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no reason to photoshop the grafitos - it's there, let's not lie.

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great contrast and composition. I like the shadow, it provides nice balance. One of the better shots of this classic.

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climbingbums is right - a bit tough for V1 (for the area). The water isn't deep, in fact sometimes it's not there. But this is a classic climb - getting a bit over-posted on the web lately but who cares. I even saw a video of it somewhere.

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if all of that white is from chalk then this pic is a pretty sad indictment of our community. I thought it was winter. Looks like a cool line but what a price!

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5 out of 5 stars this photo is awesome - way too cool for Climbing or Rock and Ice. I love the colors and the light and the motion. It just captures the essence of the adventure. Perfect.

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that problem is fun. you should have worn brighter clothing to draw attention to the climbing. the colors need more contrast.

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too bad the guy is in the upper right corner or this would be a ten.

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I'm not sure I can get it bigger. I think we took it on the lowest resolution setting (72 dpi) - but I'll check and repost. thanks.

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did he fall? seems like he's not going to make that move unless he moves his feet up.

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beautiful synthesis of path and nature. it's probably going to go on my desktop. thanks!

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are people still climbing here? I thought it was private property?

Anyhow, the only time I went I thought the rock was really chossy but maybe it cleaned up.

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5 out of 5 stars this shot is superb! great eye. The yellow spot really adds a lot. easy 10. I'd love to have taken this shot. Okay, enough drool. But great!

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I like what you're trying to do here but I agree with benpullin, a bit too much on the background. However, I wouldn't recommend cropping. I think the solution would be to have taken the picture with more of the climb in it, in other words, pan over to the right a couple of inches. That would give the viewer a quick visual cue about what to focus on and then get lost in the sea of the background - the existing effect is the reverse.

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is that the small one boulder next to the road on the right fork?

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I met this group in Josh. They were working stem gem. After one of them got it (the red head was filming) he looked at me and said, "grade? grade?" I said v3 and they all looked at me in disbelief. Maybe it was the end of their day but for how strong they were they seemed super stymied with the problems in Josh. (Another one was working the stem gem variation that starts to the right and features a nasty mantle move and he was super mad when we heard it was v5).

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check sanctuary's profile - same boulder. Notice the date.

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not unnamed. this is in the whitepines area. can some other utard help out with the name of the problem. I think it's the party pit.

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4 out of 5 stars I agree with the sharpness

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3 out of 5 stars too dark, not enough contrast on the right and i'd like to see more of the bottom of the cliff. 6ish maybe 7.

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I guess if you're 3' tall the bolt spacing makes sense.

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5 out of 5 stars has a nice lunar feel although it looks crispy on the front page - still a 10

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5 out of 5 stars it would help if the pants had been blue or a contrasting color to the rock.

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The geometry of the shot is exquisite - it provides balance and contrast and emphasize the organic elements (climber and spotter's hands). Also, Katie just happened to be wearing perfect colors - even her watch echoes the chalk the marks. This is a 10. Perfect.

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color is better

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gunks - you're a moron, they're not mining there, not even close.

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I'd like to see more detail on the rock but this photo is still a 10 - so many good things going on here!

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1 out of 5 stars this photo has the potential to be good, but the sharpness is too high and the hair - are those highlights? This looks like a commercial not a climbing pic.

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5 out of 5 stars this should have higher scores - it's the climbing equivalent of MJ jumping from the foul line to win the dunk contest. Cool!

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5 out of 5 stars zen

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5 out of 5 stars yep - 10. very original and nice change from other front screen images

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5 out of 5 stars i have a hard time with people who rate this lower than 10.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet! he has no chin.

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sweet problem. directions?

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kind of lame to name moves on problems that you didn't put up. That's pretty basic beta you're describing - everyone in the valley knows about it.

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did he send?

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0 out of 5 stars I thought you campus mono's on your hangboard - the distance shouldn't be a problem yo!

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I wish more of your shots were on the front page more often - frankly I'm bored by the current rotation. Great pic 10.

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0 out of 5 stars the photo isn't that great - too bleached out on the left for the "climber" to make up for.

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what is amazing about this photo is the lack of chalked holds above.

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1 out of 5 stars I'm actually tired of seeing this on the front page. The lighting isn't that great to begin with and the subpar ps job only makes the picture worse. Sorry.

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4 out of 5 stars this isn't a good action shot but it is an excellent bouldering shot, meaning that it shows a more overall "experience." I like the crowd, the spotter, pads. It shows there's a bouldering session going on. Could be cleaner but still really good.

