Climbing… Just like any outdoor sport, climbing takes the natural, God-given environment and uses it as a fun challenge. While others driving by these rocks might see just that, an imaginative outdoor mind will see something different. All outdoor lovers do it – climbers see chalk, holds, cracks, lines; an alpinist sees a peak and ponders possible ascents; a mountain biker spots a deer trail and thinks about a tight, twisting single-track; a kayaker sees a dry river bed and pictures it full of raging water just waiting to be run. It’s part of what makes outdoor lovers the most happy people in the world. They haven’t lost the imagination that, in times past, turned red wagons into race cars, a playground into a battlefield, or a fake plastic kitchenette into a 5-star dining experience. If that’s not enough, when the climbing begins the creativity and individuality starts to come out. The goal is usually a common one – solve the bouldering “problem” to get to the end, or make it to the top. The ways we each accomplish these goals are anything but common and that’s the beauty of climbing. Friends working towards a common goal while expressing their individuality. Some are better at reaching the top or solving the problem, but it’s more of a celebration of their accomplishment than a failure of your own. You haven’t failed until you give up, and I have yet to meet a climber or any adventure lover that likes giving up. If it wasn’t a challenge would it be worth it? If it was always within your grasp or easily within reach we would never have to stretch. When we stretch ourselves we grow, and living things grow… [quote type=”center”] Make a move. [/quote] Even when you’re stuck you can rely on others and smile – remember it’s a shared goal. Get to the top and do it all over again! > Photographs by Brianne Janae MacRunnel. Check out her work at: www.briannejanaephotography.com > Accompanying Words by Dave MacRunnel. Hi, I’m Bri, the photographer. I am in love with the ocean and the mountain. I don’t like days that begin with an alarm and end in TV. For me photography is a way to express more than what is said with words. It is my freedom. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a GoPro. Lenses I used for these photos are 24 – 70 and 50mm. Hey, I’m Dave, the writer. I am in love with the photographer. 2 Responses Lauren Rains April 25, 2012 AWESOME SHOTS BRI! Did you use any kind of HDR affect on some of them? If so, did you do that on camera, or in postprocess? As always, the accompanying words create a great story behind the photos. Brianne MacRunnel April 27, 2012 Thank you Lauren! I did a sort of HDR effect in post. I wasn't sure how I felt about it but I decided to leave it, experiment, try something new and see what people thought.