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Bruins climb for new heights

By Brandon Choe

May 16, 2013 12:00 a.m.

UCLA math professor WIll Conley carries his bouldering equipment through the trails of the San Jacinto Mountains.

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Second-year aerospace engineering student Michael Homer prepares to ascend an overhang.

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Third-year political science student Guillaume Hansel makes a difficult crossover.

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Third-year environmental science student Daniel Fong and UCLA math professor Will Conley pack up their crash pads.

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Second-year biomedical engineering student Jacquie Nguyen attempts to scale the side of a boulder.

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Fong makes his final move during a difficult climb.

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Climbers utilize chalk to enhance their grip while scaling rocks.

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For shorter climbs, the climbers set up mats in case of falling.

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Breaks are a necessity during climbs under the California sun.

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Fong reaches for his next ledge during a difficult climb later in the day.

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Ian Zemke, a graduate student in mathematics, sits under the shade during a break in between climbs.

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The sun makes a sharp shadow against the cliff during one of Fong's climbs.

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The group takes a break on top of a mound during their day long climb.

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Too much chalk can worsen a climber's grip so he or she would brush off excess during breaks.

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Fong finds himself upside down during one of his climbs.

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Conley attempts to scale one of the more difficult walls during their trip.

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The climbers enjoy the view after reaching the end of their trip.

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