Rock Climbing in Richmond - #showcase-sunday by derangedvisions

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Rock Climbing in Richmond - #showcase-sunday
<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-59.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWbwtNXUs3MePPKnp8gsLtb8STR61xuXt8LtdBAcBKrDc/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-59.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWbwtNXUs3MePPKnp8gsLtb8STR61xuXt8LtdBAcBKrDc/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-59.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


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Two years ago when I was traveling for my Civil War book, we stopped in Richmond. While we were there, we took some time to go exploring and I came across a group of rock climbers. I took some pictures of them and I have even kept in touch with them on Instagram since then. It was my first time taking any pictures like this and it was a pretty cool experience. I wanted to share this post again with you all for #showcase-sunday. I hope that you enjoy it. 

## <center>Canal over the James River</center>

<center>![pageBreak.png](https://img.whaleshares.io/wls-img/derangedvisions/6be999e5186e6b2fb4ea41fd6aac09da4bdade6f.png)</center>

While we were in Richmond, we visited the Tredegar Iron Works. The majority of the artillery of the Confederate Army was produced here along with the iron plating for the CSS Virginia, which was the first Confederate Ironclad warship.


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-35.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmR78WJ6oX8KnUaAKMTq3mHTWAiyKtwDeJp8NmCgZvJbnd/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-35.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmR78WJ6oX8KnUaAKMTq3mHTWAiyKtwDeJp8NmCgZvJbnd/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-35.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


But that is not what this post is about. This is about me crossing over the James River and seeing turtles sunbathing on a log.


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-134.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmRJuW8RdKo1ukcYd9bwD24AFuLizKobrR2EU9AmchrvC7/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-134.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmRJuW8RdKo1ukcYd9bwD24AFuLizKobrR2EU9AmchrvC7/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-134.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


After I saw the turtles sunbathing though, I saw a huge wall with people gearing up to climb it. I haven't taken any sports shots in a while, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to hang out and get some pretty cool pictures.


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-10.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmciYgvg4Ud8CbQsuiSPU9DQmvoVYbqsoxn4KwFCikqHPb/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-10.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmciYgvg4Ud8CbQsuiSPU9DQmvoVYbqsoxn4KwFCikqHPb/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-10.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


Don't worry, he isn't picking a wedgie out of his butt crack, he is just getting chalk on his hands so he can get a better grip on the wall as he climbs. 


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-11.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmfQtAqYHviV3YFmat5o3AooCm3J5WUvg1nnXTEi4CCYaT/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-11.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmfQtAqYHviV3YFmat5o3AooCm3J5WUvg1nnXTEi4CCYaT/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-11.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


He started to make short work of the wall and scurried up it like a real life Spiderman. 


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-126.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVPtHVk1E6DHvxPcKv2PZhcaLK4ESyWYwmRfky6KoUUfU/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-126.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVPtHVk1E6DHvxPcKv2PZhcaLK4ESyWYwmRfky6KoUUfU/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-126.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


After going spread eagle on that last shot, I could have sworn he was picking a wedgie this time, but when I was checking the pictures, he was just getting more chalk on his hands. I don't know how they wear those harnesses without getting massive wedgies.


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-127.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWdRiQ2UJxSNZQpMjGdUP38mnLBdhMtGWGQNStPv6qNup/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-127.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWdRiQ2UJxSNZQpMjGdUP38mnLBdhMtGWGQNStPv6qNup/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-127.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


As he started getting higher and close to this ledge, I thought it would be a cool picture to get really far away to show the scale of the wall, so I turned around and started running back. I had on my 100mm lens for this entire shoot, so I had to get pretty far back for this shot to be able to show all of this wall. It kind of sucked because I stepped in a little bit of a swampy area, so my shoes were wet for the rest of the day. At least I got the shot.


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-46.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmPRGC7qdSuDGzX6QdcMidJ1Vp8y69HKCVjZSFAtkxF8sw/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-46.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmPRGC7qdSuDGzX6QdcMidJ1Vp8y69HKCVjZSFAtkxF8sw/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-46.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


Then after I got that shot, I ran back up to the wall and got pretty much underneath him so he was kicked dust and other crap down at me. I think he was looking down and laughing at me while he was kicking stuff at me. 


<center>[![wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-101.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZk51aj8jDLUsh7QBBhYkBLZYgXKPEajLzSrj9ci1vv2B/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-101.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZk51aj8jDLUsh7QBBhYkBLZYgXKPEajLzSrj9ci1vv2B/wwest180528_Civil_War_Trip-101.jpg)</center>
<center><sup>Photo taken by me @derangedvisions</sup></center>


In all seriousness though, rock climbing takes some amazing strength and skill. I tried rock climbing with my brother a while ago and it scared the crap out of me. I do not like heights at all, and when I had to repel back over the ledge, it took me about 30 minutes to do it and I ended up sliding back on my stomach over the edge.


Thank you for taking the time to check out my pictures and read the story about the rock climbers. 

#### <center>You are awesome</center>

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@wwwiebe ·
I went rock climbing a few weeks back at an indoor gym. I also do not like heights, and I kept needing to remind myself that the harness was there just in case. It was pretty fun, and I'd like to go back. These guys, though, they're hardcore. Good for them.
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I used to love going rock climbing at the gym here. I wish I could still go. It is such an awesome workout. These guys are the real deal though. They travel all over and climb all the cool spots. 
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