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Greg Jack on A La Weta (25/12a/7a+), Mt Somers, NZ
© highlux
Route: A La Weta (25)
Camera used: Eos 30, Fuji Velvia, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens
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Excellent capture!
Sean Kelly - 24/Sep/10Report
Bolts a go-go
Henry L Buckle - 27/Sep/10Report
Superb. Awesome composition and a depth of field that really works well, which is rare in a climbing pic. Well done.
Dan Arkle - 28/Sep/10Report
Brilliant Shot!
Duncan_Andison - 29/Sep/10Report
Whopper!
liamo333 - 03/Oct/10Report
Thanks for the comments : )
highlux - 03/Oct/10Report
Really wanted to go here bit never made it.
Great pic, love the route name too.
Chris F - 04/Oct/10Report
I'm marking this fine shot down to 3, because it celebrates a piece trashed rock, with the bolts almost absurdly close together.
Gordon Stainforth - 08/Oct/10Report
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UKC Photos - 10/Oct/10Report
Very sad.Of course the camera can lie but from the pic if his left foot was where is right hand is you'd have superb trad groove. This seems to be the way of the world now though...
Mike Raine - 11/Oct/10Report
How do you know it would be superb Mike, have you climbed it. The cracks look completely blind.
Chris F - 11/Oct/10Report
Gordon: do you actually know anything about this climb or are you commenting on the apparent proximity of the bolts? I'll just say that the whole route was originally protected with 1/4 inch rawls and the two tru bolts seen by the climber were a later retrobolt. They are close, but not ridiculously so. Reserve your comments until you have climbed it.
highlux - 11/Oct/10Report
Mike: Maybe you would have a 'trad groove' but it would be ridiculously contrived as there is a classic hand crack in the open book corner. (and no you can't easily reach the bolts from it).
highlux - 11/Oct/10Report
Fair do's. I'm only going on the pic. It's just to me those bolts look out of place on that crag. But then I'm rapidly becoming an old fart. Bolt 'em up all up if that's what yer want...
Mike Raine - 11/Oct/10Report
Thought it was Devil's Tower - looks remarkably similar.
Jonny2vests - 11/Oct/10Report
Looks long and slabby to me, no wonder Greg's finding it hard...top photo though.
woodster - 11/Oct/10Report
Good to see someone still uses real film.
John Bamber - 12/Oct/10Report
Sorry, the picture tells us enough, and it's shocking. Sheer vandalism.
Gordon Stainforth - 13/Oct/10Report
To me this is an almost perfect visual summary of how our sport is being destroyed.
Gordon Stainforth - 13/Oct/10Report
Great photo.
I stayed in the hut facing this on a three day trek, and wondered about climbing it... (obviously a much easier route though :)
Stuart Wildman - 13/Oct/10Report
Fantastic shot Mark, ignore the negatives, i'd love to see someone climb that arete and placing gear in the crack, they'd need arms like Inspector Gadget ! ! !
chris fox - 13/Oct/10Report
Gordon: "To me this is an almost perfect visual summary of how our sport is being destroyed."
Well, to me your comment is an almost perfect example of thoughtless internet commentary: an irrelevant flame written by somebody who has never climbed the route, never climbed at the crag, never climbed in NZ (I'm guessing these last two, happy to be shot down!), and crucially knows nothing about the local history or ethics.
BTW I think it's a great photograph.
Alun - 14/Oct/10Report
love the photo very very well taken, certainly a 5 from me because of it! i dont care about climb since its in the top 10 photos section not the top 10 climbs.....
jamesgodwin64 - 14/Oct/10Report
Absolutly stunning picture. Well done.
rockjedi - 15/Oct/10Report
This is in reply to jonny2vests comment on similarity of the rock formation to that of Devil's Tower, Wyoming.
The Rock is Basalt and there is a good link to this rock if your interested.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=866863&tn=0&mr=0
halo - 16/Oct/10Report
Cheers Halo. DT is also Basalt - despite what the locals think!
Jonny2vests - 01/Nov/10Report
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