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Photo Gallery: 16 Try-Hard Faces

Re-Gram: 16 Try-Hard Faces, Submitted by Our Readers

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Andy Wickstrom

Lee Smith, Kaleidoscope (5.13c), Driveby Crag, Red River Gorge,Kentucky 

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Savanna Deger
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Dorian Demdoum

Here is my try-hard face! 

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Brenna Foley

Plate Tectonics (5.10a) at the Red—my first 5.10a on lead outside!

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Rebecca Cassel

Trying hard on the hangboard during quarantine.

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J. Miniard
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Teagan Maddux

Lauren Abernathy’s try-hard face.

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Bennett Slavsky

This was taken after probably five attempts at pulling the crux move on Vertigo (5.11) in Eldo. Finally grabbed onto a decent hold and was both psyched and furious.

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Lindsey Johnson

Here is my try-hard face! Chalk smears on cheeks and all!

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Bryan Friesen

I took this photo of my buddy Shepard Urbahn trying hard on Room to Shroom during our Joshua Tree trip back in January. It cracks me up every time I look at it!

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Danielle Pipes

Noah Ashley on Don’t Break It (5.11d), Marne Road Wall, Ohio. Might be some of the only overhang in Ohio. 

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Klifurfélag ÍA Klif-A

A nice one at my local crag in Akranes, Iceland: Skagaslátrarinn (7b).

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Elizabeth Regan
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Adam B-V

Here’s a funny photo of my try-hard face while bouldering at Peggy’s Cove!

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Phillip Watts

Here is a try-hard-face photo of me climbing steep crimpers at my local namesake crag, Phil’s Hill, in Marquette, Michigan. 

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Sjoerd Busker

Try-hard face when sending Legalize This at Roche aux Sabots in Fontainebleau, France.

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This issue, we put out a call for your best “try-hard-face” photos—shots of you climbing at some tense or crux moment, giving it your all. Our winning photo was of Lee Smith bearing down on Kaleidoscope (5.13c) at the Drive-By Crag in the Red River Gorge. For his shot of Lee, Andy Wickstrom won a pair of Upshot Belay Glasses from Metolius Climbing.