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Sam Whittaker making the first ascent of Appointment with Death, Wimberry
© Adam Long, Nov 2004
Route: Appointment with Death (E9 6c)
Camera used: Olympus OM-4ti, 21mm/3.5
Date taken: November 2004
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stunning. eek.
Astral Highway - 01/Dec/05Report
Appointment with Death? He's got one decent runner!
Sean Kelly - 03/Dec/05Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
Charles Arthur - UKC - 04/Dec/05Report
amazing, such an inspiring photo! love it longy!
andi_e - 04/Dec/05Report
why isn't the belayer looking at him!?!
tombo - 05/Dec/05Report
In reply to Tombo:
How can you tell?
CurlyStevo - 05/Dec/05Report
His eyes seem to be focussed on him! Maybe they're closed - I can't tell! Great photo!
Jules C - 05/Dec/05Report
Sorry my mistake! Mustn't have been wearing my glasses or was drunk or something. "Very bold and inspiring climb" I should have said...
tombo - 06/Dec/05Report
Great photo.... and runner or not, he's still gonna have a heavy landing!!
Scotti - 08/Dec/05Report
That's an appointment I'd be happy to miss. Good shot, nicely composed, good perspective and context. Oh, almost forgot, compliments to Sam too!
Wry Spudding - 08/Dec/05Report
Was this photo published in climber?
fenclimb - 08/Dec/05Report
wasn't this photo using in a fiveten advert?
It is a brill photo and scares me to death!
craigmarksmith - 09/Dec/05Report
why bother with the runner at all? To keep his body from rag-dolling down the hill after impact, thus making recovery easier? free soloing with a rope and harness on is still free soloing.*angle/perspective could be fore-shortened in this pic, if so disregard above comments.*
norskagent - 09/Dec/05Report
Thanks for all the comments. Yes the photo was published in Climber, no it wasn't used in a 5.10 ad (that was Dave Simmo's pic from a lower angle)
As to why bother with the runner - the belayer is on a ledge at least 20' above the ground, not obvious from this angle, admittedly, so (hopefully!) giving a bit more leeway than appears...
Adam Long - 10/Dec/05Report
Crikey! Best grit pic I've ever seen. The photo sums up the route name nicely.
thekirkz - 10/Dec/05Report
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Charles Arthur - UKC - 11/Dec/05Report
Is there a runner on or near the arete to make a.w.f "only" E7? Does this route move right on those chalked up slopey green micro edges - aargh! Respect
JonnyL - 12/Dec/05Report
There's a rotton old bolt underneath the prow that in theory mitigates awf - and I think the hardsest bit technically is meant to be getting across to the arete.
Phenomenal pieces of climbing both of them. Hope he didn't tell his mum!
John Lisle - 13/Dec/05Report
One of the most inspiring pics ive ever seen. Show your mum- she'd be proud!
camw - 15/Dec/05Report
Amazing photo and an amazing ascent, phenominal stuff!
Phylis - 29/Jan/06Report
great photo! appointment with death mmmmmmm one runner are you nuts!!!!!!!!
climber1993 - 29/Jul/06Report
wonder why its called that? hmm..
Tom Hartland - 31/Aug/06Report
This actually gives me a funny feeling in my stomach!!
dispeller - 06/Sep/06Report
In reply to tombo thet belayer is definately looking at Sam. This is an fantastic photo of an equally fantastic line any one know the grade?
halo - 11/Sep/06Report
Surely Whimpering Whimberry would be even better as a name but maybe has been used before. Still a scary situation to be in. What grade?
Lone Rider - 08/Nov/06Report
good grief
jtree03 - 20/Nov/06Report
It is a stunning photo, at an amazing crag. Think the grade was E8/9 6c.
craig h - 07/Oct/07Report
awesome stuff, love this pic
shortyx - 08/Oct/07Report
Scarey scarey scarey....
Still one of the best names for a climb I've ever known!!!
Andy S - 18/Feb/08Report
This photo is amazing! Despite probably never being able to climb that hard or bold, this picture puts me into that moment of fear (though the climber may not have been feeling that). A stunning aesthetic photo with emotive content. Looks like he's been shot at by the chalk firing death squad!
tommyzero - 20/Jun/08Report
I'm ashamed to say I have a copy of this pic pinned to my notice board at work. I've looked at it a million times and it still makes my balls shrink. Probably one of my favourite pieces of climbing porn - v. nice work.
Dave Foster - 05/Jul/08Report
I'd be too scared to belay someone on this route - let alone climb it! Amazing.
Matt Fry - 22/Jan/09Report
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