I like this one, moreso even than the now popular steep snow traverse shot. It gives a real feel for the surroundings and the little ladder stairway to heaven.
I would guess Duane was looking at the spike, just as Bob probably was in my similar pic. Not only is it a hazard, that metal spike also keeps us from getting nice portraits of these crazy peakbaggers.
You are right about the feel for the surroundings. I still wonder how that gal hung on after splitting her scalp open on that spike. Yikes.