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Rock Climbing in Richmond, Virginia

derangedvisions3 months ago3 min read


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Canal over the James River


When I was on my Civil War trip over the summer, I was in Richmond, Virginia, and I visited the Tredegar Iron Works. The majority of the artillery of the Confederate Army was produced here along with the iron plating for the CSS Virginia, which was the first Confederate Ironclad warship.


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But that is not what this post is about. This is about me crossing over the James River and seeing turtles sunbathing on a log.


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After I saw the turtles sunbathing though, I saw a huge wall with people gearing up to climb it. I haven't taken any sports shots in a while, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to hang out and get some pretty cool pictures.


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Don't worry, he isn't picking a wedgie out of his butt crack, he is just getting chalk on his hands so he can get a better grip on the wall as he climbs.


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He started to make short work of the wall and scurried up it like a real life Spiderman.


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After going spread eagle on that last shot, I could have sworn he was picking a wedgie this time, but when I was checking the pictures, he was just getting more chalk on his hands. I don't know how they wear those harnesses without getting massive wedgies.


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As he started getting higher and close to this ledge, I thought it would be a cool picture to get really far away to show the scale of the wall, so I turned around and started running back. I had on my 100mm lens for this entire shoot, so I had to get pretty far back for this shot to be able to show all of this wall. It kind of sucked because I stepped in a little bit of a swampy area, so my shoes were wet for the rest of the day. At least I got the shot.


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Then after I got that shot, I ran back up to the wall and got pretty much underneath him so he was kicked dust and other crap down at me. I think he was looking down and laughing at me while he was kicking stuff at me.


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In all seriousness though, rock climbing takes some amazing strength and skill. I tried rock climbing with my brother a while ago and it scared the crap out of me. I do not like heights at all, and when I had to repel back over the ledge, it took me about 30 minutes to do it and I ended up sliding back on my stomach over the edge.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my pictures and read the story about the rock climbers. You are awesome.



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