Rock Climbing Technique

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Rock Climbing Technique

Post by TradClimber » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:38 am

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Peninsular Bighorn Ram demonstrating his rock climbing technique on a near vertical cliff. The rear hooves are in the air! Photo by TradClimber on 8/6/09 in a remote area of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by yuccahead » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:10 pm

Nice photo TradClimber. How close are you from these bighorns when you're shooting?
I spied a big ram this morning on an all day hike up at Canyonlands. Big set of horns but he was a good 100 yds. from me. I could only watch through binoculars.

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by TradClimber » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:17 pm

yuccahead, thank you. - Usually 30 to 100 feet. If I'm lucky, 15 to 30. One time a big ram approach me to within 6 feet. They generally accept my presence after a while if I present myself properly. You must let them approach you. You cannot approach them. They are a better and much faster climber than myself. I go in along for 3 or 4 days at a time in mid summer and play the waiting game. I've shot more than a thousand photos of Peninsular Bighorns this year along.

Here's a close encounter from a couple years ago.
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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by TradClimber » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:54 pm

Here's another photo of the same ram from about 25-30 feet away. He was very friendly and not at all afraid of me. He stayed close to me for more than an hour.
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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by reptilist » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:13 pm

WOW!! That's Close!

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by yuccahead » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:01 am

TradClimber, those are really great photos. I have to admit to being ignorant as to the "Peninsular" designation so I did some Googling and found out they are on the federal endangered list and their habitat is shrinking as well. You're very fortunate to be able to get close to these magnificent animals.

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by TradClimber » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:26 am

Rock climbing 101
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Photo by TradClimber on 8/2/08 in a remote area of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Extreme climbing
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Photo by TradClimber on 8/2/08 in a remote area of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by pho2gr4 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:32 pm

Is there Anyone out here that can teach me how to do some real rock climbing, such as rappelling? Email me here: pho2gr4@gmail.com
Sure would be nice not to have to go down all those mountains I climb at the same slow rate I went up them....
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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by reptilist » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:04 pm

Incredible pics Trad!
You da man!

Pho2gr4....Probably some connections for that through http://www.rei.com/outdoorschool

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Re: Rock Climbing Technique

Post by lara » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:52 am

that extreme close-up is totally amazing. it appears as if you were laying down and looking up. how thrilling!

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