Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

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

Mount Hood

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A few days ago after I finished working a shift, I jumped over to Jonsrud Point in Sandy, Oregon for a sunrise that didn’t disappoint.  I finally realized after about a month working out of  the Sandy station that this spot was so close.  When I drove passed it a few weeks ago, I realized this was a go to spot for many local photographers.

 

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Sadly the snow pack this season is still thin and we are all waiting for the snow to really start building up.  Right now, Timberline  only has a 13″ base.   It seems to be the way things are going in recent decades, a trend towards dryness.  But we still do get a good few weather events each season for some quality riding.  That’s one thing I like about capturing a dynamic sunrise such as the one shown here.   It adds a bit of hope as spice to hit the day or season running.  Each day you wake up, you never truly know what’s heading your way.  After a failed attempt to capture the sunset the night before my shift started…the morning my shift ended, we ran a late call which enabled me to leave the station moments before the sky lit up with these amazing colors, vibrant and dynamic….

Just a little update….

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Been a bit busy the last few months on my other Professional front.

I’ve been working my way through American Medical Response’s Reach and Treat Academy (RAT). Along the way I’ve been carrying my camera.

The first session was class room. So, yeah no pictures. The second however, was Low Elevation Mountaineering on Mount Hood.

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The next session was High Elevation Overnight at the Triangle Moraine on Mount Hood.

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The most recent session was Land Navigation. This was fun, and just as with most things…even if you’ve been doing something for awhile there’s always things to learn.

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Just to give a few extra notes, with the intense media coverage on rescues and some notes out there about costs and such.

As I’ve learned through the recent Clackamas County contract issues and being in the RAT Academy along with being a climber since I was 15.

In a rescue there are a few elements as far as Mount Hood is concerned. Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), RAT Crew, Military (for Heli), and sometimes Mount Hood Ski Patrol on occasions.

For far as costs go…

PMR is made up of volunteers from the climbing community itself.

The RAT crew, well AMR pays the County as a private company to provide EMS and RAT services to the Clackamas County Community. Cost are paid via actual transport and billed to patient insurance or the patient.

Military, well I pay my taxes. So, the military should be there when needed. It is solid real world application of training for the crews….they aren’t under fire while completing the mission of a Mount Hood Rescue. They’ll be that much better, when they do have to conduct a rescue in a battle field.

[published from my iPhone excuse any errors]

A View of Hood

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
A view of Hood from Road 1200 near the Grouse Vista TH.

A view of Hood from Road 1200 near the Grouse Vista TH.

 

The only non-iPhone shot I got today while out on Silver Star Mountain today.    It was a chilly one, if I had more time I would have gone for a pano with the GigaPan.  Another time perhaps.

 

Excited for my webmaster to get this restructuring of my site complete.  I thank him for the work he does with the themes on this site.  We will be going with a lighter theme soon.

 

Don’t forgot to contact me directly for any prints of my photos.

 

Here’s some older photos to enjoy:

 

A shot of the North Face and Cooper Spur

A shot of the North Face and Cooper Spur

 

Eric Spence checking the goods. White River Canyon 2012/2013 Season

Eric Spence checking the goods. White River Canyon 2012/2013 Season

 

Unknown snowboarder Loveland Pass 2011

Unknown snowboarder Loveland Pass 2011

 

Mount Shuksan ~2007

Mount Shuksan ~2007

 

whoa...GigaPan 2008 Yosemite from the xRez Yosemite Extreme Pano Project

whoa…GigaPan 2008 Yosemite from the xRez Yosemite Extreme Pano Project

 

 

Mount, my first pano ever taken 2007

Mount, my first pano ever taken 2007

 

Now 2012 it got put here in the stairwell to the Raven’s Nest at Timberline Lodge:

Thank you to my Wife for clicking the shutter...however, it's a bit difficult to pre-focus at f/2.8 when you're not in the frame.  Thank you to my Grandpa for the much taller tripod!

Thank you to my Wife for clicking the shutter…however, it’s a bit difficult to pre-focus at f/2.8 when you’re not in the frame. Thank you to my Grandpa for the much taller tripod!

 

 

Well, that went to random places…..