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Summiting a Volcano
Summiting a Volcano

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: Mt. Baker, Washington
Date: Sep 20, 2008
Aperture: F11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Sports, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2008

This was my first attempt up Mt. Baker in Washington State. This shot was taken just below the edge of the crater (see steam and sulfur rising in gap behind us) as we crossed a large crevasse and before the start of the final push up the Roman Wall to the summit. About 700 vertical feet short of the summit, despite what it appears here, weather moved in from below us and we had to retreat back to base camp. We hope to try again using a different route next season.

Post Vote:
A new photo for my front page! Thanks to those who took the time to vote and to those who went even further and commented. I know I complained a bit in the FS thread about my score steadily dropping from a personal best (and a 7.3 no less!) after something like 50 votes but even with not making the 7.0 mark it is still great to have a new front pager.

For those interested in seeing more of the climb:
Smugmug Climb Portfolio

Place: 21 out of 430
Avg (all users): 6.7143
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6574
Avg (non-participants): 6.8478
Views since voting: 1645
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 154
Comments: 14
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/21/2009 01:48:15 AM
I just read all about this trek, sounds like quite an adventure, and something I would love to take part in one day. Shame you were so close to the summit and had to turn back that is just the way things work sometimes. You still came back with great pictures and you made it most of the way, so I'd call it a success :D
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06/04/2009 04:28:00 AM
Quite the image, JB! Looks like an amazing adventure.
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12/29/2008 12:55:01 PM
Very good lines and angle. Wonderful adventure. What's next, Rainier?
A hiker myself, but not much in the love for snow. :)
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10/20/2008 04:24:30 AM
THAT is so amazing...
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10/08/2008 01:24:07 AM
Great shot JB. You've really raised your game this year! Keep up the great work!
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10/08/2008 12:14:48 AM
Very nice shot. Good luck next time!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2008 02:31:43 AM
Not sure which volcano this might be, but it doesn't matter. You have managed to capture very well the ascetic of climbing and the accidental beauty of a climb that will occasionally knock your eyes out! Thank you.
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10/05/2008 03:24:47 PM
That is impressive.
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10/05/2008 01:45:04 PM
One of the 2 favorites I have in this callenge. taking a hsot like this under this conditions - congratulations. 10, came back to comment
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10/05/2008 02:05:47 AM
a chilly volcano! this looks like some serious fun though.
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10/03/2008 05:38:12 PM
Really gives an impression of the achievement and I really like the composition, the wonderful vivid blue of the sky and the few bright items in their clothing and bags.
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10/02/2008 05:55:34 PM
good image.
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10/01/2008 05:46:59 AM
simply beautiful! the people give perspective, scale and strengh to the picture. are these sulfuric hot spots in the background?
9 and fav
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10/01/2008 12:38:38 AM
Wow, brilliant shot. The textures and patterns are all clearly visible in the white snow, well done.
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