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Every so often Chockstone selects a recent picture taken by our members to be awarded the illustrious distinction of appearing in the "Photo Gallery". All photos are most welcome. Email Chockstone or leave feedback on the forum to send in contributions or to nominate a picture.

*** Little Desert By Steve Toal  8/24/2017
Little Desert   
Stew Donn sussing out the next sandy sloper on Little Desert, 14, Bundaleer.

Good one bro, but climber would be easier to see if not being a chameleon on the rock. - Duang Daunk

Nice shot Steve. Highlights the difficulties really well. - MichaelOR

The 'submit image' link is broken? Is there a new email address? - Goshen

Fabulous-looking route. - Doug

Yes slopey and worth a star in my version of the written record. Re: camo colours, it's hard to get good models these days .. 'specially when they're pro photographers. - gfdonc

Nice photo! It reinforces my theory that Bundaleer was a chossy piece of Mt Keira that fell off and got transported to Victarctica in a freak geological incident. - pmonks

Climba iz tryin 2 turn a Gd 14 in2 a Gd 18 by not follow tha obvius line. 1 star unless e rockDova on2 is right foot an then went str8 up. An in tha futcha olly iz all confuzD about it in genral. . - gnaguts

I think I've either been to the wrong Mt Kiera or the wrong Bundaleer. - Olbert

An interesting shot, and good to see a variety of easier grade, fun looking, trad climbs making it to gallery (thanks Steve), as I suspect that they are inspirational to many to search them (and similar), out. Oh, and to finish my critique; I would've given more stars if I could see a belayer, and I agree with the 'camo' comment above. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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*** Telemachus By Martin Jackson  7/26/2017
Telemachus   
Karl Ostberg on the move into the crux section of Telemachus, 19, Arapiles.

Nice photo. Point of climbing technique - it looks like you could have used each double to clip one wire without a sling. I'd only really use a sling like that for a single rope. - Olbert

Three stars for featuring this route, which is an absolute ripper. The photo itself is okay but not great: the blurring of the hand and unusual position detracts a bit. - Doug

Hmm. I disagree (sorry Doug), and think the blurred hand and unusual position help make the photo! :-) Three stars for using double rope technique and carrying a mega-rack! - IdratherbeclimbingM9

IT is a weird photo - but for a climbing pic, it's really intriguing. Which hold will he grab? Why did he clip the nuts that way (see M9's thread)? Where the hell is his right leg? Would love to see a follow up photo to see what happens next. Looks like a very fun climb too. - martym

I take your point M9 about double rope technique and the huge rack. When I climbed it I tried to strip my rack down as best I could but still had quite a lot of big stuff. And martym, it IS a great route. Yes it would have been very interesting to see the next photo! - Doug

Great route. Interesting photo. For me, the crux was overcoming rope drag up high caused by a single rope and passing showers. - cruze

That way too much crap on your harness....get yourself a bandolier! Such a long sling is prob redundant with doubles....and hexes....really in this day and age! - maxdacat

Luv it. 3 starz for attempt that short climb with all tha gear, minus 1 star for silly sling use, minus anotha star for headin off route. - gnaguts

5 stars. Btw spagnuts he's not off route nor has he too much gear - they are the first moves of the epic traverse from the atridae to the top of central gully. Longest single pitch in the cosmos. You have to pull one of your ropes on many occasions while your belayer walks along underneath you all the way. Visionary route first done by Ed. It isn't in the select guide cos simey just doesn't get it. - Stugang

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**** Work The Meat By Steve Toal  7/5/2017
Work The Meat   
Martin Jackson contemplating the path to easier ground during the final runout on Work The Meat (20), Black Hill.

Now thatz how2 climb a slab. StandN up in balance, smearin tha carp outa tha diem, an usin fingatipz like brail detektas 4 tha nex smear-spot. Aint no beechD whale topoutz 4 MJ wiff that styl. - gnaguts

Great photo. brings back good memories of climbing granite slabs. Those were the days.... - robbio

Yep. Like that one. - Doug

Photo - 3 stars The push to make slabs cool again - 4 stars Brushing job on that route - 5 stars Average - 4 stars - One Day Hero

I liked the last slab photo better for photographic reasons, as I prefer the horizontal format and 1/3 ~ 2/3 aspect ratio better than a 1/2 ~ 1/2 aspect. Here is that pic for easy comparison on this viewing page, as it isn't often we get two slab photos on Gallery Page, let alone in succession... Here is the large version. The colour in the current WTM photo seems less vibrant and the background more cluttered by comparison, though having said all that I have no hesitation in agreeing with the comments above mine, so give it four and a half stars, unlike five for the last one! - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Wow, I don't like to slag people off, but I find this pic really boring. The climber looks more like an electrician staring at a bunch of wires rather than someone in the middle of a crux? I generally rate these photos in two ways - one is a photo I'd hang on my wall; the other is something that makes me think I'd love to climb there... sadly this is neither. - martym

Hero you do realise it is a Black Hill "slab". Have you ever climbed there? There is no slabbing. The slabs there are mostly very low angle face climbing with holds. More often than not the holds are big (there is a reason you can't see many knuckles or slab technique in these photos) and if it wasn't for the first 2 metres it wouldn't be a climb at all and the only reason it is brushed to the top is so you can say you did a 20m grade 20. Reality is you've done one grade 20 move and then walked 19m up a steep slope to belay. - Stugang

Have I ever climbed anything between melbourne and the gramps? What sort of choss doddling, low standards bumbly do you think I am? - One Day Hero

Odius wrote above: >What sort of choss doddling, low standards bumbly do you think I am? Tha gullibird kine? - gnaguts

Stugang wrote: > Reality is you've done one grade 20 move and then walked 19m up a steep slope to belay. Err .. I did that route just before Martin. You need to know the exit moves are fairly solid, probably 18. See that little shiny thing down the bottom of the pic? That's his last runner. You're looking at a 14m+ fall off gr 18 moves. Now breathe... - gfdonc

Look if you worked on engaging your core a little more then those 18 scary moves would drop a few grades and you'd be strolling. But go ahead listen to hero and keep practicing crap technique and keep getting shit scared on easy stuff. - Stugang

Ok photo for the genre depicted. Since when was core strength ever required for climbing slabs bro stugang? In fact I doubt core is used much in most similar graded (20 and below) face climbing, which is the next level up for physical difficulty? Overhangs and bomb-bay flares on the other hand are another matter, but this pic is none of those. - Duang Daunk

Well no wunda yiz all shit at slabz. - Stugang

I did hear an anecdote over the weekend. Robin Holmes took a fall off the top moves (just about where Martin is). As he didn't have the small cams to place in the last horizontal break, his last runner was the bolt a little further down. He pulled up about 1m off the deck! - gfdonc

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