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The Cobra
© Nick Heppenstall, Jul 2009
Route: The Cobra (8a)
Climbers: Jonny2vests
Camera used: Nikon D90
Date taken: 15th July 2009
VOTING: from 144 votes
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wow now that's a photogenic position!
Tim Broughtonshaw - 18/Aug/09Report
lol, beats Gargoyle Buttress!
Jus - 18/Aug/09Report
Nice one, 5.13b.
mr mills - 18/Aug/09Report
5.13b? I honestly have no idea, have you climbed in the Cirque?
Jonny2vests - 18/Aug/09Report
has that sky been photoshoped in? the exposure of the sky is too dark for in proportion to the exposure of the ground...
y2keable - 21/Aug/09Report
It's a great photo'just dont look real?
Carpe Diem - 21/Aug/09Report
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UKC Photos - 23/Aug/09Report
Looks similar to a climb in a black Diamond ad, wonder if theyre the same?
remus - 23/Aug/09Report
the skyline above the rock he is climbing looks fake. Dis you shop it?
Dangerous Dave - 23/Aug/09Report
Deeply envious of your blue skies!! My memories of the Fairy Meadow was a lot more rain!! Brings back happy memories though...
Gethin Thomas - 23/Aug/09Report
No photoshop, the original remains completely unchanged. Just a talented photographer.
Jonny2vests - 24/Aug/09Report
sweet man how did the rest of the trip go?
dave4430 - 24/Aug/09Report
We had some major rockfall on the Lotus Flower Tower, and the climbing is hugely undergraded. We went for adventure and thats what we got, we didn't top out though.
Jonny2vests - 25/Aug/09Report
Cool photo, but indeed just not looks real :) Am I wrong, that the line goes straight to the climber without any clips until the last one in the top?
Cool idea for a picture anyway!
RockShock - 26/Aug/09Report
Can't see anywhere for gear! Eeek
subflux - 27/Aug/09Report
incredible, unlikely-looking piece of rock. are there any other photos of it around?
Andy Moles - 27/Aug/09Report
Appallingly PS'd. Fake!
Simon S - 28/Aug/09Report
The route appears to be lit from the left (see rope shadow ) but background boulders seem to be lit from the right.
GlennWatson - 28/Aug/09Report
Lovely Photo. Sorry you didn't top out on the LFT. I really had to comment on the PS comments. Having been there, this is not a PS image. The route climbs the groove then the opposite face to the one we can see, which has bolts. It is obligatory to cut loose on the cobras head! I tried to get a picture that captured this as well as your image but failed when I was there a long time ago now.
Mark Reeves - 28/Aug/09Report
Thanks Mark, these comments about photoshop were starting to get on my tits, and all this talk about shadows etc, next you'll be saying the moon landing was faked...
Its a sport route that I dogged my way up, but I pulled the rope from the midway ledge and started again - which is why none of the bolts are clipped in the lower section. The top bolts are all clipped but they're all on the other side of the arete.
Jonny2vests - 31/Aug/09Report
Thanks for the abusive email Jon. Very kind of you.
Simon S - 01/Sep/09Report
Anytime Simon. Try and engage brain before posting next time.
Jonny2vests - 01/Sep/09Report
Its a shame folk who know a little think they know it all, there's no PS work here. As someone else who has been there, it looks exactly as it should.
To those who think 'the sky is too dark', I can only presume you mean 'that mountain looks brighter than I am used to' - this is because it is mostly bare, white granite.
To those who think the shadows look wrong, imagine how train tracks appear to converge, now photograph them with a wide-angle with the sun directly in line, hey presto 'unnatural' shadows in two directions.
Nice photo Nick. I remember it being sustained! Had to rest a couple of times.
Adam Long - 04/Sep/09Report
Thanks Adam - well put.
Jonny2vests - 04/Sep/09Report
Unfortunately for the none believers this is the real deal, the more cynical of you should go and check it out!!!
johnny_black7 - 22/Sep/09Report
Is this "the Penguin"?
Tom_Harding - 02/Mar/10Report
It can be whatever you want it to be Tom.
Jonny2vests - 02/Mar/10Report
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