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4 out of 5 stars front page material

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5 out of 5 stars props bvb - your photo skills are producing some sweet shots. Definition of 10.

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4 out of 5 stars Great pic. I agree with Kachoong and the bush on the left is a little distracting but still a 9!

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odd looking shoes. what are those?

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4 out of 5 stars I'd like to see this hit the front page. Good shot. 9

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5 out of 5 stars breathtaking. 10!

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4 out of 5 stars great pick. however, I find it funny that you justify your dog being there based on his feelings rather than your actions. for example, did you pack out his crap? if so, take you dog to the crag anytime, if not, please don't. Just because a dog is happy doesn't mean the owner is responsible.

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good work, too bad at position 1 his hand is on the squigglies of position 2.

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4 out of 5 stars evocative and simple

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5 out of 5 stars sweet, just so sweet.

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yes, you are the only one.
Also, the darkness makes it cooler.

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4 out of 5 stars What type of rock is that? The grey looks like limestone but the yellow looks kinda "pollen grainy."

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5 out of 5 stars poetic

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2 out of 5 stars not much that's compelling about this photo. The colors are off, the framing isn't unique, and the action isn't eye-catching. Sorry.

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1 out of 5 stars looks a still from a mini-DV shot - not good detail.

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1 out of 5 stars yeah, too ps-y

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1 out of 5 stars Okay, this one is better than the others because of the action but I still really dislike the image quality of this bunch of pics - sorry.

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1 out of 5 stars por favor - why is this on the front page? I'm sick of the canon tajo pic's. Is there some fraternal order voting for these things?

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5 out of 5 stars I wish I could see a bit more rock above the right hand, but it's still a 10. Great shot.

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5 out of 5 stars crazy exposure for an 11d!!

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2 out of 5 stars how is this rated so highly? the poor ps job alone knocks it down to a 5 max.

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4 out of 5 stars I generally like this effect, but manacubus is right - you've distorted it too much.

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sweet shot - should have a higher rating!

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5 out of 5 stars other than the reflected forhead, I can't understand why people wouldn't rate this photo a lot higher. Average of 5 - no way. Especially with some of the crap that's been on the front page lately.

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5 out of 5 stars why is this is the "sport" category?

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4 out of 5 stars good photo but (and this is rare) only because of the graffiti. That guy is annoying - he breaths heavy, jumps on problems that you're working on, and steals your pads. Met him once and hope to never experience the annoyance again. Nice photo.

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I know it's not, but it looks like the green monster in rock canyon, UT.

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2 out of 5 stars butt shot :(, can't see the hands :(, can't see the face :(, not a compelling composition :(. However, nice light on the rock and good sky :).

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This is a pick that's just excellent. Great color contrasts. Cool action. Well framed. Good depth. 10 by definition.

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4 out of 5 stars good ad for moc's

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5 out of 5 stars great color and composition - 10!

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I think the left side gets a bit too busy and the picture becomes less about climbing and more about layout. However, props for being innovative. I'd like to see more people try this here.

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again with the heavy breather who wears socks - nice pic!

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I like the blurred leaves in the foreground. The composition is fantastic. I agree with 2 things: 1)the URL is distracting - put it somewhere else 2) the shirt could have been a different color to add a bit of contrast. But this pic is awesome - still a 10.

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5 out of 5 stars incredible shot. nice clouds, sky, rock, color. It would be a bit nicer if the climbers were wearing brighter colors but that's being really nitpicky. 10

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5 out of 5 stars the shadow is a bit dark but the scene and the problem are so striking! 10 - looks like Big Bend, Moab but with an ocean attached - sweet.

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5 out of 5 stars like it - good texture and soft light, although I'd crop out a bit of the bottom.

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4 out of 5 stars For some reason I find myself squinting - is it compressed? The climber seems out of focus a bit. Anyhow, it would be better sans spotter, but it's still a magical shot. Great job.

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4 out of 5 stars good choice of shirt. wish the blue pad weren't there (just too many pads). the angle of the rock is sweet. wish fall were a season in AZ. *sigh*

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I'm a bit unconvinced that you did this by hand. Are you saying that the light gray ring of pixels - usually generated by PS when using a filter - is the result of scanning? Either way, it's a refreshing image to see on the fp.

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Good job then! Sorry to be so skeptical - like I said, the pixelated distortion threw me.

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5 out of 5 stars great shot. agreed, the foot blur only adds.

