... =) Although sometimes I prefer a slightly more "natural" look to photos, but regardless, you have a talent on both ends of the process. Feel free to come shoot pictures of ME anytime you want!! :-P

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No, this pitch takes the cake because it is so unique and exciting! =) I've never been on a route with a traverse quite like this you know.

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3 out of 5 stars I like the composition and B&W tone of the pic... It's too bad the photographer accidentally cut off the left foot. But lose the socks, man. ;-)

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Oooo, yeah, can you say rope drag? =)

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It needs a little sharpening, but somehow you can still tell grippedclimer is hoping his p.o.s. shoes don't fail him now.... Nice lead on that sandy, slopey OW stuff, Mike.... ;-)

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Props for putting this up, Scott! It's name should really be "Tape and No Strawberries" or something.... My hands still have scars from the non-taped first attempt....:-\

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I made the pic as crisp as possible but further sharpening made "noise" start to appear, if you know what I mean. :\ Unfortunately, there was no way to get higher off the ground; I was walking through a meadow toward the trees and got up on a rock, then held my camera overhead to maximize a bird's-eye-view as much as possible. Shoulda had some Red Bull around that day...

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I did capture some pics with the beak in full view, but the photos as a whole were not as powerful; however, I may post another one of them anyway just for effect. My favorite details in this pic are all the tiny raindrops still clinging to the stalks, petals, etc. This photo was taken after an enormous downpour forced us to bail off a route on the mountain, so I used the rest of my day to snap away while drying out.

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Thanks for the correction, I'm not a tree expert, haha. It appears, though, that perhaps both aspens and mountain birches live in Medicine Bow National Forest. They look so much alike to me I really can't tell the difference.

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I'm not comparing my butt shots to other people's, letolives.... Didn't you pick up on that? Anyway, I suppose it depends on your criteria, too (maybe the men's do it more for ya? heheh), but it's probably the butt shot of me I like the most right now!

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4 out of 5 stars Nice saturation and color contrasts! Looks like a wide angle lens was used? Having the belayer in the shot makes it an even better shot, and I personally like the leaves falling--they make for awesome color and add movement to the scene!

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To all the critics:
1) This WAS shot digitally, not scanned from film
2) I already commented about trying to sharpen more and getting "noise" after this point.... Maybe I don't know how to do it like a pro but, then again, I ain't a pro
3) I did take shots with less sky and more foreground and it did not look better (try not to be in disbelief, it's true); additionally, I took some horizontal shots and they looked much more blah, not to mention I tried cropping out different amounts of the sky in this pic before posting it, and it didn't improve the picture for some reason
4) Try to enjoy the picture for what it is: I wanted to share a moment in time that offered me a transient glimpse into the beauty and mystery we all seek out on this planet... I wish a mere photograph could have captured the feeling I had better, but this is what I can offer. Thanks for all the nice comments recognizing this intent!

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I really like it; it has a great 'feeling' and your composition is awesome.

I don't understand people who go around on this site posting "it's nice BUT I really don't like blah blah blah" photo comments. People post photos here for many reasons other than to hear whatever you think about their exposure or framing. Stay positive and ye shall reap what you sow...

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Love the Young Guns title reference!!

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Hey piton, that was purposeful. =)

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5 out of 5 stars This photo is really wonderful... Amazing capture of the moment with a subtle but beautiful blend of colors.

Comments like those of Event's (above) are a waste of server space. Go spend your time searching for pictures of gym climbing, Event.

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Whhhhat a cutie! Even if he DOES carry his slings over the shoulder! ;-D

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Not after a monsoon, it's not! But otherwise the area rocks!!

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Nice title.... Isn't that always what they say? My brother and I encountered some hikers in Red Rocks in November on our way out to a route in Pine Creek Canyon. They stopped to ask us if we were "rappelers" or knew when the other rappelers were going to come out and start doing their thing that day. Haaa.... "Yeah, I do a mean rappel--few can touch my style!"

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I love this photo; it really stands out from the rest of pics on this site!!!

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5 out of 5 stars Killer shot--your slog was worth it!! This looks just like the other side of the Sierras around Reno where I'm from. ;-)

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4 out of 5 stars Nice perspective! The terrain adds a lot of interesting details for the eye to linger over.

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Nice shot! Just straighten your horizon and it will look perfect! =)

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But still, this photo has character and its own kind of charm... =) I wanted to take a photo like this a couple weeks ago while flying out of Phoenix: I was sitting in the exact same seat position and looking at the western horizon, which was lit like a strip of glowing embers. City lights below me were creating patterns in the blackness and you could see the jet's wing lights blinking up close... Alas, my camera was in my bag in the overhead, sigh...

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Go, Scandanavians!

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5 out of 5 stars Beautiful!

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Good pick up on the Beastie Boys, elvislegs!

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That is some very strange crack technique....

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5 out of 5 stars I love this picture...It even looks good on the current crappy video card powering the monitor I'm using. Good job on retaining your details under compression, too.

