Snow Cave - Illumination Rock

Fierce winds destroyed our tent the previous night. Our desire for the summit left us with no choice. We had to dig a snow cave at illumination saddle. December 4, 2011.

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Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Dec 20, 2011 1:16 am - Voted 10/10

Photo of The Week...

in my book.

Great way to camp and take an incredible photo like this.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 20, 2011 8:28 am - Voted 10/10

Re: i totally agree

It would be very much deserving - Adam really
gets around in those mountains.

Must be great to have the time to travel
around so much ..

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 20, 2011 11:19 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Photo of The Week...

Thanks guys. I sure appreciate the support and encouragement.

For those that are interested, here's a short video with footage of the cave and the climb.

Silvia Mazzani

Silvia Mazzani - Dec 20, 2011 12:21 pm - Voted 10/10

A magic shot

I also agree.
Ciao.

Silvia

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 21, 2011 7:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A magic shot

Thank you!
-Adam

Josh Houser

Josh Houser - Dec 20, 2011 9:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Thanks for Capturing this

I was too worried about getting things situated during this time for photography. And of course doing the usual chasing gear in the wind and helping with the digging of the snow cave. It certainly was a beautiful moment up there.

Noondueler

Noondueler - Dec 21, 2011 12:17 am - Voted 10/10

Agree with all the above

Reminds me of a Galen Rowell shot.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 21, 2011 7:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Agree with all the above

I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasn't familiar with Galen Rowell. But I looked into it and I can see that he loves to capture the morning and evening lighting. My father was a professional photographer and he always called it "the magic hour". Thanks!

Noondueler

Noondueler - Dec 21, 2011 9:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Agree with all the above

Yeah. Galen was one of the greatest mountaineer adventure photographers with many first ascents in the Sierra and around the world.

Marmaduke

Marmaduke - Dec 21, 2011 1:59 am - Voted 10/10

Really a Sweet Photo!

Congrats!! Who's the climber? You?

Enjoyed video also.

Josh Houser

Josh Houser - Dec 21, 2011 3:30 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Really a Sweet Photo!

The climber on the lower part of this photo is me. Gimpilator was the photographer, it was too windy to take a self timer photo here.

Marmaduke

Marmaduke - Dec 21, 2011 3:39 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Really a Sweet Photo!

Nice Josh!! I don't think I will ever do that kind of climbing.......but who knows. Once again, very nice!!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 21, 2011 1:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Really a Sweet Photo!

Must have been a "wind chill" factor involved
here, to say the least ..

Was it warm inside the cave? Seems like one
hell of an adventure. You guys are GREAT!

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 21, 2011 7:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Really a Sweet Photo!

The wind chill at night was less than pleasant. But inside the cave it was fairly warm by comparison. When we blocked the doorway it heated up to about 40 degrees.

Konrad Sus

Konrad Sus - Dec 21, 2011 2:04 am - Voted 10/10

It looks

like little Cerro Torre.

EricChu

EricChu - Dec 21, 2011 2:14 pm - Voted 10/10

Splendid photo!

I'm pretty sure this one is the upcoming Photo of the Week! A great shot you did, Adam! Although, I can imagine what the wind chill factor must have indeed been up there...:-)

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 21, 2011 7:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Splendid photo!

Thanks Eric! Ever since I first saw photos of illumination saddle several years ago, I've been hoping to get the chance to camp there. It's unfortunate about the tent of course, but with $100 and the help of two different repair shops, I think it's going to be usable again.

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Dec 22, 2011 10:48 am - Voted 10/10

Incredible spire

amazing moment above the clouds in front of that amazing piece of illuminated rock! superb view.

All the best for Christmas time!

Tomek Lodowy

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 27, 2011 12:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredible spire

Thank you Tomek! My best holday wishes go out to you as well.

Adam

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 27, 2011 12:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredible spire

Thank you Tomek! My best holiday wishes go out to you as well.

Adam

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