Carefully Climbing on the Summit Ridge

Carefully Climbing on the Summit Ridge

Ski carefully ascended this knife ridge which had fresh powder snow on it. The moment was a little worry some, but was exciting at the same time. Taken October 15, 2011 on Eldorado Peak.
Josh Lewis
on Oct 21, 2011 7:24 am
Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing
Image ID: 755302


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Marmaduke - Oct 21, 2011 8:45 am - Voted 10/10

A classic

Very nice Josh, really a stunning shot. What are you doing though, lighting a victory cigar?

chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Oct 21, 2011 10:20 am - Voted 10/10

Re: A classic

You know, I could swear he's brushing his teeth! Makes sense ... it being early morning and all, maybe Josh is a creature of habit and, when the moment arrived, he just automatically went for the brush. Flossing must have been difficult up there, though ...

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Oct 21, 2011 6:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A classic

Good guess's, but those are actually Ski's glasses hanging down. We wanted as little of distractions as possible. We left our backpacks behind, although I brought the camera because it felt mandatory for me. ;-)


lcarreau - Oct 21, 2011 10:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: A classic

Good grief ...

For a wee moment there, I thought that was a PIPE hanging down out of his mouth.

A corn cob pipe. The kind Uncle Jethro used to smoke in the backwoods of Tennesee before becoming a famous Climber and posting on SP.

: - ))


SKI - Oct 22, 2011 1:34 pm - Voted 10/10


Now a pipe up yonder would have made this picture just extra classy indeed! Thanks for the shot, Josh!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Oct 23, 2011 12:12 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Haha!

We will have to remember that for next time. ;-) Anyways, even though we were on steep terrain, I could not resist capturing this moment because in person it was classic.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Oct 23, 2011 6:21 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Haha!

In mountain books from just the fifties or sixties you may see people smoking a 'summit cigarette' or a sitting down at the foot of a large rock face they have just descended, smoking an 'off the mountain' cigarette or pipe.

That wasn't the worst though, but a crowded mountain hut full of smokers that was awful!


JoelSkok - Oct 22, 2011 9:14 pm - Voted 10/10

2 questions

First of all, outstanding photo and achievement. Now my questions: Is that Whitechuck Mtn in the far distance to the left? And, I seem to see a flare knot in the rope about five feet below Ski. Am I correct? Thanks Josh....At this rate your blisters will never ever heal.....

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Oct 23, 2011 12:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 2 questions

Thanks Joel! That is indeed White Chuck in the background, you did well figuring that one out. As for the knot, it's a overhand knot on a bight. As for my blisters, they have recovered a long time ago when I lowered my adventure average to 2-3 times a week. Trust me, this summer I was out a lot! Within the next few weeks I hope to write a big story on it.


RayMondo - Oct 23, 2011 6:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Magic Moment

I reckon one that you will always remember. Just a wonderful position on the edge.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Magic Moment

For as long as I can remember my own name I will remember this moment. Although the camera case made climbing it a little harder, it was worth it.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: G6

You'll have to ask Ski, I'm sure he would autograph it! Glad you liked it.


schmid_th - Oct 27, 2011 4:28 pm - Voted 10/10


Really a wonderful moment for this photo! Great!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Perfect!

Indeed, hope to have many more like this.


BobSmith - Oct 27, 2011 6:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Perfect timing!

Just an excellent photo! You captured the moment!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Perfect timing!

Thanks Bob! On my trips I am always trying to portray the moment in my writings and photos.


EricChu - Oct 28, 2011 11:54 am - Voted 10/10


Looks pretty airy - but fantastic shot, Josh!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Thanks Eric. It is a little airy, but as long as you plant that axe in deep and you kick in your steps well, your all good to go.


normanorem - Nov 26, 2011 4:16 pm - Voted 10/10


what a memorable scene!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Nov 30, 2011 4:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thanks, indeed it was! I do plan on returning to this mountain some day. Twice is not enough.

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