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Snow Cave - Illumination Rock
Fierce winds destroyed our tent the previous night. Our desire for the summit left us with no choice. We had to dig a snow cave at illumination saddle. December 4, 2011.

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MarcsoltanPhoto of The Week...

Marcsoltan

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in my book.

Great way to camp and take an incredible photo like this.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 1:16 am

lcarreauRe: i totally agree

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

It would be very much deserving - Adam really
gets around in those mountains.

Must be great to have the time to travel
around so much ..
Posted Dec 20, 2011 8:28 am

gimpilatorRe: Photo of The Week...

gimpilator

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Thanks guys. I sure appreciate the support and encouragement.

For those that are interested, here's a short video with footage of the cave and the climb.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 11:19 am

Silvia MazzaniA magic shot

Silvia Mazzani

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I also agree.
Ciao.

Silvia
Posted Dec 20, 2011 12:21 pm

gimpilatorRe: A magic shot

gimpilator

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Thank you!
-Adam
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:17 pm

Josh LewisThanks for Capturing this

Josh Lewis

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I was too worried about getting things situated during this time for photography. And of course doing the usual chasing gear in the wind and helping with the digging of the snow cave. It certainly was a beautiful moment up there.
Posted Dec 20, 2011 9:37 pm

NoonduelerAgree with all the above

Noondueler

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Reminds me of a Galen Rowell shot.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 12:17 am

gimpilatorRe: Agree with all the above

gimpilator

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I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasn't familiar with Galen Rowell. But I looked into it and I can see that he loves to capture the morning and evening lighting. My father was a professional photographer and he always called it "the magic hour". Thanks!
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:20 pm

NoonduelerRe: Agree with all the above

Noondueler

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Yeah. Galen was one of the greatest mountaineer adventure photographers with many first ascents in the Sierra and around the world.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 9:09 pm

MarmadukeReally a Sweet Photo!

Marmaduke

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Congrats!! Who's the climber? You?

Enjoyed video also.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 1:59 am

Josh LewisRe: Really a Sweet Photo!

Josh Lewis

Voted 10/10

The climber on the lower part of this photo is me. Gimpilator was the photographer, it was too windy to take a self timer photo here.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 3:30 am

MarmadukeRe: Really a Sweet Photo!

Marmaduke

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Nice Josh!! I don't think I will ever do that kind of climbing.......but who knows. Once again, very nice!!
Posted Dec 21, 2011 3:39 am

lcarreauRe: Really a Sweet Photo!

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Must have been a "wind chill" factor involved
here, to say the least ..

Was it warm inside the cave? Seems like one
hell of an adventure. You guys are GREAT!
Posted Dec 21, 2011 1:29 pm

gimpilatorRe: Really a Sweet Photo!

gimpilator

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The wind chill at night was less than pleasant. But inside the cave it was fairly warm by comparison. When we blocked the doorway it heated up to about 40 degrees.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:22 pm

Konrad SusIt looks

Konrad Sus

Voted 10/10

like little Cerro Torre.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 2:04 am

EricChuSplendid photo!

EricChu

Voted 10/10

I'm pretty sure this one is the upcoming Photo of the Week! A great shot you did, Adam! Although, I can imagine what the wind chill factor must have indeed been up there...:-)
Posted Dec 21, 2011 2:14 pm

gimpilatorRe: Splendid photo!

gimpilator

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Thanks Eric! Ever since I first saw photos of illumination saddle several years ago, I've been hoping to get the chance to camp there. It's unfortunate about the tent of course, but with $100 and the help of two different repair shops, I think it's going to be usable again.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:26 pm

Tomek LodowyIncredible spire

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

amazing moment above the clouds in front of that amazing piece of illuminated rock! superb view.

All the best for Christmas time!

Tomek Lodowy
Posted Dec 22, 2011 10:48 am

gimpilatorRe: Incredible spire

gimpilator

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Thank you Tomek! My best holday wishes go out to you as well.

Adam
Posted Dec 27, 2011 12:07 pm

gimpilatorRe: Incredible spire

gimpilator

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Thank you Tomek! My best holiday wishes go out to you as well.

Adam
Posted Dec 27, 2011 12:07 pm

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