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Free soloing high on Salathe
© markalmack, Oct 2010
Climbers: Mark Almack
Camera used: lumix DMC-TZ15
Date taken: 13th October 2010
VOTING: from 103 votes
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Ropeboy - 16/Oct/10
This is a fantastic shot, great angle!
Duncan_Andison - 17/Oct/10
instant sweaty hands...
Fidmark - 17/Oct/10
it looks a little washed out, but you get without a doubt a 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
peteblair - 18/Oct/10
Can you get him to go back and do it again but wearing some colourful gear for the camera.
Sean Kelly - 18/Oct/10
I don't have the balls :( even if it is only VS
Quarryboy - 18/Oct/10
Sorry my mate took the photo and had my camera on the wrong setting. Won't be back up there this year, but will bring a nice shirt for next time.
That pitch I'm on is 11.c which is about E4
markalmack - 19/Oct/10
you soloing 11c now fella? crazy basterd
david morse - 21/Oct/10
hahaha You've manage to cover up those cams you pulled on pretty well. Dick!
jamesmarjot - 25/Oct/10
I can't believe no-one's trundled those boulders yet!!!
Toerag - 31/Oct/10
I am getting that sick/nervous feeling in my stomach just looking at this picture.
Got f***ing balls dude
grubes - 05/Nov/10
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UKC Photos - 07/Nov/10
Dick Barton never had a case like this. 'LBinkin' heck. Those trees look lovely and the whole thing is beyond madness, enchanting to believe but far far from home for me currently. You have to be climbing well to gain such beautiful opportunities and this one lasts for a while obviously. Well done.
BrainoverBrawn - 07/Nov/10
Mate. You're off your nut. Why???
liamlonsdale - 07/Nov/10
Super crazy
Abu777 - 07/Nov/10
rubbish photo, but amazing situation.
Blinder - 08/Nov/10
Well I think it's a great photo! Don't quite understand the logic involved though; I mean this isn't a free solo of Salathe is it? Why solo part of a route? (I'm not being funny, I just don't get it!)
Mr Plow - 08/Nov/10
Don't want to belittle someones achievement if this shot is real, but it looks remarkably like a photoshop chop job to me - and not a particuarly good one either. One guys head pasted onto a shot of someone else soloing the route. The relationship between the chin and adams-apple is completely wrong, although there is reasonable continuity between shadows. The thing that most confuses me is that so many people have brought into it. Are my eyes playing tricks on me?!
lrandall - 08/Nov/10
in reply to lrandall:
its real dude. i just have a large adams apple. did you think my half dome photo was fake too?
markalmack - 09/Nov/10
No mate, nothing suspicious jumped out at me about 'Copying Alex' but even in the thumbnail of this image the head immediately seemed to be pasted onto a background image.
Sorry for any offense I might have caused and cheers for not jumping down my throat calling me bitter, jealous or what ever - which simply isn't the case (well not of your ability, certainly jealous of your being out there! :) ).
lrandall - 09/Nov/10
Is this just posed? can't work out whether you have just stepped off the ledge below, done amove or so and posed for the camera? if not then good effort!
Duncan Campbell - 12/Nov/10
I just wish all the 'yes but...' whingers would shut up
jtree03 - 12/Nov/10
Sry, why do you show us only one Photo of the solo in your Gallery? There's something the matter with...
But, nice Poto
Thobin - 13/Nov/10
Hi Mark,
Would it be possible for you to add a few comments on your climb? How much did you solo? How did you place the camera and take the photo? Which goes for Half Dome as well!
Michael Hjorth - 13/Nov/10
just looking at this im sweating! awesome photo and nutty climber lol!
minirollsrule - 12/Jan/11
are you high? you are one crazy fool. good picture though :P
crazy_horse98 - 19/Jan/11
Excellent snap Marky boy and one I hope your mum hasn't seen. For those of you who don't know Mark, the suggestion that this is in any way staged or fake is just insulting. If I was that high up mate, my balls would be in my throat too. Love the snaps kid - stay safe..
Davie Thomson - 16/May/11
Amazing stuff, I trust you dont waste your finances on long term investments!
Ouncepounce - 03/Aug/12
Great pic, but in need of massive colour correction. I'd argue that this is a 'slight improvement' :)
Gordon Stainforth - 28/Aug/18
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