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Comments by gunkiemike (104)


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For the record, DC is approx. where the photographer is hanging to take this shot. You're on one of the Gill traverse problems, definitely not 5.9.

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Are you sure? Looks more like the first pitch of Asphodel.

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Nice shot. The companion picture (from the right side) gives a good idea how steep this route really is.

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This isn't Birthday Boy (that climb is just left of Keyhole); it's the boulder called "colorful" by the iron bridge.

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Why Simulrap? It doesn't appear to be getting dark. Why incur the extra risk? (Sorry, just finished reading about the rap anchor failure that killed the simulrappers at Pinnacles)

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I thought everyone knew to wear a helmet at Seneca. More flying rock there than anywhere I've climbed. Oh well, different strokes...

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Very nice picture...hard stone, soft-edged lighting.

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Why do you need the Traxion *and* the Croll? Just tie off one end and pull the other. But overall a nice clean, elegant (and way expensive!) rig.

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A little too much digital contrast enhancement I'd say.

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I'm tired of all these shots where you can't see the rope & gear.

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How Do I get to be a rock star? :-b

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Obviously the ground didn't care if you fell off a V3 or a V13. I just hope no one here thinks that couldn't happen to them because they boulder harder problems.

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Why can't is just be you? Why do you need to tell the world you solo'ed it? I am among those who believe that publicizing soloing may tempt people to try it who shouldn't be doing it.

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Soloing for the camera. How noble. How many ice newbs will be inspired to solo as a result of this being on the front page I wonder.

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That boy needs to learn how to fist jam (with the right hand).

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I wouldn't recommend that anyone be placing cams blindly overhead on their SECOND EVER trad lead. But if it works for you...

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"Vintage Sportivas"?? Bwa...hahahahahaha.

Yea, and that's a vintage Camalot extractor there on his vintage Singing Rock harness!

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And what's up with the overdressed Goth in the foreground? Military liason officer? Nun on holiday? Jehova's Witness with the shoulder bag of Watchtower mags? Whatever, that's not exactly beach wear.

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These sit on my shoulder, but I wouldn't exactly want to do any jumping jacks while they're there. If I'm on ice, then they just sit wherever I last stuck them while I swap hands, shake out, whatever. FYI, these are not very good tools for pure ice but they are quite impressive on rock. Short and direct.

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If you could make a high quality print of this maybe a meter wide, I'd buy it.

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Leading on a 9 and a 10.5? Nice job sewing it up in any case.

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I think your lens is dirty. There's glare in the cc route pic as well.

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What's ballsy about a bolt 6 inches away?

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A bit, no a lot, too heavy on the contrast enhancement IMO.

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Spotters? I don't see no stinkin' spotters.

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This shot seems to be taking the trendy "gee look, no rope" composition to the next level (no gear). Next we will have climbers wearing their harness inside their pants so we're not distracted by the last bit o' gear. Call me old fashioned, but I like to see the run of the rope, the frequency and type of pro etc.

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Nice try blurring out the rope so it LOOKS like he's soling.

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Camera tilt !!

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That's not a cordless drill he's using...so I guess in addition to the extension ladder, he carried a generator into the crag too. That's determination.

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Why is the rope TIED TO the gear??

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I like the (over) exposure. All that light reaffirms the bright desert setting. It sorta says "make sure you put your sunscreen on".

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Looks like you ran it out getting there too.

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I'm sure the rope runs in a normal manner. You were there so you know that. But for the rest of us - well for me and a couple others who have already said this - it sure LOOKS LIKE you've got a knot in the live end of the rope. Now, about that locker through the harness (instead of where the harness manufacturer says to put it...)

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You look like a mean dude so I don't want to upset you. But... since when is a boulder problem "a route"?

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Nice DOF. Oh wait, everything is in focus.

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Sorry, but for us non-locals, where is Duke's Nose? (I find the locale descriptions of many, if not most, pics inadequate)

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The tenuous right hand and his looking this way suggest that he's climbing TOWARD the camera. Which I imagine he's not. Oh, and LONG LIVE SOCKS! (bid farewell to stinky shoes forever)

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TILT!

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What are the anchors for this? And do you run double webbing? Looking at the angle the line makes under the guy's feet, I would imagine that one good load e.g. a fall onto the line, and it could snap (if it were a single webbing). There's no belay line on the guy is there?

These obvious SL-newb questions aside, that's a wonderful, visceral, shot.

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Hey, that climber's cheating. He's got his left foot on the road!

