Lost In Penitentes

Okay, so I wasn't exactly lost. Photographed at 19,300 feet on Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world, January 7, 2011.

According to Wikipedia, Penitentes "are a snow formation found at high altitudes. They take the form of tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice closely spaced with the blades oriented towards the general direction of the sun. Penitentes can be as tall as a person."

Here are more penitentes near Everst base camp.

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gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 27, 2011 6:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's Cool

Thanks Mark!

DrJonnie

DrJonnie - Jan 27, 2011 7:17 am - Voted 10/10

nice self-portrait

a unique 'I was there' picture.
great idea and a great shot

cheers Johnnie

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 27, 2011 6:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: nice self-portrait

Thanks Jonnie! There was no one around to help out so I just had to wing it and thankfully it turned out.

[X] Bird

[X] Bird - Jan 27, 2011 8:32 am - Voted 10/10

Surreal

Cheers Berthold

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 27, 2011 6:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Surreal

Thanks Berthold!

butitsadryheat

butitsadryheat - Jan 27, 2011 2:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Badass!

Very cool!

Thanks for sharing!

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 27, 2011 6:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Badass!

Many Thanks!

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 27, 2011 5:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Remarkable!

Congratulations on this striking shot, Adam!

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 27, 2011 6:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Remarkable!

Thanks Eric! Seeing Penitentes was one of my big hopes for this trip.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 29, 2011 12:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: careful there Gimp!

Thanks. I hope we can still go for a trip together some time soon. I just need a few weeks to rest first.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 29, 2011 3:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: careful there Gimp!

Good. You heal-up and I'll rest-up and then we'll be ready.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis - Jan 30, 2011 12:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Ya know...

That is a pretty good profile pic!

EastKing

EastKing - Jan 30, 2011 8:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent

Nice job on this photo of week picture. I can't wait to read the TR!!

EastKing

EastKing - Jan 30, 2011 8:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent

Nice job on this photo of week picture. I can't wait to read the TR!!

JoelSkok

JoelSkok - Feb 4, 2011 11:24 am - Voted 10/10

Be careful around them

I suppose that would not be the best place to stumble and fall....I've seen "beds of nails" but those are ice spears!

flomulgator

flomulgator - Jul 6, 2012 1:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Penitentes

Penitentes generally only grow large at lower latitudes; thus Andes, Iran, Tajikistan. They grown big under very strong sunlight with good duration, reasonably cooler temps, and a lack of fresh snow....like a long dry spell at altitude in sub-30 deg latitude.

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