Crossing Swiftcurrent Glacier...

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.
on Aug 23, 2005 9:58 pm
Image ID: 122209


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Den Arkin Smith

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


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 - 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 - 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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