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Yup, I'm def. seeing The Thing staring back at me!

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Who died and appointed this Decker guy king??

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Props for hanging the draws on lead too!

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TILT!

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How'd you take the wide shot and this one of the same move? I mean, ya can't be in two places at one time, and I don't see another photog dangling on a rope in the wide shot. (nice to see a helmet for once)

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Can you top rope that? :)

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Yea, that's some oxymoron.

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Where's his ROPE?

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Was this formerly an aid line?

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Is that a whisk broom hanging on your harness!!??

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I did that climb. Nice crack, but that little bit at the top hits you just when you're relaxed, thinking you've done all the hard work.

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Cool. Is this the hardest trad line in NY state?? (I'm assuming that since it's Adirondacks, it's a trad route)

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No big deal unless they're avvy-loaded.

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BADLY need a fill-in flash.

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This isn't original but, "You can't cross a chasm with a series of small steps."

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I'd say this belongs in the "Worst pictures " thread. (I dunno, maybe it's already there. I checked out of that thread when it reached 2.5 million posts)

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Doesn't the vomit on the rug damage the gear? I woulda mopped it up first, not just smeared it around like that.

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Looks like Moores Left?

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Someone tell me why this shot is worth putting up here (or anywhere else).

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Traverse? Looks pretty much to me like full speed upwards.

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It's not in the Routes DB. Cedar River is near Indian Lake NY.

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Is he standing there? In which case this is a pretty lame pic. If he's in the process of falling, then it's unfortunate (that he looks like he's just standing there). I imagine there's a very good photo of this problem just waiting to be taken.

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Leaves in the frame - if that's what they are - are very distracting.

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So which is it, 5.10c or V13??

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Ah yes, the sketchy washer-on-chain setup. Just don't pull OUT on them.

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Fall there = butt flossing!

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Bolt's kinda high, no? Hanging the draws on lead must bump the difficulty up a notch.

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Hmmm...nice skin. Do you use moisturizer?

:p

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Where's Waldo?

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Nice ad.

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I don't think I've ever seen a shot of a sport route that was chalk-free like this. Maybe there is hope for the sport after all. (Or is she off route? hee hee)

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Proof that even folks with horrible disfiguring abnormalities (like one leg, growing out of your chest) can enjoy this sport.

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Nice covert kneepad. Or is his left knee just badly dislocated? Looks like he's being belayed by the yellow M&M guy.

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Looks a little like a tiny image of a climber PS'ed onto a close-up of some fat blue ice. The thing that makes it so impressive is that it's real.

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If I were ever climbing and looked down to see my belayer taking a photo of himself instead of paying attention to me...

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Love the depth of field...

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I am so tired of seeing climbers posing in jeans...

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In the thumbnail size this looked like a climber Photoshopped onto a head of lettuce.

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Some interesting perspective going on. The chair and window appear normal, but then they make you look about 4 ft tall.

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If that were at any number of venues in the US, there'd be chalk stains all over it. The cleanliness of the stone is IMO the most compelling aspect of the shot.

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Careful you don't fall onto those stacked cheater stones.

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Moved to Hottest Climber Chic thread. :-)

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5 out of 5 stars Best. Bonnies. Shot. Ever.

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Time to buy a new one. IME rust is always worse than it appears.

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Subtitle - " What do you mean you're not sure how to light the sto..."

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BBBBBUUUUUTTTTTT shot

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I'm guessing the grade 4 line comes up the gold pillar on the left. Cuz drytooling the overhanging rock to the free-hanging daggers sho' don't look like no fo'.

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No Screamers?

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Stylin!!

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Yea, ya gotta love wild hair shots.

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Clean your camera lens.

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Bouldering??????

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Looks like an album cover.

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How is toproping scary?

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You got a larger version than this postage stamp?

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Insulated with generic poly-fill from the sewing store.

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Are those leg loop buckles doubled back?

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If the camera were level, the reflection of the cloud off the lake would be directly below the cloud. Looks like it may be off a degree or two. Nice shot though. (For serious camera tilting see Climbing mag cover #278)

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1 out of 5 stars He missed a bit while he was Photoshopping the rope out. (I really don't like those "Gee, no rope" shots" and this is just TOO blatent)

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Show this to anyone who doubts that climbing develops whole-body strength. Great shot.

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Reminds me of the Gollum pic several years ago.

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A) You're not rapping, you're being lowered.
B) "Lions on the Beach"
C) NOWHERE near the rock route "Greensleeves"

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Hey, I took this photo!

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You're doing it wrong.