Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park

This image was taken on June 12, 1998 as I left Mount Rainier and the tragic events from the previous day behind me. As I stopped that evening to reflect on what had transpired, I felt sadness but also awareness. It was only two years prior when the tragedy on Mount Everest had taken the lives of many people, so perhaps I should have known better. With both tragedies on my mind, the reasons became clearer.
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When in a large climbing group, I think hubris takes control and your decision making is weaker. I certainly count myself as one of the lucky ones, so I’d be naive not to learn something. There I was in a large climbing group and at the mercy of the expedition leaders. I was a mere follower. Furthermore, the conditions were perfect for an avalanche with 12″ of fresh snow the night before and temps that day reaching almost 70F. Combine that with a 30 degree slope and an avalanche is practically inevitable. Therefore, the main lesson I learned was to be in a smaller climbing party. I have to be able to make my own decisions and control my own actions, especially in dangerous situations.
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This was shot with a Minolta X-370 35mm camera on Fuji Velvia 50.
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