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"bread" + "sandwiched" = :)

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*Sigh* Unfortunately, gull is right, the pic is only average - not that tr photos can't be good, just this one isn't. Moreover, the fluffly description only highlights the "average-ness" of the photo. So I'd give it a 4.

That said, however classic the e-argument is, it's a bit too much and hints at areas for growth for all three parties.

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annoying/irrelevant question: what kind of shoes are those? just curious

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5 out of 5 stars good photo. leaves are placed. this should perhaps help you in future, more artistic photos to find a way to add elements, such as the leaves, without making things too artificial. For example, don't have the leaves in such a nice pattern, stack them, add more, add a twig or a blunt or a half eaten finger once planted at Wendy's. Let your mind wander - I did.
PS - Devil, I climb while I type - yes, I'm that good.

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that is sweet - that thing feels completely impossible.

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5 out of 5 stars unique angle of an oft overlooked aspect of climbing.

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3 out of 5 stars too dark, the feet become a blur so it's hard to appreciate the difficulty of the move. However the trees are nice.

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5 out of 5 stars 10 - nuf sed (luv ebonikz)

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5 out of 5 stars here here!!

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I'd like to see a bit more focus on the climber, but still a worthy shot.

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5 out of 5 stars pretty!

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4 out of 5 stars BTW - sqaumpton? did you even try to spell this right or is a gestalt thing where we have to fill in the blanks?

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4 out of 5 stars makes me nostalgic for a pair of shoes than can hook - zlippers just don't cut it.

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1 out of 5 stars there isn't much that's aesthetic about this photo other than the composition drawing the eye to the climber, after that the shadows are too dark, the climber is hidden by the beanie, and the movement is obscured by the rock. :(

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4 out of 5 stars solid photo. could have better focus and better depth of field to capture the background.

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4 out of 5 stars sick! and I agree with overlord.

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3 out of 5 stars I like the color, focus, and angle of the rock, I wish you could see the climber's hands a bit more so that the picture was less about a "pretty girl" and more about a good climber (I'm not saying she's not, this photo doesn't offer evidence either way). I think most of the positive comments here refer to the former and not the latter.

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looks like lcc - sweet sweep of rock!

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on second look, what's going on with the blur around the top of the pic? looks a bit too PS'ed.

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dude as good as your pics are, comments like the one above will also only get you more bombs. that said, solid pic.

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5 out of 5 stars solid. good color, good composition.

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5 out of 5 stars doesn't look contrived/improbable to me. 10

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4 out of 5 stars I like this photo, I'd like to see a version with natural colors - as is it looks a bit too artificial.

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5 out of 5 stars beevb (that's just how I pronounce his username in my head) scores points for being an original personality. oh yeah, 10 for the pic too - good color and great geometric slice of rock.

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5 out of 5 stars solid. people who are rating this low - what are you rating high? seriously.

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5 out of 5 stars adjective of the week: solid. Although I should through in some Dr. Suess wigwomatatom since the j-trees always remind me of the lorax.

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5 out of 5 stars 10 - did you get the mantle? I'd love to see the sequence photos.

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solid - 10!

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4 out of 5 stars i really like the pic, but in response to "what could be better?" I'd say that the climber and rock is a bit too dark. Still, top notch.

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2 out of 5 stars not as good as some of your other shots. the colors make the climber disappear.

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4 out of 5 stars this pic has great action and texture. nice job!

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5 out of 5 stars I love the minimalism of this shot - simple lines. more color would be nice, but not too much more.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet - best SL shot i've seen so far.

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4 out of 5 stars The snow makes this pic for me. I generally don't like pics when you can see so few points of contact. Plus I'd like it if the focal hold were in better focus and framed a bit better. In other words, right now the face is the focus but I think the left hand should be.

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4 out of 5 stars I also feel sorry for his ankles - so cold :(

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5 out of 5 stars should be bigger but still awesome!!

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5 out of 5 stars could be just a bit lighter but this is a great shot.

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5 out of 5 stars nice add for red chili - I still really like this pic, i'm just undecided if the lime makes it better or not.

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4 out of 5 stars for me, this is an almost 10. The idea is really cool but it's a bit too dark. I'm not saying I want more mid-tones, but I think more highlights would make it more clear what is going on.

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5 out of 5 stars eery. are the sierras visible here with a blurr caused by depth of field or is it all clouds? at any rate I love it. 10

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no no - nothing wrong with that, not that we are, you know . . .

