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Over the weekend we went to outdoor climbing. This was my second time going outdoors for sport but my first time for outdoor bouldering. This was also the first trip I had done with my boyfriend and I was overall excited about what was to come. The one thing that at the top of my list was to get pictures of people as they were bouldering and doing sport climbing. I have never taken professional pictures of people doing this sport before so I figured that it would be fun to give it a try. Luckily I have some amazing friends who were more than happy to let me take pictures of them. 

For those of you who are not familiar with climbing, I will give a short explanation of each. Bouldering is a sport with no ropes and no harnesses. If you are in a gym then you have to follow the color that you choose and each one has a different level of difficulty to it. For bouldering they use a V scale so if you are doing bouldering inside or outside the scale is as follows. VB, V0, V1, V2, and so on. The higher the number then the harder the route will be. If you go outdoors there is no color to follow, just chalk. The chalk will let you know where the holds are, which route to take and it will even tell you which holds are bad. When you are doing Bouldering it literally is solving a puzzle with your own body. Its all strength, technique, and will. 


When it comes to sport climbing (or lead) you are in a harness and you have a rope attached. As you climb you have what is called Quick Draws. They have carabiners which allow you to clip into a bolt in the wall on one end and then clip your rope into the other. Down below you have what is called a belayer which is someone who literally is responsible for keeping you safe as you climb up the route. Doing Sport climbing is much harder and requires more strength, technique, will, and of course wits. Instead of going up to 10 or 16 feet you are climbing up to 30 feet to 100 ft depending on the route itself. It's dangerous and if you are not paying attention then it can result in death. For me personally, I love it more. I think there is more involved and I really enjoy the idea of going up higher than before and just enjoying the climb. Sure it's more dangerous but there is so much more you can do while you are doing sport. 


These pictures were my first attempt at taking climbing photography and I really enjoyed every second of it. I can't wait for the next trip so I can take more photos and I can practice getting more clarity. If you haven't done climbing before or even knew it was a sport you should check it out. It's really cool to watch and it's going to be in the 2020 Olympics. So get ready to see some amazing climbs and climbers compete for the top prize. 

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I just got back from an outdoor climbing trip up in Alabama. Now I have never actually stayed in Alabama. Usually, I just drive through and never look back. Mostly because Alabama is one of those states where you hear all the crazy stories. Incest, people doing all kinds of drugs, more bad places then you can count, and so on. So of course, I just drive through as quickly as I can and don't think twice. So for the first time, I actually stayed in the state itself. For us climbers its one of the closest places that you can find bouldering and sport climbing. 

The weather up there was perfect. A nice chilly 30 to 60 degrees and I loved every second of it. While we were enjoying the cold I even got to try a new kind of photography. Climbing photography. Usually, I do Landscapes, sunsets, pets, some people portraits, and my favorite star photography. But this time around I got to take pictures of my friends as they climbed. I'm really excited to edit these photos and share them with the group itself. I think that I got some good shots and I am pumped to have them be shared around and given to others. 


Not only is it good for me but it will also help my friends to remember this trip for a lifetime. I can't wait for the next trip and I can't wait to do more climbing and invest in this sport more and more. It was so much fun. So stay tuned for these photos. You may even enjoy them yourselves and want to hire me to come to take some photos for you. For now, though, enjoy some pictures I edited from a hike my boyfriend and I did before we joined the others. 

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2019-11-08 08:45 by Sarah Denninger
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While I am away I ask that you guys check out my YouTube channel. I post videos of my travels, give advice, and tell you guys what I learned while I was away. Its quite a lot of hard work but it also is a ton of fun to make these videos for you guys. I know some of you are still waiting for those videos where I talk in more detail about Iceland, what I experienced and so on but I just haven't had the chance to sit down and record. I know what I want to say but I just havent found the right time to make the videos a reality. I promise it will be soon. 

For now, to hold you all over, I ask that you guys check out my YouTube channel. Like comment, subscribe, share. Please do it all. I look forward to hearing from you guys and IU appreciate all of your support. 

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Were going away for a few days and I am super excited about it. I finally am going on an outdoor climbing trip with my friends and I couldn't be more stoked. Not only will the weather be fantastic but I will also get a chance to play with the camera and attempt to get a picture of people as they climb. I don't know how good they will turn out but I am still excited about the idea. 

While we are away I am going to do my best to keep the posts coming. Let you know about the things we did, climbing spots we visited and what I recommend you guys visit. 

For now, though I ask you all to take a look at my artwork and see if any of it piques your interest. Just click here to go check out my art gallery and see what is for sale now. 



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I'm not sure if this will be useful to anyone in any way but I discovered an easier way to get jams out of their containers. But first, let me explain. 

So, every year I do a small donation to Goodwill. I go through all my belongings and decide what I do and don't want anymore. Ninety percent of the time I end up just getting rid of clothes but every now and then I will make my way to the kitchen to see if there is anything that needs to be donated in there. Over the past few years we have attained glasses (specifically pint glasses) and we just never use all of them and we have so many that they overflow to the countertop. To try and minimize the amount of stuff we have I end up going in there and add glassware to my bag. It doesn't happen too often but it is nice to do every once in a while. 

Some times though I end up going through the fridge while I am making my rounds and more often then not I get stuck there. Usually, I find that our fridge has one or two things that are expired and as I was rummaging through I found three jams, one old pesto sauce, and some old salad dressing. Trying to figure out the best way to get the jams out without making a mess and fighting the product I thought "hmmm Maybe if I just fill it with water and let it sit, it will come apart and be easy to dump" but of course that takes time. 

Instead, I filled it up with water, put the cap back on and shook it for a few minutes. As it turns out the jam comes right out. I did this with the dressing and the pesto and it worked like a charm. It was fast, easy, and not messy. I don't know if this will help anybody, or if it is of any significance to anyone out there but I thought it was a neat little trick. Of course, I could also be late to the show and you knew this piece of information already which means, it won't help in any way but, hey I thought I would put it out there just in case. 

So if you are in need of a quick clean out then here is something that may help you get rid of those expired sauces, dressings, and jams quickly and efficiently 

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