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looking down The Lotus Flower Tower's crux pitch
© Adam Long, Aug 2006
Climbers: Toby Wilson, Lucinda Hughes
Camera used: Olympus OM4-ti, 28mm/2.8
Date taken: August 2006
VOTING: from 128 votes
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Despite 17 pitches to get used to it, the exposure still smacks you in the gut as you pull round the roof.
Adam Long - 02/Jul/08Report
Everything about this is superb. It captures exposure and grip at the same time.
Sean Kelly - 04/Jul/08Report
Your not wrong Adam, when you go to get your feet over that roof, it hits you like a train!
mark reeves - 06/Jul/08Report
nice photo. what grade is the route you were on?
mulletcocktail2000 - 08/Jul/08Report
Its probably worth E3 5c. Only two pitches at that grade, but a lot of E1 to get there which makes them feel harder.
Adam Long - 08/Jul/08Report
For the first time in my life I have vertigo - and I am sat at a computer! This really captures the scene - Amazing photo!
littlebear - 09/Jul/08Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 13/Jul/08Report
It is a classic shot Adam, can't believe it was nearly two years ago, feels like yesterday looking at this. In fact it feels like right now, because it's taking me right back there!
Obi-Wan is lost... - 14/Jul/08Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 20/Jul/08Report
Not only is this a wonderful climbing photo of a marvellous line but it also shows an horific shrinking of the glacial snows that used to butt the cliffs.
Andy Cloquet - 21/Jul/08Report
Was this in a mag a while back? I certainly remember looking at a similar picture whilst in hospital and thinking "One day..."
gingermonkey - 22/Jul/08Report
Yep, double-page spread in Climber July '07
Adam Long - 23/Jul/08Report
In fact I looked down here 28 years ago and the glacier doesn't seem to have changed that much. Must dig out a slide to see if it's my memory that's changed...
jon - 08/May/09Report
... Found my (crap) photo now. It shows that the glacier has changed very little since 1981. Even the snow patches are the same shape, meaning that the ice underlying the moraine is still the same... <a href=''></a>
jon - 23/Nov/09Report
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