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sweet pic. I also enjoyed the "what's that readed" comment above - also a 10 (although on a different scale).

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5 out of 5 stars dude, did you time your pic to have the plane in it? stroke of genius. Also, the guy looks a bit flaily, but I guess a dumpster is a good crash pad (too bad he's facing the wrong way).

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5 out of 5 stars just perfect.

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2 out of 5 stars a bit too dark for me. luckily he's wearing a white shirt and the sun adds a nice setting.

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2 out of 5 stars too dark - half person on top is distracting. only average.

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4 out of 5 stars PS - I don't see this as some old school resurgence. Why should the spotter spot? Perfect landing, climber about 6 ft off the deck and 12" of padding.

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4 out of 5 stars I like this photo, mostly because it's a nice piece of rock. That said, SHOULD you be bouldering there? I'm just curious if there are access issues?

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4 out of 5 stars I'd like to see a bit more above his right hand - it seems too cropped at the top. However, solid shot. although I agree with mangiari - the climber does look too crisp if this is a photo of the actual move and not a pose. at any rate - very good.

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3 out of 5 stars pretty cool shot - it's cooler just because, for anyone who has actually felt those holds, that problem feels impossible. I wouldn't mind seeing it with a level horizon - it would make it look even nastier.

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4 out of 5 stars looks like a scraggily joel brady (what's he up to these days sans climbxmedia?) at any rate good pick albeit with a hair dab. :)

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2 out of 5 stars this should not be so highly rated. the position of the climber, the angle of the pic, etc. there's nothing really enigmatic or extraordinary about it, which is sad given the magnificent scenery.

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4 out of 5 stars the above post reads like a poem. concerning the pic - not up to the usual merock quality but still good.

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1 out of 5 stars too dark :(

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5 out of 5 stars must be hard to climb while pushing that rock up the cliff with your head.

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5 out of 5 stars did your gear pull?

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very cool! I'm surprised this feature doesn't have a name.

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1 out of 5 stars this is too posed for my sake although it's interesting that the pic has evoked such divergent responses.

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2 out of 5 stars not the best pic but a sweet looking cave.

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3 out of 5 stars Look! The trees are spotting him. This should be in the bouldering section.

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5 out of 5 stars perfect shot. lots of layers here. 10

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nice route and good shot. I'd like to see a bit of depth of field used here to isolate the climber - right now the pic feels a bit flat.

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5 out of 5 stars cool shot. people above are right, if you look at it long enough the climber has some weird features (e.g. big right cheek bone) but that's true of most of us. Solid photo.

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4 out of 5 stars Another sweet pic. I'd like the web-ad more on the tree but that doesn't detract from the pic at all.

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2 out of 5 stars Sorry, but the dude needs better footwork. Plus the background is too dark. Average shot.

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5 out of 5 stars I don't mind the URL. I've seen this problem in frequent fliers and the colors are much more muted - is there some over-saturation?

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5 out of 5 stars 10 - however the send must have an * because of the over-anxious spotter.

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3 out of 5 stars this is only good in a where's waldo sort of way.

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5 out of 5 stars This is such a fun gimmick problem. I really like how the shot shows the necessary body position. However, it is a bit blurry and dark. I gave it a 10 anyway.

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4 out of 5 stars maybe if the high exposures was slightly blurred so that it matched the background. At any rate, if all we can quibble over is the web address then you're doing something right.

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4 out of 5 stars I agree with grk - you capture the texture of the brick and it gives it a very natural feel.

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5 out of 5 stars Wow! This is such a nice change of pace - I really enjoy how creative this shot is. I wish the climber were a bit bigger but that's being really nit-picky. Too bad I can't rate it a 12.

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5 out of 5 stars This is a sweet pic - very unique setting. Note: the dude in the green shirt - does he have comic book muscles bulging through that thing?

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1 out of 5 stars ugh yeah. thanks for the semi-intelligible caption - are you sure that you didn't fall and just can't remember it?

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3 out of 5 stars this is too dark for me. I like the originality and the effect you're going for but this one doesn't quite pull it off.

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2 out of 5 stars too dark for my taste, the foreground and background begin to meld ruining the depth. I think this problem is exacerbated by the spotter's (is that a spotter?) shadow coming in from the lower right.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet pick, but I'm curious, how were you different than the tourons that weekend?

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the description is a bit confusing - he's onsighting two climbs at the same time? However, idyllic picture - kudos!

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also, I assume "chaining" is his last name and not a verb?

