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**** Mari By Chris Ferre  3/07/2015
Mari   
Philly Briglia on Mari (17), Arapiles.

A bit too much grey rock, clothing and helmet for my liking. - maxdacat

I have no doubt that you're being the classic internet keyboard warrior in that you're jealous that a woman climbs harder than you do. Are you really that insecure that you look at a female, climbing in the middle of winter, and have to say that she has too many clothes on when the belayer is wearing a puffy jacket?? I know, you're a sport climber. Unfortunately your attitude is the same with many males in the sport, which then discourages females from wanting to climb. You should apologise. Also, why haven't the moderators deleted the above comment like they are so quick to do with all other offensive comment? Good work Philly. - bigchris

Calm down dear, I didn't think it was a great photo for the reasons outlined which was a comment on the colour rather than quantity of clothing as you had wrongly assumed. Maybe you should apologise for jumping down people's throats and making assumptions about them. - maxdacat

Nice back pedal. Perhaps improve your sentence construction and you won't sound like a douche. The picture is grey because the rock is grey. The sky was grey. She had a grey top on. The helmet is also grey. Stop being greycist. - bigchris

I like the angle of the shot, and the composition is strong. I can see how the first post could very well be interpreted as done. I knew what you meant, but that's because I'm used to looking at the posts in these threads and evaluating photos from a photographic standpoint where it is hard to escape the fact that contrasting and bright coloured clothes do often make for a better shot in the outdoors. I do think it would have improved this shot because the belayers colourful clothes draw the eye there. Very defensive response though. - Cams

Looking pretty smug at 'the rest that offers no rest'. There are climbs and then there are climbs.... - Superstu

Seems like BIG chris has got a big chip on his shoulder..... With an attitude like that you'll get eaten alive on this forum! Lol - marky

Love the eyes! ~> They really make the photo for me due being such a good human interest element of it. I certainly also agree with the comments about it being a (very, imo) strong composition photo, and also about the lead climbers clothing colour tending to blend with the rock colour; ... a positive and a negative which tends to balance out... I also like the fact that you can see the belayer, and sufficient depth of field to tell a story of the ascent to this point. I would have given another star if the photo depicted the lead climber in a more action oriented position, ie with gear in hand & about to place it; as the way it is shown for us here, it comes across as a little too posed for my liking. Re "the rest that offers no rest" comment; I notice that Philly may be milking a sneaky knee-bar to achieve that... Did I mention that I love the eyes. ~> They drew my attention first; that and the fact that her smile indicates she is obviously enjoying her position. It is also great to see a woman grace picture gallery prime spot too. Thanks for sharing the photo. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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*** Big Ben By John Bentley  11/06/2015
Big Ben   
Martin Jackson on Big Ben pitch 2 at Ben Nevis, Victoria.

Love a smooth slab - mikllaw

Must get there now I have a regular climbing partner. - Pat

It might have gotten five stars if you had tilted the camera back, made up a name and given it a grade in the 30's. - Olbert

Makes "A Question of Ethics" look like a ladder - jdb

Is that three biners on the first bolt? - maxdacat

@ mdc "Is that three biners on the first bolt?" Forget the 3 biners on first bolt, as main one is a locker, red an white sling is likely a second attachment point for belayer, an orange is the judas piece to cover FF2 due starting out on pitch 2. Fairly standard multipitch practice except for the linked biners on connection to belayer. Brilliant photo though, as it is the best example of double rope technique stuffing up I have seen on Chocky, an makes me wonder what his rope logbook says for that climb. - gnaguts

Eh gnaguts, though I tend to agree with your comment, here is some more beta on how they did the route if you want to improve on their style... http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?ForumID=15&Action=Display&MessageID=28044&PagePos=&Sort= Back on topic of the photo. It is good to see a true slab climb on the front page of Chockstone for a change, and the photo depicts that style of climbing well; ... so for a targeted climber audience I give it 3 stars due the interest-values it contains. From a photographic technical perspective I'd rate it less stars, due it being slightly over-exposed and it's prime subject is too far away for much detail, making it neither a landscape nor a gripping style (pun), action-portrait shot! Given the nature of the location and subject matter it is a true photographic challenge to render well to an uninformed photo-critical audience. Perhaps a wider angle lense would have captured that elusive element better? Thanks jdb for submitting it for our perusal. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

mdc "Is that three biners on the first bolt?" Forget the 3 biners on first bolt, as main one is a locker, red an white sling is likely a second attachment point for belayer, an orange is the judas piece to cover FF2 due starting out on pitch 2. Fairly standard multipitch practice except for the linked biners on connection to belayer Spot on Ganuts. There was only one bolt on the first belay, so my leader incorporated the first bolt on the second pitch into the belay, which he subsequently clipped on the way through - jdb

jdb wrote: > Makes "A Question of Ethics" look like a ladder The question here, my learned camming device, is the ethics of commenting on your own photo to gain attention and peer approval. - gfdonc

yeh, whats with the twisted ropes? other than that it looks like good training for grit. - White Trash

Hmmm, going out climbing on granite? Mate bringing a camera along? Better wear your grey pants and grey tshirt?!?! Nice looking slab though. - One Day Hero

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*** Thorever By E. Wells  1/04/2015
Thorever   
Jessica Tam seconding pitch 3 of 'THOREVER' at Thor Head , Mt Vic, NSW. Blatant new route propaganda!

2 stars from a technical 'photograph judging' perspective, due hard to see subject for colour blending with background and distracting shadows in foreground, though I do like the diagonal-line balance perspective in a vertical format and the interest that this different composition brings to the photo. 4 stars from a climbing interest perspective, as it is good to 'feel the height' involved, which the shot portrays well. Off topic; I note the ringbolts, but wonder about the possibility of the route going on trad gear? @ Blatant new route propaganda! ~> EW may find himself 'disbaled' (thanks Hex) as a spammer? Heh, heh, heh. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Oh I think its a smashing photo. Five stars. As to whether it goes on gear I think you could get a bit in before the first bolt then not much for the rest but so long as you never fall off I think it may be a trad line . The section shown is quite steep but I tilted the pic so it looks vertical. Jess was mid crux and not so impressed that one of my hands was busy taking a piccy as 3m lower a chossy foot blew leaving her dangling by one arm over a bit of space. Hah! Smile!!! - E. Wells

Would have given more stars to see that Jess move posted up. @ As to whether it goes on gear I think you could get a bit in before the first bolt then not much for the rest but so long as you never fall off I think it may be a trad line. Blueies trad by natural definition is often runout, so this sounds normal. Since it is bolted how many falls did U take? - gnaguts

Not minny , uff inny. - E. Wells

it is ok. luve the ironstone edged near the second runner tho being in a corner of sorts she isnt likely to pendulum on it as second, but leader might be a different matter. - White Trash

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