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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Pausing to realize the greatness

This photograph captured a rock climber that paused to chalk up and take a look at the world for a new vantage point. In the middle of a climb, you are eager to get to the top, but every once in a while, there is a good spot to stop for a second to rest. Many things go through your mind when you are at the pausing point. You look for your next hand or foot hold. You dry your sweaty hands with chalk. You take a deep breath. You look at how far you have come. You look how far you have to go. You look at the view from new height.

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Date Taken: 11.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Provo, Utah, United States of America
Copyright: © Candice Plessinger