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5 out of 5 stars sorry - i forgot i was on rc.com and not touron.com, for some reason I just assumed that you had also hiked. Good show. I guess it's too bad that weekend warriors and climbers share the same holidays - they end up crowding stuff up.

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5 out of 5 stars ALLEZ! ALLEZ! . . . that or high step with the right foot.

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5 out of 5 stars I like this foto - nothing posed just pure action (as opposed to other photos that claim to be "action-packed!"). I wouldn't mind if you had taken a wider shot just so that we could see more. at any rate 10.

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5 out of 5 stars unique - good eye!

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5 out of 5 stars what chalk pot?

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5 out of 5 stars chop decker's bolt and hanger!

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5 out of 5 stars potential spinal death pyramid as a pad - ouch!

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5 out of 5 stars sweet shot! I don't think you have to worry ike - hard grades and the halo of manufactured holds keep the peasants away.

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5 out of 5 stars great photo - almost desktop worthy (it'd be nice if the climber were just a bit more crisp) 10!

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5 out of 5 stars sweet!

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5 out of 5 stars wow. just wow.

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4 out of 5 stars Merock - solid shot - I give it a 9 mostly because I would have expected a more original angle or composition from you considering your strong portfolio. I haven't looked through your recent pics to see if you photoed it in angles.

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3 out of 5 stars i like this photo but the angle is really weird making it hard to tell how steep things are. plus, where's the belayer?

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5 out of 5 stars sweet - 10.

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that really pisses me off and I don't even like to climb trad. lame. just lame.

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2 out of 5 stars while I like the sunset and silouhuette effect the climber looks either a) posed or b) orgasmic (oh, yes, that's the jug, that's it, yes, YES!).

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5 out of 5 stars amazing.

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2 out of 5 stars I'm sure how you can decide how short the route is - the climber could be 1/10 of the way up for all we know. I dislike the fact that the next hold is mostly out of the picture, it leads the eye to also focus off the picture. Otherwise good pic.

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5 out of 5 stars how come we hear so little about garth?

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5 out of 5 stars I agree with the above comment. This is a "wow!" shot but it still could have been better (like a 12 instead of a 10).

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5 out of 5 stars I marvel at your marvelous description. Oh, the photo is a 10.

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1 out of 5 stars wow, I'm about a month late with my funny tick mark comment. average shot - maybe.

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2 out of 5 stars (in general) belayer should wear shirt and (in case of a lead fall) prepare for one of those ugly face shields NBA players wear when they break their noses.

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5 out of 5 stars too bad the right foot appears to be in full dab mode.

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5 out of 5 stars it would be better if you could see the climber's legs and if the shot were a bit wider - right now the cropping makes the foreground look tilted. Still a great shot!

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2 out of 5 stars when I saw this on the fp I thought, "this is the ironman traverse of trad pics."

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go golom legs go!

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4 out of 5 stars yeah, I'm not sure endurance training would help him at a bouldering comp - youth worlds makes more sense.

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5 out of 5 stars I like this shot. Could you tell us a bit more about how you pulled it off? How did you get the dark blotches in the lower corners? Also, is that a carabiner on the left edge in the middle?

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5 out of 5 stars ike - she's freakin 12.

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5 out of 5 stars I'm not sure it gets much better than this. I give you a very jealous 10.

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5 out of 5 stars That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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the only thing that could improve this pic is contrasting clothes (or at least slightly more contrast so the eye knows what to focus on), but that's minor.

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(c) dab! (<-Ofriction comment dab) - oh no, I'm schizo!!

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what are the risks of climbing prego?

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wow - looks sick.

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1 out of 5 stars I'll buck the bandwagon. I really don't like this photo. First, it takes a great angle/lighting/color to make a lowball photoliscious - this just doesn't cut it. Second, I can really only see the right foot (the other attachments to the rock are partially covered) so the photo becomes a commentary on footwork. That in and of itself isn't that bad if the climber is 20 feet off the deck and hence the placment of the foot adds drama, but here, because I can't see if those are jugs and the fall is a mere 4" I'm really uninterested. I'm not saying this is the worst photo ever or even a bad photo, it's just average and doesn't tell a compelling story.

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1 out of 5 stars wyt91t - is your knee-jerk response a result of regionalism or was I just unclear? I'm interested in the aesthetics of the photo, not the subject. Yes, the climber has two feet (and two hands) but the angle obscures the points of contact of everything except for one foot (note that you can't really see the toe of the left foot). In the end I don't care if it's v9 or -v9 - when you can't see the points of contact it's difficult to tell and it ruins the drama of the send. For me, it's just an average shot - and there's nothing disrespectful about that.

