Climbing in the Garden of the...

Climbing in the Garden of the...

Climbing in the Garden of the Gods.
Sorry, I know neither the free-solo climber, nor the route!
on Aug 14, 2005 7:47 pm
Image ID: 120318


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Ed F

Ed F - Aug 14, 2005 10:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Great shot

This is an excellent shot, Nelson. I can't figure out what route it is either... Love the shadow and light.


Nelson - Aug 15, 2005 11:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot

Thanks it was late afternoon and the setting sun was turning the rocks vivid red. This guy was soloing this intimidating route, which drew a crowd to watch his progress.

Rob A

Rob A - Aug 25, 2005 6:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot

I wonder how much pressure a crowd watching adds to free soloing. Great shot BTW.

Later, Rob


paulbalegend - Apr 28, 2009 2:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great shot

a lot, i bet. and that's not necessarily a bad thing!


rpc - Aug 18, 2005 7:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Rock & Ice Cover Shot?

DAMN! Awsome shot Nelson!!


Nelson - Aug 19, 2005 1:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Rock & Ice Cover Shot?

Thanks very much Radek!


Velebit - Aug 20, 2005 5:11 pm - Voted 10/10


What a great shot Nelson! Fantastic contrast between shadow and dark and the color, doesn't matter where or who is on it! ;-)

Kenzo Okawa

Kenzo Okawa - Aug 21, 2005 12:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Exciting and beautiful!!!

I feel avant-garde art from the photo. It is great!


Nelson - Aug 21, 2005 2:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Exciting and beautiful!!!

Thanks very much Kenzo. The most valued praise comes from the master. Today is my birthday so this is a nice present. (Yes, I did change the age on my SP profile page!)

Photo note: it was fantastic evening light. I put on a 85-200mm zoom lens and tried a few different settings and compositions before choosing on this one. I thought those towers in the lower left corner were good to include in the frame. Thanks again.

Rick B

Rick B - Aug 21, 2005 2:28 pm - Hasn't voted

My god!

This guy must have a great insurance...


Misha - Aug 23, 2005 6:58 pm - Hasn't voted


Nelson, this is a stellar climbing shot. It delivers the dynamics and solitude, which is what I'd associate with free soloing. I'd love to get a print of this. Maybe we can trade? :)

P.S. Happy belated birthday!


Nelson - Aug 24, 2005 11:20 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Thanks very much Misha, I'm sure we can work out a trade! I need a better scanner and printer first, though...

P.S. How did you know? Is there a way to monitor when SP members update the age on their profile? :)


Misha - Aug 24, 2005 2:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Sure, just let me know. I print my stuff through right now, using their Kodak Endura Metallic paper. It turns out great. Pick a photo of mine that you'd like printed and the size... You can see a better collection of my shots here:

As for your birthday, the answer is much more simple. Scroll down to your reply to Kenzo :)


Nelson - Aug 24, 2005 10:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

I just took the tour. Looks very nice and great prices. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll continue this in an E-mail to you in a day or so. My scanner may not deliver the quality required for a larger size print. But, I'll be happy to do a swap with you!

Regarding my reply to Kenzo, see what happens at this age. Memory is the second thing to go!

John Climber

John Climber - Aug 30, 2005 5:40 pm - Hasn't voted

5 stars shot!!

Nelson, What a shot !! You come to the level of the professionals with such an image. Good light, good moment, super composition, lines are just going to the right direction and, indeed, the small rocks left under gave depth to the picture...

Do the guys of the big climbing equipment brands know about this picture?

And the guys of the SP, when are you going to create the 5 stars rate? This shot goes over the 4 stars!


Nelson - Aug 31, 2005 1:27 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 5 stars shot!!

Thanks very much John! I really appreciate the compliment. I love diagonal lines and that shadow completely caught my attention. It was a lucky moment.

I've thought that a good photo comes from 50% being in the right place at the right time, and 50% knowing that you are in the right place at the right time. In this case it clicked.


alkiskond - Sep 8, 2005 7:53 am - Voted 10/10

Congratulations !!

its a picture to put it on the desktop of my computer-monitor !! Very nice !!!


Nelson - Sep 8, 2005 2:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations !!

Thanks very much! If you really do want it on your computer let me know what size your screen resolution is, and I'll be happy to E-mail mail you a larger image.


Andinistaloco - Sep 9, 2005 10:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Here are your four stars -

and I hope that even if you DO know who it was, you don't say. For - as I was told by a friendly ranger, after getting caught myself - soloing is punishable by a hefty fine in the Garden!

Or at least it used to be....

Great shot!


Nelson - Sep 10, 2005 11:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Here are your four stars -

Thanks for the vote and comments. Presumably you avoided the fine, and I feel safe in assuming this guy did not have to worry much about pursuit, only the return to earth!

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