THE BIG QUES­TION

Climbing - - BASECAMP -

Eyes fix­ated on the crux crimp, a plume of chalk float­ing through sun­set light, and a pris­tine moun­tain back­drop— such are the dream el­e­ments of the per­fect climb­ing photo. Yet real­ity rarely matches this ideal. Tak­ing pic­tures of climbers in the heat of bat­tle of­ten means they’re look­ing down at their feet, their faces sweaty and smeared in chalk, with the rock in the shade. Thus get­ting the dream im­age some­times means re- cre­at­ing the moment, hav­ing the climber pose, which to some equals a loss of au­then­tic­ity.

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