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Crossing Swiftcurrent Glacier...
Crossing Swiftcurrent Glacier on the way out. Even though it's not all that steep where we crossed, it gave a couple of us (including me!) cause to reflect—for a couple seconds, anyway—on the possibility that the ice axe is quite possibly the single most important invention in the history of the human race. Photo by Vernon, July 18, 2005.


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Den Arkin Smithinteresting

Den Arkin Smith

Voted 7/10

I always enjoy pictures like this. I mean where climbers are really as small as ants on the back of something really huge. I like the tracts everywhere. Nice shot!
Posted Nov 12, 2006 2:04 pm

birdoNice picture

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I can't tell, were you guys/gals roped on this crossing? Or are there no cravasses due to lack of movement or something like that?
Posted Apr 5, 2008 2:42 am

SaintgrizzlyRe: Nice picture


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No, we weren't roped; ice axes were an absolute necessity, though—a couple of us (including me) had to do self arrests. No crevasses where we crossed; there are some higher up, but nothing like (for example) on the Harrison, Blackfoot, and Jackson glaciers in the Jackson/Blackfoot/Walton area.

Thanks for the comment; this is one time I actually had the common sense to just take the picture (something that doesn't always happen!)....
Posted Apr 5, 2008 1:32 pm

silversummitYour comments


Voted 10/10

really make this picture meaningful! Plus I love the composition of the lines; great picture!
Posted Sep 20, 2008 1:08 pm

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