What A Splattski IsIn Idaho we affectionately call it the "Splattski" out of great respect to him, the one we think may have started it. If he didn't actually establish it, well then, he certainly started the trend.
So what is a Splattski? It is a very special type of summit photo where a person in the photo has to be the one taking the shot. Good Splattskis require full single-arm extension, and if the extension is also reflected in the photographer's sunglasses in the photo, even better. If everyone in the photo is framed nicely within the shot and smiles, AND you also have other mountain summits visible in the background of your photo, then you have not just taken a Splattski, you have created a Splattski Masterpiece.
Summit conditions may impact your ability to take a perfect Splattski, but there ARE acceptable variations that can grace your photo albums for generations to come. For example, a double-arm extension Splattski. There are two methods, the single photographer method (self-explanatory), and the team method, where all photo subjects must also hold the camera in full single-arm extension. Do note though, as collectors items, team Splattskis are not as valuable as single photographer Splattskis. Teams tend to block the view of background mountains and it can be difficult to ascertain if the team is even on a summit.
With regard to arm-extension reflection, certain types of goggles reflect better than others, but the need for goggles while taking a Splattski is, in itself, impressive.
Splattskis with subjects donning supplemental oxygen masks are also highly prized, as long as the use of oxygen was actually warranted. That said, Everest Splattskis are not any more impressive than a Splattski of your 88 year-old grandma, on oxygen, on any summit.
The traditional Splattski is taken on a mountain summit. However, you should always consider taking a Splattski anywhere you are with those you love. Love of mountains, love of people...a Splattski IS really all about love.
Splattskis must be taken with regard to safety. A frostbitten Splattski subject, or taking unnecessary risks to take a Splattski, is frowned upon.
The photo accompanying this article is of, and taken by, THE Splattski (do note, arm extension, reflection, framing, mountain background, summit location, smiling subjects).
What A Splattski Is NotSo there is no confusion, a Splattski is NOT a photo taken on a mountain summit using a tripod or any other stationary object.
A Splattski is also NOT a photo on a mountain summit of a group taken by someone not in the photo.
Glasses or goggles are NOT required.
Getting personal, if you are, shall we say, gifted, with long arms, you may NOT have to use full extension in taking your Splattski, but it is highly encouraged that you do so, in keeping with tradition.
A Splattski is NOT a forged or altered work.
In SummaryThe Splattski is continually evolving and creativity is encouraged. With Splattski in the above photo, is Steve who set up the Splattski SummitPost page for everyone's Splattskis, at my suggestion.
Who am I? Well, I am NOT Splattski. I am merely a humble mountaineer inspired to spread the word. This Good News.
YOU no longer have to suffer the trauma of not having a summit photo to document your solo peaks.
YOU no longer have to be the one "taking the photo" but not be "in the photo."
YOU too, can relive your summit experience over and over again in pictures.
YOU can leave a legacy of Splattskis....
The world truly is yours. Spread the Good News.
May the Splattski be with you.