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Tahoe is great but Rambo scares me. Still, solid picture - good intensity. We should put it in a vid to recruit for the bouldering jihad.

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1 out of 5 stars I'd rather not see Maxim infiltrating climbing culture. Plus, technically, it's a really bad photo.

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1 out of 5 stars Australia has such beautifully chalked crags - really immaculate white shading. Well done mates.

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5 out of 5 stars we need more pics like this gracing the front page. perfectly done!

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y wear the sh?ooz

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1 out of 5 stars mojo - mine is as caked in sarcasm as the rock is caked in . . .

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5 out of 5 stars you do a great job framing your pics. sweet!

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important questions not asked:

1) who is the spotter?
2) did the fire pit get cleaned up (LNT)?
3) do you have to climb v15 (ie. DG) to not completely lose it topping that thing out at night?

of the three, I'm really only interested in #2.

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5 out of 5 stars I have this rule in the back of my head that I have to remind myself of - seeing a problem (whether in a video or picture) always makes it look 2-3 grades easier. That said, where are the hard moves on this? I'm not asking out of disbelief, I'm asking because I've never seen a pic of this problem that doesn't make it look like a jug haul.

BTW - great pic.

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has anyone ever actually purchased Blurr gear? all style, no substance.

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5 out of 5 stars I love the depth and colors in this photo - well done.

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looks like he didn't get it, given the fact he's not looking at the hold. am I right?

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5 out of 5 stars well done. I like the shape of the blurred rock in the background - it creates a great composition.

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bouldering in torn jeans is so 1996.

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such a fun problem!!


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braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadley - it looooooooooooks haaaaaaaaaaard because it's ooooooooooooff axis. The problem is less than vertical.

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her left arm is so sunburned!

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The overly dark shadows really detract from the composition of the photo, that, and it's unclear what the photographer is asking us to focus on (ostensibly the right hand but the depth of field seems a bit off there). Good photo - but could be much better.

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5 out of 5 stars well done - although I'm ambivalent about the intense/constipation face. In other words, I like the intensity and the "in the moment" nature of the photo, but at the same time it's an ugly face to make. I think part of the ambivalence stems from the fact that most photos you see are really rehearsed and posed so it's odd to see something this real. Good job.

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it's weird how the tree makes it look like he's kicking his left leg back.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet - perfect.

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1 out of 5 stars yeah sure, the lighting.

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5 out of 5 stars I'd like to see more pics of this, maybe a series.

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location?

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sweet - I wonder if this would be less aesthetic if we could actually see the boulder?

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cole, if you're self aware enough to admit that it's a "terrible pic" then why did you give 5 stars?

I'm with clausti, I'm sick of mediocre pictures of women ending up on the front page with 20+ comments full of innuendo or just plain sexist drivel. It's almost the definition of a digital cluster f***.

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is the donkey wall east or west of the aloha arete?

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sweet line

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which problem is this?

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is this west or east of the main area?

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5 out of 5 stars when I see this I think two things in this order:
1) I wish I was climbing that now
2) I wish I had taken that picture

Yep - I covet.

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5 out of 5 stars excellent! unique look, that captures both the setting and the climbing. well done!

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5 out of 5 stars this easily belongs on a "10 greatest routes of all time" list.

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you despise? why?

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5 out of 5 stars good madrock ad

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1 out of 5 stars can't you see, the rock is going to eat him and he's wetting himself in fear!

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not just elims, chossy elims!

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I'm lichen it! (okay - bad pun!)

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5 out of 5 stars original

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1 out of 5 stars wow, as in, I don't understand the positive response to this. The fisheye isn't well done, the position isn't that interesting, there's nothing above average about this. It just looks like a lowball handjam.

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4 out of 5 stars this is a little detail - I don't like the horizon in the lower left corner, it gives me the sense that the photo isn't level. I'd recommend cropping the left margin a bit. That said, this photo does have a real nice, quiet mood to it.

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what makes this a good pic???

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5 out of 5 stars rare that we see intense photos

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1 out of 5 stars i'm surprised this pic is getting such high scores - the framing, the color, the position of the climber, even the depth is all just average.

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3 out of 5 stars cool looking line - nice send!

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2 out of 5 stars cool looking rock. average photo.

