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Lost In Penitentes
Okay, so I wasn't exactly lost. Photographed at 19,300 feet on Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world, January 7, 2011.

According to Wikipedia, Penitentes "are a snow formation found at high altitudes. They take the form of tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice closely spaced with the blades oriented towards the general direction of the sun. Penitentes can be as tall as a person."

Here are more penitentes near Everst base camp.

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gimpilatorRe: That's Cool

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Thanks Mark!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 6:35 pm

DrJonnienice self-portrait

DrJonnie

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a unique 'I was there' picture.
great idea and a great shot

cheers Johnnie
Posted Jan 27, 2011 7:17 am

gimpilatorRe: nice self-portrait

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Thanks Jonnie! There was no one around to help out so I just had to wing it and thankfully it turned out.
Posted Jan 27, 2011 6:40 pm

[X] BirdSurreal

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Cheers Berthold
Posted Jan 27, 2011 8:32 am

gimpilatorRe: Surreal

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Thanks Berthold!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 6:40 pm

butitsadryheatBadass!

butitsadryheat

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Very cool!

Thanks for sharing!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 2:17 pm

gimpilatorRe: Badass!

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Many Thanks!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 6:41 pm

EricChuRemarkable!

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Congratulations on this striking shot, Adam!
Posted Jan 27, 2011 5:13 pm

gimpilatorRe: Remarkable!

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Thanks Eric! Seeing Penitentes was one of my big hopes for this trip.
Posted Jan 27, 2011 6:42 pm

gimpilatorRe: careful there Gimp!

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Thanks. I hope we can still go for a trip together some time soon. I just need a few weeks to rest first.
Posted Jan 29, 2011 12:49 pm

gimpilatorRe: careful there Gimp!

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Good. You heal-up and I'll rest-up and then we'll be ready.
Posted Jan 29, 2011 3:16 pm

Mike LewisYa know...

Mike Lewis

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That is a pretty good profile pic!
Posted Jan 30, 2011 12:31 pm

EastKingExcellent

EastKing

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Nice job on this photo of week picture. I can't wait to read the TR!!
Posted Jan 30, 2011 8:23 pm

EastKingExcellent

EastKing

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Nice job on this photo of week picture. I can't wait to read the TR!!
Posted Jan 30, 2011 8:23 pm

JoelSkokBe careful around them

JoelSkok

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I suppose that would not be the best place to stumble and fall....I've seen "beds of nails" but those are ice spears!
Posted Feb 4, 2011 11:24 am

flomulgatorPenitentes

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Penitentes generally only grow large at lower latitudes; thus Andes, Iran, Tajikistan. They grown big under very strong sunlight with good duration, reasonably cooler temps, and a lack of fresh snow....like a long dry spell at altitude in sub-30 deg latitude.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 1:36 pm

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