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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.

*** Lemmington By Steve Toal  17/10/2016
Hamish from Tassie rolling the dice on Lemmington (19), Arapiles.

A generous starting point I feel. 3&1/2 stars. I know, jealousy is a curse. - bagotup

Not bad, although he looks like he's not having to apply himself that fully. Framing is good, could have gone for a larger aperture to reduce the depth if field and make the details on the ground disappear. - Melon2

I don't mind the ground detail, but reckon the photo would be worth another star if rotated 90 degrees to the right... ie vertical format. I like the expression of concentration and captured hand movement in the photo. gfdonc, you've titled the pic "rolling the dice". What's the story behind that(?), as there appears to be a runner not far below his feet (half a krab on far right of frame), so the issues I see are possible rope-drag and possible rope running over edges? ... and if that's the only piece of pro, then another issue would be only having one bit of pro between climber and the deck. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

It's a committing move, hence 'rolling the dice' and hoping that next hold is good. As the viewer can see, it is, but H didn't necessarily know that when he launched. Also he'd only placed a single 3RP since leaving the crack. That's the gear over to the viewer's right. Yep, just one small wire between him and a long fall. - gfdonc

I like it! It makes me excited to climb. - Miguel75

Itz alright but climber needs a tan, or better yet a bright coloured Tshirt to stand out from the rock. Regardin rollin dice; 'e's wearing a helmet, so all iz well. - gnaguts

*** Solo: Manufactured by Schweppes By Marty  18/08/2016
Solo: Manufactured by Schweppes   
Coco (aged 2) roped on "Solo: Manufactured by Schweppes" (4) at Berowra, NSW.

Nice picture. Wish I could climb twice my age. (Or even half of it) - Jamesmc

Coco is cool! - Ithomas

Yeah, but wot's she done on grit? - Superstu

Cute photo, that probably isn't tilted (much?), but the weird angles of rock and trees are playing tricks with my mind. I like the captured hand movement, tentative facial expression, and that the rope isn't under tension! Well done Coco! ... Lookout photographer, as I predict that it won't be long and she will be dragging you up climbs! Heh, heh, heh. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Nice one, and good to see diversification in the Photo Gallery. Go Coco! Any feedback on what Coco thought about climbing that route? - Duang Daunk

Reasonably good pic, but I'm worried the high chocky morals have been compramized by featuring a pic of a sub 16 yr old girl in bondage. - gnaguts

Good shot, she looks like she is having a ball. What harness setup are you using? I'm looking for one for the same age.. G - Johnie2.5

It looks like a petzel kids chest harness. I could be wrong but in any case I got one when my daughter was a similar age to coco and it expands so it still fits her as a tall 10 year old. Was a while ago but think was less than $100. . Pretty sure I got it from Steve rock hardware. He was and continues to be Post edit - oops doesn't look like a petzel without the beer goggles on. However I stand by the recommendation as have been impressed with their size versatility - Stugang

Great, thanks Stugang - Johnie2.5

IT's the Edelrid Fraggle II - which I bought from Aus Climbing Anchors. Rock hardware have the Petzl Simba, which is similar to my older daughter's harness. & We bought the XS Fraggle rather than the XXS - as the measurements are 50-65cm; however it's quite big on her. We figure she'll grow into it - if I had bought this for my older daughter and knew Coco would be using it later; I would definitely go for the XXS - but as she's the youngest, we're happy to wait. The Fraggle is the only kid's full-body harness "designed for kids" - the other brands seem to be standard full-body harnesses shrunk down. You definitely notice the shoulder straps on the Petzl come loose much easier. We also bought 2 Petzl Picchu helmets - they are bigger than my wife's Elios. And to Duang Duank - she loved it and did several laps. She's not very good at going down, I always end up pretty much carrying her. My older daughter loves being lowered. - Martym

Thanks for the tips, will investigate further. G - Johnie2.5

Vote 1 on the Petzl. Easy to use and very adjustable. Rig a rope up in a tree to start and get the kids swinging around in the harness for a bit of confidence building (and teach them that they don't have to hang on to the rope when lowering). - Capt_mulch

**** The Shining Path By John Bentley  18/05/2016
The Shining Path   
Martin Jackson on pitch 4 of “The Shining Path”, Grey and Green Walls, Mt Stapleton Amphitheatre, Grampians, Vic.

