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Last Gentleman. At the belay below the crux 2nd pi...
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By Romain Wacziarg
Feb 24, 2008
Funny how those trees stick out at a diagonal angle...
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Feb 26, 2008
I do not think the camera was tilted and from my recollection the angle is actually correct in the center. The crux pitch looks vertical and it is vertical in reality. I do not have a good explanation for the trees tilted up top other than wide angle lens? Trying to force these trees be parallel with the edge of the photo would really falsify the angle of the climb to ~40 degrees.
By Patrick McCarthy
From: Columbus Ohio
Feb 26, 2008
I did not use a wide angle lens when I took this shot, trees at the top of a cliff just happen to grow out and over the edge. I'm sure you see this even around L.A. The climber (Kris) is standing vertically, and if you look closely towards the lower right of the picture, there is a pine on a ledge that is also vertical. If your insinuation is that "Last Gentlemen" is not a steep climb, all I can suggest is that you go to Vermont and give it a try!!
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison
Feb 29, 2008
Birch trees grow out on an angle on cliffs like that. My guess has always been that their is more sunlight where no other trees can get in the way.
By Romain Wacziarg
Mar 1, 2008
OK sorry for the insinuation. But look at the angle of the icicles high on the route. Somethings funky about the angle, however steep the route is... maybe because the photo is taken from the side? Not a big deal, it just struck me when I first saw the photo.
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Mar 12, 2008
You're right about the icicles. I think there might be some barrel distortion within the image, and it increases towards the right. Pat took the shot with a small p&s digital camera and these things do have a wide lens on them. Another explanation is that the camera might indeed have been tilted a bit. After all, it was hand-held, with thick gloves, instead on a tripod with a level. But then, the angles to the left seem correct to me. Oh well, not sure.
By JohnnyG
Nov 8, 2013
"The only native tree that dares to lean,
Relying on its beauty, to the air."

from A Young Birch, by Robert Frost
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Last Gentleman. At the belay below the crux 2nd pitch. Photo by Pat McCarthy.

Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Jan 31, 2008
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