Rock Climber by bmac62 ()
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Discovered this lone rock climber out on a rock face in the Coronado National Forest (near Tucson) several days ago.
This made me google the Rock Climbing Wiki to learn a little more. I smiled when I read, "The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling". That'd surely be my goal:)
Wiki if you're interested: Click Here
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I had no idea, that there were sooooo many different styles of climbing ? ... and adding to your Wikipedia info - I also read this little footnote - "Climbing in Germany, circa 1965. Note the lack of intermediate protection points and the potentially deadly tie-in method, which demonstrate the maxim of the day: "The leader must not fall." ;P IMHO - it seems to me (a novice rock climber) that he had to pick the worst looking stretch, good luck to him ... ah well Bill, you were there to capture/catch him ;)) crazy stuff ! BB
When the chalk marks look like someone just coated a tennis ball in chalk and threw them at the wall because you can't feel any rugosity around the impact, you know it's a tough climb. Even in my youth, such walls were beyond me except in my dreams.....which would sometimes become nightmares. But that's why we climbed :)
It is always amazing to watch those people who pit themselves against sheer rock faces such as this or even higher like El Capitan . I have never been enticed by that activity. I have seen climbers sleeping in little slings hanging off the cliffs....not at all for me... Great capture. Thanks for sharing.
LOL and mine too Bill !!!! talk about stating the obvious LOL wouldn't catch me doing that although I have tried abseiling once, think I'd rather stick to flying I feel safer that way. Lovely image and gives a feeling of tension, I hope he made it ok :)