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I swear I took a picture of my partner Malieka at the exact same place and it looks exactly the same as this. Come on, people, break the cycle!

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Outstanding shot! Magazine quality in my book.

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I almost imagine I see someone at the top... =)

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome! There is so much potential in this area. A couple months ago I went hiking to some ruins in the Cherry Creek area and there is simply unimaginable amounts of rock everywhere to behold.... Some of it looks to be not so good but some of it looks to be good quality mixed stuff once cleaned, limited only by how long and difficult of an approach you can muster. What an amazing area!

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I like the sepia tone and the misty background; making it a little sharper if possible would really make it nice! Good shot.

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I see people have been hard at work downrating your photos. This has happened to me too a couple times. Monkey see, monkey do.....

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Exposure on the route or light exposure?? :)

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Scott, I hate you. I was simply surfing through the newest submitted photos when you startled me out of my happy and peaceful state with this unauthorized pictorial. Count on butt shot revenge soon....

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This is my kind of trad climber!!! Now if only I could remember how to speak Spanish semi-fluently.... :| :)

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5 out of 5 stars Very well done. I love the angle and the moment captured. Did you blur the edges later or did you actually use the camera settings to do this during the actual shot?

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5 out of 5 stars I LOVE this photo. It is, like, one of the friggin greatest butt shots ever!!! The lighting, the shadows, the trees and THEIR shadows, the contrast of the rock's colors and surfaces, the clouds, the position of the climber, it is all sooo incredibly perfect. YES, now I have to climb this route one day too. Here, here!

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I climbed that route once and wondered why it was called 'Water Slip Down'....Hmmm, now I see! :) Every time I have been to the Forks that area is booooone dry.

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Although bouldering pics don't usually interest me that much, this one I like very much. Beautiful colors in the setting sun, interesting sky, and really nice detail/sharpness.

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Thanks, but it's not a watercolor--only a photo I created to look like one! :)

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Nice perspective and I love the detail on the gear that jumps out at you.

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This picture looks much better in the original size.

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I would like this picture made into a magnet I can put on my fridge and stare at for, um, inspirational reasons.

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Guess you are up sh-- creek, J! Oh, wait, you are still around even to this day, huh....... Musta been a deal with the devil that got YOU down!! :P

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4 out of 5 stars I love it. It's too bad part of his arm and the ends of the chocks got cut off in the pic, though. I know it is hard to catch all those little framing details when shooting a moving object!

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5 out of 5 stars Oh, but come up with a more arresting title! :)

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5 out of 5 stars Very nice. I like the photographer's position--the horizontal grooves on the rock draw your eye toward the climber. When you add in the vertical crack lines and the blocky shapes of the boulders lying below, it has a funky but cool geometric feel. Nice spread between your shadows, midtones, and highlights as well.

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The pink actually gives it just the right tropical feel.

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So...is your name Mrs Wix or Mr Swix? Oh, do I really care.... :P

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4 out of 5 stars Very nice, I like the depth of field used. This looks like a real arm eater for her! Also, her Biners of Many Colors line-up on her harness is cool looking... Mary and the Amazing Technicolor Rack! :)

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Who is in there? You or Scott?

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Fo real

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The Feathers is a very unique formation. This was virtually the first area I ever climbed outside--and did my first sport lead too--while visiting for a few days.

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Nice spread between highlights and shadows. The looming blackness from the line of the horizon to the way it creeps up behind the climber, waiting to engulf him, is sweet.

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I feel my pulleys popping.

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What did the frog think it goes at?

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Sweet; I take it the white line of the route wasn't created by chalk? Also, I gotta say slab pics never seem to reveal their true mettle in most pics...Most of my slab pics look like we're walking on all fours or hiking up a gentle rise. It's too bad, but I love your colors and the shadows in this one.

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4 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be the first thing he's dropped off that route! :P

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Great pic. Looks pumpy!

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WHAT is that chossophile doing on such a HARD aggregation of mineralization?!

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5 out of 5 stars I love the simplicity of the 3 dominant colors. Super crisp climber in high res version, too. Well done.

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Great shot. Lines converging in the distance look sweet. Also, I tape my hands like she does, but it never looks that neat and perfect....shit.

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She looks like she's free soloing.

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OMG
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

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Sweet crack. Painful on the tootsies. Sweet pain.

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Oh, yah, JB, you're looking just oh-so-weak to me!!!! Damn liar..... :P

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People who have no self respect continue to be born every day.

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Funny! I can almost see more terrain reflected in your sunglasses....

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4 out of 5 stars Wow, what a backdrop!! One day I must go back to the Cascades--this time to climb!! :)

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5 out of 5 stars Yeah, I guess that would be a "duh" conclusion, huh? My normally lucid thought process and deductive reasoning abilities must have been fragmented by the sex object in motion here.

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Actually, getting back to my ass, it really does look big and out there in an "ultimate" kinda way in the thumbnail version, I've noticed. I mean, if you were going to have the ultimate thumbnail butt shot, you would probably want this one.

