Posts Tagged ‘Mount Hood’

Illumination Rock Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

 

Here’s a little edit from my trip up to the Summer Solstice Party.  Though this doesn’t tell the story of the party.  Look up Shawn Hokkanen  on Instagram for the party scene.

 

Thanks to all my sponsors who helped me get there:

My Wife for granting me the Hall Pass

Intuition Liners you always keep my feet warm and fuzzy.

 

Castle Crags Mount Hood

Monday, November 16th, 2015
On the Zigzag Glacier looking towards the Castle Crags and Crater Rock on Mount Hood.

On the Zigzag Glacier looking towards the Castle Crags and Crater Rock on Mount Hood.

 

Here is an epic photo I managed to snap after the events described in this recent Shred Hood write up click here.   I’m amazed by how peacefully deceptive this landscape can be in the ebb and flow of the mountain’s seasonal cycles.  I’ll always go back, the mountain is in my blood.

 

Here is an excellent write up The Ascending Spiral by the late Ed LaChapelle in which he throws in a quote from Whymper from 1871:  “Climb if you will but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step; and from the beginning think what might be the end.”

If you’re finding yourself needing to get a bit more knowledge on how to avoid human factor pitfalls of this ascending spiral get to Seattle’s REI on the 19th, click here to get your ticket through REI to benefit NWAC (Northwest Avalanche Center).

Here’s a short timelapse of the slide below the West Chamber of Illumination Rock.

Zig Zag Ravens

Monday, November 16th, 2015

 

Two Ravens on the way to a recent Illumination Rock attempt.  These two were an eerie foreshadowing for event to come.

Two Ravens on the way to a recent Illumination Rock attempt. These two were an eerie foreshadowing for an event to come.

 

Zigzag Ravens

On approach to the Zigzag Glacier

We were paused for a moment’s rest.

On our way to the West Chamber

A pair of ravens came near, as if by some behest.

Do they think we’re going to die?”

No, they protect us.”

They are the souls of past mountaineers.”

As I shoulder my pack

They vanished as they arrived

With a blink of an eye.

 

 

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.

Sulfur

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.

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

Version Two of the little ski segment

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

 

I put together an additional clip into the previously posted video.  A great day out on the hill with Asit, Ted and Shawn.  It was my first day meeting Shawn and Ted…you can check out the previous post by clicking  here.

The extra clip is a timelapse approach to ski film sequences.  Just wanted to see what it would look like.  I like it, maybe you will too.   I still can’t get over the fact my built in mic actually filtered out the wind for a brief moment to capture that dialogue Ted and Asit were having at Crater Rock.  The Sony A7 is an awesome little power packed camera to take on these kinds of outings…