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RUNNER-UP: Climbing West Virginia's Leaf Country
Presenting our first Action Photography Contest winners, selected by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
Photo: Rock climbing in West Virginia
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One fall afternoon my husband, Roberto, and I decided to take pictures of the leaves at Blackwater Falls, a beautiful state park with many overlooks, waterfalls, and foot trails. We took a 1.2-mile (2- kilometer) path called Lindy Point to an  overlook that was highly recommended by locals. We were pleasantly surprised by a 15-meter (49-foot) rock formation below the overlook. My husband ran back to the Jeep for his climbing shoes and then soloed these rocks with ease.
—Reader Michele Lynn McNickle, 29
ESL Spanish Teacher
Davis, West Virginia

DIY: Blackwater Falls State Park has a variety of activities, including mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, bouldering, and rafting. You can get more information from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures (

Judge's Remarks:
This photo captures the fun and freedom of rock climbing. The fall colors and the unique rock tower were a nice choice of location.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

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