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Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Grieger takes in the view from 11 pitches off...
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By Tea
Oct 3, 2006 shot!
By keith laurie
Nov 4, 2006
makes me want to climb.
By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 8, 2008
BEAUTIFUL shot!!! Magazine quality. :)
By ttriche
From: Altadena, CA
Jul 8, 2008
Now that's talent -- taking a mundane stance on a slabby route and making it into an commentary on the scenery Up There. Well played! And the light from the descending sun doesn't hurt one bit.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Jul 8, 2008
Actually, the "commentary" running through Grieger's head is "HOLY COW...look at the big fire building DOWN THERE."

As an interesting historical footnote to the photo, we were eventually forced to retreat from the Needles via Quaking Aspen as the road from Johnsondale to Kernville was engulfed.
By ttriche
From: Altadena, CA
Jul 9, 2008
Was this taken around the time of the McNally fire? I was up there as the fire started spreading and my recollection is that the road from Springville/Quaking Aspen (190) was touch and go... we ended up going back to LA through California Hot Springs and Ducor. That fire was a monster -- effectively ended the season around the 4th of July in 2002, if memory serves. I hope we don't see another like it for a long, long time.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Jun 15, 2015
Oh, man. 2002? Was it that long ago?!
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Aug 22, 2015
Very nice composition, Matthew. As previously stated you took a pretty ordinary scene on a slab and staged it very well to create an extraordinary photo. Thanks.
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Matt Grieger takes in the view from 11 pitches off the deck as smoke from a rapidly building fire casts an eary glow. The Magician Needle.

Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Jul 24, 2006
On this route:
Magic Dragon (5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R )
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