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A Nighttime Stroll

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Sometimes you get it right, sometimes it’s just a bit short of the goal and sometimes it’s all just unexpected.

The Sulfuric Pano

The Sulfuric Pano

On the night of April 17, 2015 decided to walk up Mount Hood with Tim Heine and my Intuition Liners for this one, leaving my skis at home.

First quarter of the Mile I was preoccupied with the dreaded walk back from where ever our night’s walk would take us. But then conversation and time found a groove and we kept on…the pace slowed on the Palmer, with a slight increase as we walked through a foreign landscape. Strange ridges in the snow began to develop into giant spines and walls created by strange beasts shaping the land into quarter pipes and half pipes for the summer season of ski camps on the hill.

The pace remained casual, donned the crampons at the Palmer and continued up the hill….topped the Triangle Moraine, started to get the strong impact of the Sulfur Dioxide and my motivation got zapped as I recalled my 2010 Cooper Spur climb with Tom Hanlon and the post climb impact of that wonderful volcanic gas.

That nice friendly gas that combats global warming by reflecting the sun rays back to space, lined my parched throat in 2010. When I drank a glass of water at home, my first rehydration after climbing the Spur. It reformed the dry residue of sulfur dioxide into sulfuric acid and my throat shutdown. Started to have breathing problems, and I ran to the shower to attempt an idea…breathing steam. It worked, and my throat opened up again as the steam washed the sulfur away.

There I was the other night with Tim, attempting to shoot a panoramic while inhaling this gas as we were right smack downwind and getting the full effect of the sulfur dioxide. I remember saying aloud, I need to drink water. Thinking, if my throat doesn’t get parched I should avoid the buildup of the sulfur like in 2010.

Asit Rathod, through reading your stories you got me interested in writing more again….it’s not just about the photograph, but the entire experience and sharing it. The written word and the photograph combine to make that happen.

Related Stories:

Cooper Spur: Poulton Imaging

Cooper Spur: Cascade Climbers

Black Spider: Examiner (Don’t write for Examiner anymore)

My Panoramic Images: GigaPan 

Get your own Intuiton Liners: Walk in’em, Ski in’em, Climb in’em or Sleep in’em

Stories by Asit Rathod: One, Two and Three since that’s the charm as it’s said.


The Overwhelming glow of Mordor...oh wait, it's just Portland.  This is the last shot I captured on my tripod during our descent. I saw the shot, but we were on a super steep icy slope.  I looked uphill and about 20 feet in front of me there was a perfect icy bulge that would be just right for the I walked back uphill to get the shot.

The Overwhelming glow of Mordor…oh wait, it’s just Portland. This is the last shot I captured on my tripod during our descent. I saw the shot, but we were on a super steep icy slope. I looked uphill and about 20 feet in front of me there was a perfect icy bulge that would be just right for the tripod….so I walked back uphill to get the shot.                                                                                       Capture: April 18, 2015 0540 hrs 30sec f/3.5 ISO 2500 28mm

American Alpine Club

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The new American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club (AAC) has some sweet new ideas sprouting into a gold mine of new support for it’s members and non-members.  This new gauntlet runs from the “Choss Boss” photo contests  for every photographer out there to great rescue insurance.

The new member benefits for May 2011

(Note at time of publish: Some of the above links from AAC may not work)

Another cool thing the AAC is doing to connect with the climbing public.  They are showing up to  climbing events like the Zanskar Odyessy film premier that took place at the Eldorado Springs Art Center.

The AAC at the Zanskar Odyssey Premier

One the other new things the AAC is doing.  They are cutting down on surplus by only printing the American Alpine Journal (AAJ) for it’s members in the future.  This is a good thing since most the books they print end up sitting on a shelf not purchased, therefore not helping the club funding and also wasting product and time that could have been spent in a more useful manner.  Besides, the AAJ is available online after the print issue has been out.

James Peak, Colorado

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

A frozen Saint Mary's lake and the beginning of the SE slopes route to James Peak

Two unknown climbers heading up Saint Mary's Glacier enroute to James Peak

Looking South along the Continental Divide halfway to James Peak

Self Portrait on top of James Peak

James Peak Panoramic

Harmon Cave, Flatirons

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Bear Peak and the area of the Harmon Cave

The Harmon cave is located about mid-height in the foreground near the base of the two major rock buttress on the left skyline.

Bear Peak

Did a little post holing uphill to get to the cave entrance

The wind picking up near the cave

The Harmon Cave

The Harmon and Mallory caves are closed atleast until Oct 1, 2011 due to the spread of the White nose Syndrome

Quandary Peak Ski

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Jason breaking treeline

Ascending the first incline

Entering the cloud bank

Ascending the second incline....

Jason emerging from the whiteout

Breaking through the clouds

The clouds below

The summit headwall

I turned around at the location of the last image, since I didn’t feel like skiing more rocks. I already crossed four sections along the ridge. Despite this I got two core shots in my skis on the descent. However, there were three amazing minor headwalls and a great ridge run going down!