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Ben Bransby in extremis on the first lead attempt, pumped, scared and about to take a big fall.
© Adam Long, Jun 2002
Route: The Nose
Camera used: Olympus OM-4ti, 21mm/f3.5
Love this photo, it's a great celebration of British climbing. Scary trad, dodgy gear, lichenous rock, remote location, spoddy old helmet, scruffy clothes, glasses, stubble, chalk and fear everywhere...
Screw all that Euro-limestone sun-bronzed posing nonsense, this is where it's at :)
Fiend - 26/Jan/09
Great pic Adam. Thanks for posting it. Think Fiend summed it up pretty good!
feepole - 26/Jan/09
I have always loved this pic from when i first saw it on the front of some mag, but according to fiend its uncool to wear a t shirt over a long sleeve shirt.
The Pylon King - 26/Jan/09
The best climbing magazine cover ever? Way better than that shot of Rikki Ishoy any day...! Thanks for uploading this Adam.
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 26/Jan/09
Yes, could well the best magazine cover ever. Apart from the difficulty of the climb (and the fashion faux pas) the identification factor is overwhelming.
Thanks for posting this.
Jonas Wiklund - 01/Feb/09
Fiend, you nailed the description perfectly. Adam, what a stunning picture, captures everything I hold dear about climbing.
220bpm - 03/Feb/09
A truly great picture, which every trad leader will appreciate. Many thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you were able to go back and successfully complete the route.
Martin Wright - 11/Feb/09
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This is one of the best climbing pictures I have ever seen. This must stir memories and emotions in all climbers.
pigeonjim - 23/Jan/10