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Photos by Ben Carlson

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Photos by Ben Carlson

Interesting climbing in an interesting setting. Bolted 19th century bridge climbing in Richmond, VA. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Long reaches on a fun climb.  Cinnamon Slab, Smith Rock State Park, OR. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Long reaches on a fun climb. Cinnamon Slab, Smith Rock State Park, OR. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Camping in the City Of Rocks, ID.  © Photo by Ben Carlson

Camping in the City Of Rocks, ID. © Photo by Ben Carlson

The off-limits-to-climbing Sisters in the City of Rocks, ID. © Photo by Ben Carlson

The off-limits-to-climbing Sisters in the City of Rocks, ID. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Getting full value on Supper’s Ready 5.12.  Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Getting full value on Supper’s Ready 5.12. Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

The NOLS Sourdough Expedition descending Karsten’s Ridge on the northern flanks of Denali.  Denali National Park, AK. © Photo by Ben Carlson

The NOLS Sourdough Expedition descending Karsten’s Ridge on the northern flanks of Denali. Denali National Park, AK. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Kyle Hammond leading his first 5.10 on Exasperator in Squamish, BC. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Kyle Hammond leading his first 5.10 on Exasperator in Squamish, BC. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Matt Rees feeling major exposure from pitch 9 on Levitation 29 V5.11c, Red Rocks, NV. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Matt Rees feeling major exposure from pitch 9 on Levitation 29 V5.11c, Red Rocks, NV. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Matt Rees soloing on Buttermilk Falls WI3-4 in the Catskills, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Matt Rees soloing on Buttermilk Falls WI3-4 in the Catskills, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Michele Moffatt climbing hard in the Gallery, Red Rocks, NV. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Michele Moffatt climbing hard in the Gallery, Red Rocks, NV. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Nick Stoumpas on one the classic lines WI3 in Hell Hole, Catskills, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Nick Stoumpas on one the classic lines WI3 in Hell Hole, Catskills, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Nick Stoumpas feeling the exposure on Sky Ridge 5.8, Smith Rock State Park, OR.  © Photo by Ben Carlson

Nick Stoumpas feeling the exposure on Sky Ridge 5.8, Smith Rock State Park, OR. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Rappelling off the Grand Wall before the sun gets too hot.  Squamish, BC. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Rappelling off the Grand Wall before the sun gets too hot. Squamish, BC. © Photo by Ben Carlson

A fine backdrop to fine climbing in the Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

A fine backdrop to fine climbing in the Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Zac Hansen heading for the hospital near all that loose rock on Nurse’s Aid 5.10c, Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Zac Hansen heading for the hospital near all that loose rock on Nurse’s Aid 5.10c, Gunks, NY. © Photo by Ben Carlson

Photos by Ben Carlson

www.bencarlson.net — Based in New York City Ben works as a lighting designer for television. He began climbing at age 12, with the Boy Scouts, and started photographing climbers around the Northeast. Ben has photographed climbers all over the world and prefers a simple, tiny point-and-shoot Canon SD400 digital camera, because if its size and portability, but recently invested in a digital SLR. Ben is also a licensed rock and ice climbing guide with the state of NY. He hopes one day to make a living following his passion, photographing and documenting climbers and climbing.