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August 17, 2008

Bouldering at the Shrine in Gatineau Park

Filed under: nature — saphoto @ 11:42 pm
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This week-end I took up an offer from my friend Pascal to go climbing in Gatineau Park. We went bouldering to be more precise. For those unfamiliar with this style of climbing, it involves climbing low-altitude rocks without the use of ropes. The climbs are short, and therefore a fall would not result in injury. A protective mattress is required..

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The mat in question is folded and carried like a backpack, in which baggage can be inserted.

All you need is a pair of climbing shoes, a chalk bag and a crash pad:

A dog is optional :)

Meet Pascal Simard, a very talented climber.

…also known for making funny faces while climbing.

He makes it look very easy…

But it’s not.

You have to be very strong and agile.



Reaching the top.

A tickle from the tree!

There are a lot of movements in climbing that are not natural to the body. You have to learn to pull and push from all extremities.

Pascal showing me what I should be doing.

Yours truly trying the same.

Somehow I don’t look as comfortable…

Me wondering how the heck I’m supposed to go any further!

Pascal, his best friend, and my best friend (the camera!).

As a photographer, I tend to do a lot of climbing and acrobatic positioning to get the shot so I thought climbing would be easy. It’s not. With little experience, it’s hard to feel safe no matter how close to the ground you are.

Again, not easy as it looks to hang on to these grips.

A couple of shots of trees.

A hint of difficulty.

One of my goals from this excursion was to take pictures using a second flash as another source of light. Here Pascal is helping me set-up the flash on top of the rock he will be climbing.

Bouldering is truly a style of climbing emphasizing power, strength, and dynamics.

You rest where you can when you’re climbing…

But there is light at the end of the tunnel!

This was a lot of fun. I will certainly give it a try again. Lots of photo opportunity.. but not easy. I gained a lot interest in climbing, but also a lot of respect for climbers.

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  1. Elles sont magnifiques, tes photos, Sébastien !
    Et avec Joe Cool comme modèle, difficile de faire autrement ! ;-)
    Ça fait longtemps, j’espère que tu vas bien.

    Comment by Natalie E — December 2, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  2. Très inspirant…

    Comment by Mylène — December 6, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  3. Is that by any chance Pascal Simard who grew up in Candiac in Quebec?

    Comment by Genevieve — March 9, 2011 @ 7:03 am

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