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Every so often Chockstone selects a recent picture taken by our members to be awarded the illustrious distinction of appearing in the "Photo Gallery". All photos are most welcome. Email Chockstone or leave feedback on the forum to send in contributions or to nominate a picture.

**** Touchstone Pictures By Steve Toal  11/21/2017
Touchstone Pictures   
Charlotte Durif (France) sending Touchstone Pictures ***28, Bundaleer.

Fabulous. But what's wrong with that draw? 🤔 - Doug

Didn't see why she didn't clip it, she was already above that point when we arrived. - gfdonc

Maybe stick-clipped the high second draw? - MichaelOR

Maybe she top-roped from the 2nd draw = invalid ascent... it's not exactly a draw you can skip on lead. - Goshen

Stick-clipping is top-toping .. - gfdonc

Corner to the left looks awesome. What is it? - robbio

It's Blimp!! - gfdonc

Nice overall shot and including Blimp adds to the flavour. Looks like a lefty set the draws for a right handed climber on it , because there are others twisting after clipping too? - gnaguts

Oops, I must be overdue for a Grampians visit, I don't even recognise even the most memorable climbs anymore... - robbio

I like the photo because of the sense of scale re climb / climber that it shows. The oxide colour-stain rock feature draws my eyes to the climber and simultaneously it with the grey-black wall beside it, book-end with Blimp corner the action contained within. A natural sort of framing of the subject! The unclipped quickdraw adds interest though not enough for me to offset the lack of belayer within the shot. Thanks for keeping up the ever changing gallery photos with your contributions Steve. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

*** Where's the Gardener By Christian Lavery  10/13/2017
Where's the Gardener   
A drone image of Goshen Watts on Where's the Gardener (18), Simpson's Gap, Alice Springs.

5 starz for fantasmagorical colors, minus 4 starz for it bein hard to spot tha chameleon , err climba , on tha climb. - gnaguts

Amazing photo, great colours, stunning rock features. Minus a star because the climber feels like the least interesting part of the photo :( ... and the belayer looks thoroughly bored. - martym

Nice work Goshen - Mig

They belayer isn't bored. He is recovering from leg injuries, and the walk-up is on rather steep scree. At least he's not on his phone, unlike some belayers... ;-) - Goshen

I find it quite interesting seeing drone pics (still very much a novelty to me) due the angles they can achieve. This one is great inasmuch as both climber and belayer are within the frame. As mentioned above, the scale of the scene and clothing colour makes it hard to see the climber, though the clothing colour of the belayer makes him stand out more, which is good... I don't know if the colours are enhanced by Canon in-camera-software settings or not, but they are certainly vivid to the point of being surreal. As I've kind of set up for discussion on the 'critique' thread (General Discussion topic on Forum), the lack of protection (depending what the first 3 pieces are as placed by climber), between first pro and belayer, is a potential concern for upward loading in the unfortunate event of a climber fall, though this might be trivial (in this instance) depending further feedback on that thread. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

*** Little Desert By Steve Toal  8/24/2017
Little Desert   
Stew Donn sussing out the next sandy sloper on Little Desert, 14, Bundaleer.

Good one bro, but climber would be easier to see if not being a chameleon on the rock. - Duang Daunk

Nice shot Steve. Highlights the difficulties really well. - MichaelOR

The 'submit image' link is broken? Is there a new email address? - Goshen

Fabulous-looking route. - Doug

Yes slopey and worth a star in my version of the written record. Re: camo colours, it's hard to get good models these days .. 'specially when they're pro photographers. - gfdonc

Nice photo! It reinforces my theory that Bundaleer was a chossy piece of Mt Keira that fell off and got transported to Victarctica in a freak geological incident. - pmonks

Climba iz tryin 2 turn a Gd 14 in2 a Gd 18 by not follow tha obvius line. 1 star unless e rockDova on2 is right foot an then went str8 up. An in tha futcha olly iz all confuzD about it in genral. . - gnaguts

I think I've either been to the wrong Mt Kiera or the wrong Bundaleer. - Olbert

An interesting shot, and good to see a variety of easier grade, fun looking, trad climbs making it to gallery (thanks Steve), as I suspect that they are inspirational to many to search for them (and similar climbs), out. Oh, and to finish my critique; I would've given more stars if I could see a belayer, and I agree with the 'camo' comment above. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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