Happy to say that two of my photographs were published in the 2007 8a Yearbook. Both were small shots to go along with the rankings but it was still cool to see my shots on a piece of paper. This is the second time a piece of mine has been printed, after a shot of a friend on The Swarm ran in a USA Climbing magazine distributed with Urban Climber. Almost a cool was seeing 8a is at least realizing how silly its whole basis is. There are a few places were quotes like "Parental Advisory: points may kill the fun in climbing" and "Just remember that all the lists and rankings are only one way of viewing things. Keep in mind that climbing is for fun! However, if you lie or over grade in your scorecard we might just have to kill you." I look forward to the day when the points, bold and italics writing, and value statements like "Brave and humble downgrader" are no longer found on 8a but rather a online community of climbers looking to share. If 8a was able to become more of a global online guidebook and forum I would see a much greater value to the site. For now its a nice place to read the news.
One of the two shots published. Simon Benkert sends Silverback (V10 or 11)