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*** Rosa Parks By Peter Butcher  26/08/2015
Rosa Parks   
Mikl Law on the FA of Rosa Parks (22) Rosa Gully, Sydney seacliffs.

Is that preplaced rusted mank being used for protection? - gnaguts

a bit too much grey rock and clothing for my liking... - f_abe

He clearly forgot to pack his red t-shirt. - bigchris

@bc comment on f_abe comment. 'I have no doubt that you're being the classic internet keyboard warrior in that you're jealous that mikl climbs harder than you do. Are you really that insecure that you look at him climbing in the middle of winter, and have to say that he has too many clothes on even though he clearly forgot to pack his red hawaian floral t-shirt.' Fixtitforya... ... and yes, bright clothing would've added to the pic. Typically interesting Sydney seacliff sandstone, and the features lend themself to photography probably better than climbing! The light over-exposure top left would have been hard to avoid and still get detail in the shadowed areas... Good climbing action, but I suspect there is a runner hidden at mikls waist. It would have been a better photo (for me) if the belayer featured in it. Maybe Peter invented a new sandbag while belaying, by tieing off the belay middle of a crux move, to step back and photograph the angst? Hehx3 - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Absolutely a runner at my waist. Wouldn't leave the ledge without it. - mikllaw

@mikl "Absolutely a runner at my waist. Wouldn't leave the ledge without it." Why not? The crack to your left would take natural pro easily. ... And I dare say that the crack you are on would take enough pro (though spaced), to be sane also. Heh, heh, heh. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Originally all this real estate was covered in a wandery trad 17. It climbed from bottom left to far right to get to the first ledge. then traversed just below where I am to the grey rock then up the shattered cracks above. With no repeats since 1978 the area was modernised, particularly after the old trad route further right had one runner in 10m, and a VW-sized block came off with hand pressure. There are now 3 straight up sport routes on the wall at 18, 22, 22 with many repeats in the last 14 months. - mikllaw

Fair enough. Thanks for the modernisations, as every climber should experience the Sydney sea cliffs at least once in their climbing career. (... and take a camera to record it!) If I ever get back to the Sydney cliffs the wandery trad 17 is probably the magnet that would attract me at Rosa Gully (amongst other locations), as late '70's was around the time that other early routes were put up on the northern beach headlands, Barrenjoey, etc, that I remember with affection. ;-) - IdratherbeclimbingM9

There is a classic 16 trad opposite it (Tourist Route, originally 13, then an editing error by Rock mag made it 23 in the old guide) with perfect rock and gear, no ledges to hit and no loose cracks full of death blocks - mikllaw

Just checked the Rock insert guides and you are right, it went from 13 in 1987 edition, to 23 in 1991 edition. I put the discrepancy down to typical sandbagging at the time, which was later corrected! "What's the lowest grade we can give it without bursting out into laughter?" "Oh, 13? (Insert sounds of muffled chortling here)" ;-) - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Another typical climbing bum shot. Edweirdo will be pleased. If it had more kelp and other flotsam and jetsam floating about on the rock platform that's been cut off in base of the pic, to remind stuey of his screen saver, then he too would be pleased. If the climber or photog involved were to offer a stipend to simey (which would topup his depleted one), for a rave review of this Chockstone photo presentation, then he'd be pleased too. - Duang Daunk

I love that the rock in the foreground (bottom right hand) looks like a creature from the Dark Crystal! - martym

Looks like great fun to me ... - Doug

Comments
**** 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 where her eyes lead the viewer; but 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 lead and location. It is also great to see a woman grace Chockstone Photo Gallery prime spot too. Thanks for sharing the photo. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

For me, a good picture makes me want to go and climb the route. This pic does that for me. - Pat

I read an article by a climbing photographer (can't remember who) in which he said he always throws a red TShirt in with his kit, for when his subjects have a neutral coloured shirt on. The red (or green or blue) shirt helps to make the climber stand out and makes for a stronger photo. That's what maxdacat was getting at before he was accused of just about everything under the sun. I agree with maxdacat. Mate, unhinch your carkle and relax a bit or change your call name to overlydefencivechris. I quite like the photo but I'm giving it half a star because it was submitted by a big sook. - wallwombat

Actually, I went back and read the first two comments again and I cant believe maxdacat's comment elicited such a response from the original poster. I know which direction I think an apology should come from. - wallwombat

