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Williams Clough ascent using Autoscope

Extract from notes on a day testing the Autoscope with Photographer Andrew Brooks.  Images are Screenshots from VR Google perspective

“…This particular ascent provides a satisfying sense of progress for the user of the autoscope. Its steep angle means that the future terrain is more easily predicted underfoot. [As noted previously, to descend is more an act of risk or trust] The rocky unevenness is severe enough to provide a footing at without needing to be too selective. This affords a certain level of bodily autonomy. Decisions about where to place the feet and sticks, means progress, can be made relatively quickly, leaving perceptual space to appreciate and absorb the other less noticed senses. ..”

“…Nearing the end of the walk and beginning to feel more fatigued, the user became acutely aware of sensations underfoot. A heightened awareness of the awkward angle of the foot, in relation to the rock, fluidly adapting with each footstep for example. The user’s arms and hands also start to look and act, increasingly antennae-like, feeling, testing, their way between rocks to find a solid support point. The effort and strain of arm use, spreading now to the shoulders, down into the back, now feeding back to give a greater sense of the interconnected bodily effort required to manoeuvre…”

“..The distributed weight, shifting from arm to leg, balancing the weight of the camera arm above. The walking stick, upon which the user is now entirely dependent, begins to feel like a bodily extension, each probing movement a topographical investigation. Confirming, before committing. The user reported a distinct sense of smallness, feeling increasingly insectoid, bearing the weight of increasingly heavy ocular appendage above…”

See also http://antonyhall.net/blog/wanderer-above-the-sea-of-fog/

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