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this is a great pic, an amazing pic. but there's something about the color and texture that make it look/feel really unnatural. I'd like to read more details about how the shot was taken and what type of PSing (if any was done).

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4 out of 5 stars This is almost amazing. As is the color is a bit bland, maybe you could have had the climbers wear brighter clothes to provide some contrast.

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1 out of 5 stars it might be a good climb, but this is a mediocre shot at best.

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5 out of 5 stars I like this pick (even with the zombies!). I like the mix of colors - the lichen really sells it.
I'd like the pick even more if you linked it to the area. I didn't realize there were boulders at the Owens River Gorge. How extensive is the bouldering there - is it one problem here and there or are there actual areas with concentrations of 15+ problems?

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2 out of 5 stars DID SOMEONE PEE ON DEVIL'S TOWER?

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looks like an episode of "when rocks strike back!" - I swear the boulder is eating him Jaba the Hut style.

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1 out of 5 stars how does this sort of crap end up on the front page?

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explanation?

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sportguy, that's an odd comment. you really can't see much of the line, in fact it looks likes a lowball over a crappy talus landing. Now this is a good line: [image]http://www.momentumvm.com/cms/images/stories/kingair.jpg [/image]

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5 out of 5 stars the only thing that could improve this shot is if the climber were wearing pants with a brighter color (his legs kind of dissappear). Still, sweet!

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4 out of 5 stars I like it. I think the top can be cropped more to make the movement more dramatic. Also, a brighter shirt would have improved the shot.

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5 out of 5 stars nice minimalist photo. would make a good catalog shot for beal.

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5 out of 5 stars amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars what does Jason Campbell do now? for about a year, Sharma, Caldwell, and Campbell were the only Americans to climb 5.14c (I think) then he kind of disappeared.

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2 out of 5 stars I'm surprised by the ratings on this - I think it's another case of testosterine inflation (i.e. put a girl in a pic and guys rate it higher than it should be). Really, this pic has very poor contrast and there isn't anything about it that makes it better than average.

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2 out of 5 stars agree wtih j_ung. poor cropping makes this just average.

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1 out of 5 stars poorly cropped and a bit gratuitous. I'm really kinda sick of everyone rating pic's high because the climber has boobs, there's enough of that on the web elsewhere.

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Looks like a gem of a problem!

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what is it?

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4 out of 5 stars I like this photo. I wish the background were a little less blurred, but I think it's far better than many of the front page pics. I like the fact that it's unique.

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I like castlerock, I just always get a case of poison oak when I go there.

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Joe's Valley?

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5 out of 5 stars easily one of the best pics ever on rc.com - it's one of those pics that makes you say "I want to climb that!" and then you promptly get out a map and start planning a road trip.

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Wow! Everything works in the photo - even the glasses serve to emphasize the focus and emotion. Kudos on a great piece of work.

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cost estimate?

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5 out of 5 stars WOW! Great colors, great composition, and a unique position. Most people try to catch big throws - dynos or deadpoints - thinking that big moves are more captivating (and they tend to be). But this gets at the visceral "wrestling" that happens at the end of a lot of problems. There's just a great feel to the struggle and the beautiful landscape behind only makes the struggle more eminent.

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1 out of 5 stars worst mallorca pic ever.

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5 out of 5 stars easily the best MT bouldering shot I've seen here.

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5 out of 5 stars wow - the lichen really makes the pic. It's like she's climbing on an abstract painter's canvas. brilliant!

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how would you crop it?

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osman is dead. bvb is alive. go fig.

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the boulder to the right is "off" route. you're supposed to climb it like an arete.

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i kid. i kid. :)

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i think it's Viva le Bob, no? As in "Allez!" not "Vaya!" or "Arriba!"

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the color is too unnatural

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the rock is eating his right arm!!!

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I'd love to see a close up - capture the details of the gritted teach and the impending sh!tting of pants.

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looks like a crazy line!

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5 out of 5 stars I like this one. The other is a bit too fragmented. But I love that you're doing something unique.

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does every limestone canyon in utah have a "house boulder"?

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Wow, that guy in the back is way faster than Topher (unless Topher IS the guy in the back and not the super hero taking the whipper).

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I'm not sure how you're toping out. Looks like you're halfway up!

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4 out of 5 stars the leaves and the contrast with your shirt and beanie really make this pic. well done!

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4 out of 5 stars Wow. Stunning route. Ugly chalk. Great pic. You can see that I'm struggling with ambivalence here. I'd love to get on that rig!