Just so I don't create 'a storm in a tea cup', I believe the actual photographer was Mei Liew. We were both taking photos on the route, but I reckon I was belaying Martin at the time this photo was taken. I took the liberty to submit the photo on her(our) behalf. No sneaky business intended. - jdb

>"Sorry, your comments were a little on the short side. Please provide at least a couple of sentences. Did you like it, hate it? Why?" 5 stars. - martym

Sweet, looks like heaps of fun. Another crag to add to the list. Something missing though to get five stars, maybe a smily face on the back of the helmet :) - bagotup

I like the fact that you don't see the face - it would make it more of a "selfie" or "posed photo". In this case the logical place for the climber to be looking is out yonder. What I love about the photo is the details. It's so sharp - even on a small screen - you can see all the little pockets, the overhanging rock above his head, the nooks and crannies - you feel like the belayer, wondering where is he going to go next. I immediately jumped on thecrag and checked out the route, and then the multitude of other routes around it - definitely something to check out next time I'm south. - martym

Strangely, despite the number of U-bolts the name is still Stapylton, not Stapleton. - kieranl

Good mystery an boldness. Yup, this is what a good climbing pic is all about. 5 minus half a star for stuffing up the location spelling. - Gnaguts

This pic brings to my mind the old quote of; "Oils ain't oils Sol"; which translates for this photo to 'Bum shots ain't bum shots viewers'(!); as it is way better than your average shot of the genre 'looking at someones rear end style of photo' in my opinion. It simply makes me want to climb the route it depicts. I would've given the last half star rating for it if it had been taken selfy-style with part of belayer in foreground for added perspective. Thanks for submitting it. Post edit. Because the detail of the climb has also been omitted from the heading-caption, here is an extract from about it; Mixed trad/sport. 110 m Gd 19 This long sustained adventure is a classic at the grade. Starts as for the 'The Great Foaming Expresso Machine', which is in the middle of the Petite Fleur Face, L of its central green moss streak. Take a full trad rack (double cams and lots of wires) and a bunch of slings. Every belay is U-bolted. You can climb to the top of the third pitch using a single 60m+ rope (two raps will get you to the ground from here) but you will need double ropes to complete the rest of the route. You'll also need double ropes for the rap descent. The rap descent chains are situated just 15m R of the finish of the climb. This route utilises 'The Great Foaming Expresso Machine' and parts of 'Sluice' and Gigi's Climb. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Makes me want to go back to the Grey & Green walls. Great pic of a great climb... - Miguel75

Forgot to mention, it makes Taipan Wall (in the background) look like a pile of choss - jdb

@makes Taipan Wall (in the background) look like a pile of choss So is there any place better than Grey and Green Walls? C'mon jdb, give us the good tip on the best climbing location U'v eva been. - Gnaguts

Half a star for a poor troll. Can't see any shining path or green anywhere, and looking at some blokes backside doesn't do it for me. - Duang Daunk

>and looking at some blokes backside doesn't do it for me. well there goes my short list as to people that I thought you were. - stugang

>people that I thought you were I am Spartacus. Ed’s name means horse. He attracts flies for you And says it’s not his fault of course Where was stugang, davidn, and bomb And ODH might leave you too But I shan’t be gone I am Spartacus, so have no fear We all made posts for you So you enjoy your time here - Duang Daunk

Pic posted 18/05/16 an it's now 10/08/16 an pic is going stale. Minus anotha half star for not Bn updated. - gnaguts

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