Crossing Swiftcurrent Glacier...

Crossing Swiftcurrent Glacier on the way out. Even though it's not all that steep where we crossed, it gave a couple of us (including me!) cause to reflect—for a couple seconds, anyway—on the possibility that the ice axe is quite possibly the single most important invention in the history of the human race. Photo by Vernon, July 18, 2005.

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Den Arkin Smith

Den Arkin Smith - Nov 12, 2006 2:04 pm - Voted 7/10

interesting

I always enjoy pictures like this. I mean where climbers are really as small as ants on the back of something really huge. I like the tracts everywhere. Nice shot!

birdo - Apr 5, 2008 2:42 am - Hasn't voted

Nice picture

I can't tell, were you guys/gals roped on this crossing? Or are there no cravasses due to lack of movement or something like that?

Saintgrizzly

Saintgrizzly - Apr 5, 2008 1:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice picture

No, we weren't roped; ice axes were an absolute necessity, though—a couple of us (including me) had to do self arrests. No crevasses where we crossed; there are some higher up, but nothing like (for example) on the Harrison, Blackfoot, and Jackson glaciers in the Jackson/Blackfoot/Walton area.

Thanks for the comment; this is one time I actually had the common sense to just take the picture (something that doesn't always happen!)....

silversummit

silversummit - Sep 20, 2008 1:08 pm - Voted 10/10

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really make this picture meaningful! Plus I love the composition of the lines; great picture!

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