Booyah Philly. I like the pic because I like you:) You have to be stoked with that lead... P.S. I only learned your surname thanks to this post:) - Miguel75

Ha ha, that exchange was hilarious. A simple semicolon would have avoided the whole mess."A bit too much grey: rock, clothing and helmet for my liking." To avoid future epic internet battlz, try reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss; excerpt below. “A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. "Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder. "I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up." The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation. Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.” The photo is pretty good. - dhunchak

It's great to see a woman on a classic crack like Mari. My other main thought on the photo though is: WTF is anyone doing on Mari in the middle of winter????? - Wendy

dhunchak: you inserted a colon, not a semicolon :-) - tnd

@Wendy, Philly's hardcore;) - Miguel75

@Wendy - It wasn't that cold that particular day. If you put your jacket on in between climbs it's all good - We had a play on Electric Warrior and Devoid while we were up there which were pretty tough but super fun. - bigchris

@ widewetnslipoff’s comment of “Nice rack” I have no doubt that you’re being the classic internet keyboard has-been warrior in that you are jealous of a woman with a bigger rack than yours. Are you really that insecure that you look at a female and have to say she has a nice rack when you probably haven’t had a fondle of your rack in the last ice age? I know, you’re a boulderer. 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. You can be my boss anytime this winter that you like. And what’s with the “Booyah” rubbish M62.5? Philly is boss for doing the route in winter, colothed or not! It is a decent photo even if subbed by a overly-defencive-sook photog. - gnaguts

Ah you got the sanitizied version... I heard it as Eats, roots, shoots and leaves nice pic, but does need more 80's lycra for the last star - trog

It's pitiful but not only is it a colon but it's in the wrong spot to make the joke he attempted to make. - Jayford4321

Nice work Chris. Philly looking good. Sparkle in the eyes and cheeky grin. After reading the comments on this site for a long time I feel vindicated in NOT posting photos of my daughter climbing. Can only hear "nice rack", "like to grab that jug", "crack - et al", without wanting to smash in the face of the purile turd delivering the line. I hear in Bigchris the same frustration I often have. Sentence structure aside. A real photo. As it was. Documentary not contrived. Tired of photos with red shirts, bandanas, chalk up to the elbows, Buddist monk like concentration look on the face. Let's go ask alex to change his shirt half way up the nose while he free solos. Really. I love his check shirts. Why? Because it looks like the one picked up off the floor that was least whiffy. - Reluctant

I apologise if offence was caused and have removed the post. - widewetandslippery

@chris: Wendys come with strict condition requirements. Mari never sees the sun, hence it could never see a Wendy in the winter! The thing I don't understand about doing these routes in winter is they are so good to do in summer, although you have to do Mari early in the day when belaying in the sun is still tolerable. Devoid is actually very good for a mossy looking rarely climbed thing, isn't it? You guys should jump on Hyeana, Hard Ears, Electra, Claw, Sideshow, Great White Hope, Good, Bad and Ugly etc - fun in the sun cracks. In the meanwhile, I am at Frog needing thermals and a jacket whilst a bunch of Tasmanians run around shirtless. We are heading for Townsville where hopefully even I won't be needing my down jacket. - Wendy

@releuctant I think it is a good reason to post lots of photos of your daughters climbing. Real photos showing grot, sweat, terror, exaltation and all those things that really come with climbing rather than the sort of beautified images we often get of female sportspeople. If anything inappropriate is said, stand up against it. (i completely missed the offensive deleted comment here, and I guessed it was a grammar issue in comment number one that the problem was the amount of grey, not the amount of clothing). The world doesn't change unless we make it. - Wendy

Good photo, and well led Philly. I thought widewetandslippery's comment was harmless fun. Some of us get that kind of remark fairly often and I think it should be taken as a compliment rather than as an excuse to go all teary, angry, or high-horsey. - Chloe

looks like a great route; and like pat, this photo makes me want to go and climb it. good to see women climbing and a pic of a route that is achievble for many instead of just the elite. - White Trash

Not every climbing day is a deliberate photo shoot... sometimes folks go out for a climb without the intent of taking any photos, and thus simply head out wearing what is comfortable and/or suitable for the climb. If a photo happens to get taken, it gets taken. You tend to get more honest pics that way, people enjoying the day out on the rock :) - climbingjac

Comments
*** 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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