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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

Mount Hood

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


On March 19, 2010 Tom Hanlon and I went for a little adventure around the Eastside of Mount Hood.  I took the above image from our bivy on the Southside at the start of our journey.  The next day we woke up at 0300 and got moving by 0430 to circumnavigate around to the Black Spider area above the Mount Hood Meadows ski area on the Northeast corner of the mountain.  We went up towards the base of the Steel Cliffs seen in the photo below at the right edge of the image.


Then we wrapped around and up onto the ridge line that continues out of frame to the right in the above image.  From there we continued on a generally level contour to the Black Spider area of Mount Hood’s East face as seen in the image below.


The day I took this image of the Black Spider the ice line above the snow bowl just left of center was unclimbed.  The following day two climbers tagged this wonderful line and named it Fric Amos.  Tom and I continued around to the Cooper Spur and finished with a climb to the top at 1209 on 3/19/2010.

For the trip report on Cascade for the journey Tom and I took click here.

Mount Hood

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


Took this shot yesterday from near treeline on Mount Hood’s Northside. Ran into some AT skiers enjoying the fresh in the trees.

Sentinel Dome Pano Yosemite Valley

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Here’s a small version of my hand held pano from Sentinel Dome. I took this during our Gigapan practice day in the Valley. This one was taken with a 50mm on my Canon 30D. Galleries soon to come….for the portfolio section. Please click on the image for a larger version.