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What A Splattski Is

In 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 Not

So 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 Summary

The 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.

Take Splattskis.

Upload Splattskis.

May the Splattski be with you.

 
Margoski
 

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Deltaoperator17Re: Tips

Deltaoperator17

Voted 10/10

No, that would be a "kam6alsoski", LOL
Posted Nov 3, 2009 12:38 am

MlaskyRe: Tips

Mlasky

Hasn't voted

great idea. I'm so stealing that thank! did you post your splattski yet?
Posted Nov 4, 2009 1:04 am

tarolLove it

tarol

Voted 10/10

Thank you! So glad to be able this self-portrait technique by its proper name now :)
Posted Nov 4, 2009 9:38 am

SusanMVery Creative

SusanM

Voted 10/10

I think this concept will catch on.
Posted Nov 5, 2009 10:24 pm

Mlaskyseems to be

Mlasky

Hasn't voted

thanks for your nice words. I had been taking, and referring to them as, splattskis since I saw his (spattskis') photos. The name had been popping up on our idahosummits board with others too. I suggested we upload our splattskis all together somewhere and delta made a page here. I just thought it needed marketing so i got on a roll one night and wrote an article to be funny. I had just met splattski and climbed with him on a group outing about a week before the article. I figured he'd take it well. Frankly, I think its all in the name. It's fun to say. I don't think any amount of creative writing from me could have made a "Tom Shot" or a "Penny Pic" nearly as popular. Safe Summits!
Posted Nov 7, 2009 5:17 pm

lcarreauRe: seems...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

That still doesn't explain where the word "splattski" originated from.

Is that the sound that is made when you take the "splattski" incorrectly, and fall down on your face ???
Posted Nov 10, 2009 9:53 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: seems...

Deltaoperator17

Voted 10/10

Splattki came from John's last name Platt and his love for Skiing. He can explain it better. The "Splattski" style photo in named after him because he almost always takes that summit photo (he has hundreds of them)
Posted Nov 10, 2009 11:52 pm

MlaskyRe: seems...

Mlasky

Hasn't voted

it's one of those words that i suspect has multiple meanings, but definition "1" is the summit shot. My guess for "2" would be "a garage sale beyond compare." I think it would be in-area. And I think people on the lift should holler "NICE SPLATTSKI"!
Posted Nov 11, 2009 12:21 am

lcarreauRe: seems...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

I didn't know what John's last name was. Thanks for clearing that
up for me, Steve.

Now, I can eat that hot dog with plenty of mustard!
Posted Nov 11, 2009 12:21 am

lcarreauRe: seems...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Thanks! I definitely need to get out more !!!

In fact, I might go out for some pizza and "brew-ski."

Hey, what the hell are you guys doin' staying up so late ???
Posted Nov 11, 2009 12:22 am

Deltaoperator17Re: seems...

Deltaoperator17

Voted 10/10

Waiting for your to come over with that Pizza and beer so we can go burn it off in them Idaho Hills! LOL
Posted Nov 11, 2009 2:10 am

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