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Rock Climbing Photo: Cruxy summit slab.
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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 8, 2009
Shot taken as I think to myself.....

"great I'm going to lose my man AND my rope!"
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 24, 2009
Why the heck is he climbing in his socks, carrying his shoes, and dragging the entire rope??! I think it's funny that the fancy magnification of his feet was taken from a different photo. This dude is obviously a rank beginner. ;-)
By Russ Walling
Feb 24, 2009
n00bs.... they never cease to amaze!
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Mar 15, 2009
hahahaha this is THE BEST!

my new hero...
By Pete Elliott
From: Co Spgs CO
Mar 21, 2009
At least they're black socks... I heard they are waaaay stickier.
By Richard Fernandez
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 10, 2010
Get real, it's just the 5.11- variation.
By Sims
From: Centennial
Nov 28, 2010
I hear the new sticky rubber socks are the bomb for slab climbing. When are you coming out with the new line?????
I saw some jay brew guy with your proto type off-with socks. Sure look to save some skin . They will be great for Vedauwoo next season.
Suz tell that Fish guy to get busy.
By bernard wolfe
From: birmingham, al
Mar 8, 2014
Appears to be trailing enough rope to rig a small suspension bridge
By Russ Walling
Dec 5, 2014
hahaha! I love it when this one pops up on the screen!
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Jan 31, 2015
Fun shot.. In the 1950's in the wet UK it was common practice for us kids to climb in our WOOL socks in the rain.One could use just socks or pull a pair over your gym shoes.. however over shoes they tended to wear out faster!. . When guiding on Whitehorse Ledge slabs in NH in the 70' and 80's caught out in rain I used to get the clients to remove their shoes and climb in their socks. Wool socks and to some extent cotton work on wet rock remarkably well .. try it sometime
By doligo
May 25, 2015
Every time I look at this photo, I discover some new awesomeness - like blue jeans and earband over the hat... And what's that blue thing hanging off your harness next to the ATC, Russ?
By Russ Walling
May 25, 2015
That blue thing is a sad home-made camera bag. Earband thing keeps the hat on in wind... collar up for sun protection.... black socks for stickyness.... Shoes off because I'm soft and my feet were killing me.... numerous rope loops because chicken heads were below.
By Rusty Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2015
lol do you mean if you fell the loops might snag on a chicken head?? Seems legit.
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Nov 18, 2015
That kind of style can't be bought...has to be earned...
By Firestone
From: California
Sep 13, 2016
Black socks they never get dirty. The longer you wear them the BLACKER THEY GET!

Reminds me of that story Peter Croft told about free soloing in a rainstorm and climbing with his knees in friction dishes with wool long johns on.
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Cruxy summit slab.

Submitted By: Russ Walling on Jan 6, 2009
On this route:
Ides of Middlemarch (5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a )
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