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2 out of 5 stars There are a lot of things to like about this. However, I think the tree in the foreground is a bit of a distraction and the shadows make the climber too difficult to see.

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oops, the name already captures that!

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Pretty, brain-like piece of stone.

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looks cool. I'm assuming it's been bagged by now, yes?

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5 out of 5 stars nice shot. I love how the shadow crops and frames the image while echoing the body line. well done.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet! what trail is this off of?

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looks like mordor :)

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars well done. I'd like to see a bigger version.

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It gives me butterflies just looking at this.

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5 out of 5 stars I don't know about the politics of the place, but it's a great photo.

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That bush is spotting you! :)

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5 out of 5 stars sweet!

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PS - did the climber top out or downclimb?

I'd actually interested to hear more about the set up for this, not because I want to do anything like this (there's enough good rock nearby), but simply because it looks like you used a bit of lighting to pull this off. So how did this not attract attention?

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Is that deep water tresseling?

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Well I look like a complete moron for falling for this. :)

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4 out of 5 stars This is a striking image. One of the rare beautiful and non-exploitative female images posted here. I wish the bottom weren't cropped off. Still, fun concept.

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4 out of 5 stars This is my favorite of the series in terms of composition. It's missing a bit though because the lighting in flat and because she's obviously not focused on the rock/moves. So it feels too composed. Again, great concept. Keep playing.

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Sorry, but the belayer looks like he's about to take a wiz on the climber (and no I'm not referencing Oz). Perhaps this is why you rarely see people being belayed from the top in the mags (that, and it means someone is topropping).

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Looks sweet.

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Is that a different version of body karate - the problem from the Roadtrip vid?

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Looks like the antithesis of a proud line. In fact, it reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvIlVC87-uY&feature=related

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you and jason kehl should have a love child (or maybe you are kehl's love child (or maybe you gollum and kehl ...))

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Yeah, looks like Kelly but without the sandy topouts, ankle-breaking creek bottoms, and millions of spiders. Yep, looks like Kelly.

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what kind of lanterns are those?

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5 out of 5 stars sweet!

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I want to see the vid! This is the first pic of Ved that makes me want to go there.

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2 out of 5 stars john wesley is right, you are wrong. sorry :(

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The problem is rarely that the rand across the achilles is too loose, it's that the heel box is. I don't see how this innovation helps anything.

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5 out of 5 stars excellent shot. the forks are very photo-friendly.

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5 out of 5 stars I disagree, I like it as is. At first I thought it was soulslinger in Bishop and somehow you had cropped out the other boulder. Well done.

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I'd argue that if the hand were in focus and the face blurred the impact of the image would be stronger. Right now, the composition of the image makes you want to look at the hand. This leads to a sense of visual frustration because it's blurry, so the face is almost an after-thought. I agree that it's in the top 10% of rc.com pics, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be improved.

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I'm kinda sick of this on the FP. Yes, nice photo. No, not really climbing related.

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Michael Jackson isn't dead! I was right! He's working construction in Indonesia with Elvis right!?

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what area of bishop is this? Looks sweet.

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It's a 5 star climb, not a 5 star image. As others note, the climber is difficult to see. Still, I'd much rather see this on the front page than a grove of pine trees.

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everyone decided to wear blue?

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why is your hand blue?

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome, finally a worthy FP photo, no more emo girl staring up at trees.

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5 out of 5 stars Finally! A good, non trad, non portrait, non slackline photo on the front page. Well done!

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5 out of 5 stars I'd love to see this on the front page.

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Did you take out one or both of the kids to your right?

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5 out of 5 stars I always wished I had put some reps into this rig whilst in AZ. Nice shot!!!

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5 out of 5 stars I've always like this shot, for some reason it captures some of the essence of camping at the pit.

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5 out of 5 stars this looks cool - where is it?

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5 out of 5 stars I like the pad. The tourons, not so much. Still, a great shot.

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Looks tufa-y!

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5 out of 5 stars cool. You could use this to get some really cool photos from more original angles.

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ah big bend - so beautiful!

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome. Wish I had gotten on that when I lived in AZ (not that it is in AZ, right?).

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3 out of 5 stars Seems to me like the owner (or an employee) of the gym is just using rc to get extra attention. Not every pic of a female deserves 5 stars. This pic is good, but not that good.

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3 out of 5 stars The dog isn't 5 five feet, sheesh! The climber is just 5 years old. I agree with cragmasterp, awesome composition and shot but blurry.

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5 out of 5 stars Looks fun!