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RUNNER-UP: Rock Climbing Near Pisgah
Presenting the second round of our Action Photography Contest, judged by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
Photo: Rock climbing near Pisgah
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I took this photo of my friend Matt Childers climbing Stack Rock off the Blue Ridge Parkway during one of the hottest days of the summer. This route, Black Attack (5.12c), is on the flanks of Grandfather Mountain, near North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. It's one of many crags under the canopy surrounding the mountain town of Boone.  I was standing on a footbridge above a raging creek when I took this shot. This is the typical landscape around the town of Boone. In the summer, you can't see the cliffs until you're right up on them.
—Lynn Willis, 36
Art Director and Climbing Guide
Boone, North Carolina

Judge's Remarks:
I am a climber, and I like this photo. The position of the climber shows that Lynn waited for the right moment to take this shot. The tree branches guide your eye right to the climber. The wide tree trunk to the right balances the composition. The bright sky in the background is a bit distracting, but when I first looked at this photo I wanted to be there: The place looks like a climber's
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

Willis guides for Rock Dimensions
(, a guide service in Boone, which operates out of Footsloggers (, the only climbing shop in town. There is no guidebook for the area, but beta can be found at ( or ( Price Park Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 297) is closest to the majority of the climbing. There are also free sites in the Pisgah National Forest, many positioned right beside cold mountain streams. Fall's cool temperatures, minimal bugs, and beautiful foliage make it the best season to climb.

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