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Do I collect my pension or solo something...
© Sean Kelly, Jun 2009
Route: North West Passage (E1 5b)
Climbers: Mick Ryan
Camera used: Nikon D300
5*VOTING: number of votes 45
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I took the photo from inside the lighthouse (through the glass window as I wasn't allowed outside, H&S rules)and didn't know that anybody was climbing. Later I wandered over to Castel Helen and saw an old man surface in the area of the abseil point, and sudddenly realised it was Mick Ryan (Black & Tans) who said he had been soloing up the face. I should point out that Mick is 69! And I didn't realise that he was on the photo until I processed the image on PS when I returned home.
Sean Kelly - 02/Jul/09
I thought you were joking, great story!
Stu Tyrrell - 03/Jul/09
Yeah great shot
The Pylon King - 03/Jul/09
Great scale and pose.
I think he's probably on the first 'pitch' of North West Passsage. Atlantis goes up the far corner (out of sight)to the half way ledge.
Dave Rumney - 04/Jul/09
Yes, checking the guide you might be right. If Mick sees this he might let us know for sure.
Sean Kelly - 05/Jul/09
Keeping it real. What are the chances?
Rustyshanks - 09/Jul/09
The uncropped RAW file can be seen here /images/dbpage.html?id=119789
Sean Kelly - 13/Jul/09
He's just set off up the second pitch of RAP or PEL. Northwest Passage leaves from the other end of the ledge - a lot further right.
Good clean up from the original shot though but the cropping doesn't quite work for me.
CuriosityCanKill - 13/Jul/09
what a massive lad brilliant photo
MaxR - 16/Jul/09
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