THE BIG QUESTION
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.