Mt. Rainier

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Instagram | No Comments
Mt. Rainier

When I shot this photo on June 11, 1998, little did any of us know what tragedy lay ahead.
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I photographed this sunrise while on a climbing trip up Mt. Rainier. After hiking for several hours in the dark, my climbing partners and I rested on the slopes of Ingraham Glacier to watch the sunrise before continuing up Disappointment Cleaver and eventually reaching the summit. We still had a very long day ahead of us, and our spirits were high. But later that afternoon, our excitement was crushed because an avalanche struck right in front of me as we began our descent down Disappointment Cleaver. We didn’t know all the details yet, but two rope teams were swept off the mountain and dangled helplessly over the cliffs edge until rescue arrived. Although we wanted to help, our position prevented us, so we left it to the professionals. Over the span of eight hours or so, we waited and watched as several helicopters and many rescue personnel worked tirelessly into the night. Eventually, we learned seven people were injured and one person died. It was a sad day on the mountain, and I’m always reminded of this tragedy whenever I look at images from this trip.
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This was shot with a Minolta X-370 35mm camera on Fuji Velvia 50.
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