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5 out of 5 stars Great shot!! I love how you have the blackest velvety blacks in the pic and it all weaves together nicely throughout with the background, her hair, and her shadow.

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Thanks, all. So I took like 10 pictures and this was the best one; framing out more of the sky really didn't look as good, actually!

As for regulation: well, I do understand their feelings when the route in question sits on privately owned, actively farmed land. I have a feeling regular climber usage could really deteriorate this area to some degree.

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Such a unique shot. That slab looks sick too!

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Wow! If I were you, I would have a good imaging lab blow this thing up and then frame it and hang it in your home. Way to capture the moment!

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I love it. Great shot!!

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4 out of 5 stars Great pic! I love her pose on the rock and the way the wind is blowing her hair--way to capture the moment just right!

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The symbol in the middle looks like the 'partial charge' sign used by chemists to denote a dipole charge of either + or - on a molecule.

Just sayin'... :)

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HOT!
Oh, and I like the motion in the feet vs the stillness of everything else, too. :)

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g-funk: Todd Gordon says 800 feet.

Hansolo: yeah, if only I had made some money off this shot....This upload would have a big fat copyright somewhere on it!

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This is one of the best photos I have seen on rc in a while--KILLER!!!

Makes me proud to be Norwegian....for some...uh...reason. I'll think of a relevant one soon. :)

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Thanks for sharing a slice of your current life with us in the context of the thing we share in common with you--even though we be safe at home and you are not!

P.S. The rock looks awesome there; may you have many more such boulder problems to solve.

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5 out of 5 stars Great shot! I second everything abe_ascends said. =)

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Way to make your colors pop, unnatural or not. (I heard unnatural is the new natural anyway!)

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This pic soooo reinforces all the cliches about boulderers, aye.

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It's a strange tenet of social psychology how people like Nate become so invested in their retardo and meaningless personal beliefs that they continue to try hucking it to the masses... as if anyone still cared.

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True. But we can check off enough other requirements on the list for the pic to qualify anyway.

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Right on!

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Amazing exposure--and righteous view!

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5 out of 5 stars This photo should be published.

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Love the backdrop!

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I've been debating whether or not to rotate this photo 90* to the left. Tell me what YOU think! I might delete this one and re-submit in the rotated position. I would like to hear others' opinions. :)

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Oh, my belayer isn't gay. He's my brother. ;-)

The route is 4 stars out of 4!

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Haaa, my belayer had been intently watching me in every pic leading up to this point--he was probably giving his neck a rest and got bored watching me catch my breath!

Thanks for the feedback.

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4 out of 5 stars Pretty nice in full size! The clouds are an interesting detail--and so funny how they are "walking" in a line across the middle of the sky!

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5 out of 5 stars Righteous shot and perfect lighting!

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Photo re-submitted in rotated position. Looks much better this way.

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The route is actually rated 5.8, solid at the grade, and not to be missed!

Julio, there is an older, scanned pdf guide to the area; I believe you can find it on supertopo.

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Foot strength, sister! Very nice.

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That's cause I am resting on a great foot rail (and this a profile pic, not really meant to demo the route moves). Otherwise, it's all laybacking, baby!

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You gotta love the OW bruise on my arm from a different route a few days prior.

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4 out of 5 stars Beautiful colors and interesting new perspective on a popular route!

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4 out of 5 stars Love that wide angle and the climber's expression!

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4 out of 5 stars I think sometimes people accidentally tilt their horizons while taking shots--this has happened to me many times with a digi. (Often because I am not holding it right up to my eyes or because the lighting makes it difficult to see every detail in the LCD.) I try to correct this by aligning and cropping in PS. Also, lenses that are less than 52mm can make it difficult to make proportions near and far all look exactly correct in dimension, steepness, etc.

Anyway, the photographer may not have done anything here 'on purpose' for deception. And the photo is still beautiful to me. Nice job.

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5 out of 5 stars Great shot!! I've seen other photos of this rock--it makes for very striking pics.

Best viewed in original size! :)

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5 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars Damn, I would frame and hang that hottie in my living room....:D

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Just don't actually tell Mr. Duncan he has skillz--it will only boost his ego more, haaa! As for Scotch, well, normally I don't drink it unless already fairly intoxicated, but all the routes on this particular wall are named after brands of said liquor, so I was just going with the flow here.

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That's some kinda bruising, son!

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5 out of 5 stars Thanks for an inspiring pic

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5 out of 5 stars Yeah, dlintz, is that you? ts83 is right, you're hot. :) Nice overall pic!

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k.l.k, how do you know that's not the crystal I'm referring to in the first place?! ;)

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Now that I think about it, how do you think I got UP this route in the first place? Oh, the crystal must be good....

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5 out of 5 stars What a wonderful pic and a lucky shot!

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4 out of 5 stars Nice shot. I'm not a huge fan of the route here, but I like this pic a whole bunch. Makes me miss the Stronghold.

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Great photo!!! The contrast in facial expressions is classic! :)

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To get the series of proof of laybacking, go here:
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/106980556
:)

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5 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic. It would be great to have exact area/route info as well.