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Airy footpath

Airy footpath

Just beyond Tin Can Gap was the crux of our dayhike effort. This hiker is traversing across the one spot I felt a fall could be fatal. A tricky moat was available as an alternative route at the right edge but it took time and wasn't all that easy but was safer. Beautiful scenery everywhere. (for best result, double click on the picture) 8-24-07
on Aug 25, 2007 7:32 pm
Image ID: 328701


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Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Aug 25, 2007 8:07 pm - Voted 10/10


photo Dean, has everything, sky, clouds, rock, snow, human for


Dean - Aug 25, 2007 8:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: sweet...

Thanks Dow, often, timing is everything.


ericnoel - Aug 25, 2007 8:15 pm - Voted 10/10


Who is that in the picture? I don't think it looks like me, Bob or Duane but it is too small for my poor eyes to really tell. Is that our late arriving "climber" friend?


Dean - Aug 25, 2007 8:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Subject?

Yes, he was returning back to "entice" his friends in the moat to join him on the faster route.

Zzyzx - Aug 26, 2007 12:13 am - Voted 10/10


Was it really as steep as it looks in this photo? Great shot!

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Aug 26, 2007 12:32 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Sketchy...

It was pretty steep, and there was no margin for error. There was no way I would have done that traverse without an ice axe, but that kid was fearless on those high quality steps that had been kicked. So much so that he enticed the other two in his party, who were not well equipped at all, to do that traverse without axes. I didn't even want to watch! The worst part was that they were still heading up at 4PM and would likely be crossing this again after the snow started hardening again. The alternate route in the moat was safer, but quite time consuming, and they were in a huge hurry because of the late hour.


ericnoel - Aug 26, 2007 12:57 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Sketchy...

It was fairly steep but the snow was excellent. I actually thought the little bit in the foreground near the edge of the snow felt a little more tenuous than the lateral portion. I pretty much agree with Bob, I would not have wanted to do it without an axe and would have done the moat instead. I can sorta understand the kid shown feeling that it was easy but what you have to give weight to are the consequences if something does go bad and obviously he wasn't worried about that for better or worse. Going across it himself was questionable; instructing his companions to do so was just flat stupid especially as the person who was given their one axe did not know how to use it.


Dean - Aug 26, 2007 1:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Sketchy...

It was sketchy enough for me even with an ice axe to go for the moat, which wasn't a picnic either but safer. I hate to think of those two inexperienced hikers doing that traverse when it turned to ice a bit later. The guy who was leading them was a bit too cavalier imho.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Aug 26, 2007 4:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

That's correct Josh, this is part of the route. The trail is still buried by snow, and runs from about where the photo was taken over to the shoulder just beyond the hiker in the sunshine. It will probably be free of snow by late September if we have enough warm weather before then. It's a good reason to do this peak late in the season. -Bob


Dean - Aug 26, 2007 5:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great perspective

Thanks Marc for the vote and comments. I had an ice axe and chose to go via the somewhat tricky moat. I just wasn't confident in my ice axe arrest skills nor the sure footedness of my new boots. I should get a Darwin award for wearing new boots on a 15 mile hike.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Aug 26, 2007 2:41 pm - Voted 10/10


I'm glad to see a picture like this make POTD for a change. It's both scenic and informative.


Dean - Aug 26, 2007 7:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations

Thanks Bob, I am glad they (whoever they are) chose mine for POTD, its a rare honor for me.
I appreciate your remarks.


dpk - Aug 26, 2007 5:01 pm - Voted 10/10

great shot

Me thinks I know why its not you in the pict ( or me for that matter) fall = bad ; sudden stop = even worse


Dean - Aug 26, 2007 10:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: great shot

Yes, those sudden stops are the pits. The same is true in sky diving. : )


regehr - Aug 27, 2007 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted


I've had nightmares just like this -- steep snow slope, no axe, just waiting for a step to give out...


sierradiscgolfer - Aug 27, 2007 1:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Verrrrry Nice!!!

Dean, thanks for the email directing me to this awesome photo!!!


Dean - Aug 28, 2007 12:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Verrrrry Nice!!!

Hi Gary, I thought you might enjoy my latest adventure. I sure have enjoyed the ones you've been reporting to me on. (Russell-Carillon) Congrat's on that one. Cool two fer.


rpc - Aug 30, 2007 6:16 pm - Voted 10/10


waaay cool - great shot Dean!! I'm sorry I missed it. Would be nice to have as POTW (something local).

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Feb 2, 2009 9:03 pm - Hasn't voted


Great job getting photo of the day! I hope that one day i shall get photo of the day, or maybe even photo of the week! Did you ever receive a photo of the week? Its a beautiful picture by the way!


Dean - Feb 2, 2009 9:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: day

Here's my Pic of the week and thank you for your comments.

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