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The Matterhorn of the Cascades

The Matterhorn of the Cascades
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Copyright: Joshua Lewis (JoshLewis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 2 N: 248] (909)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-25
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-07 16:32
Viewed: 4176
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of Sloan Peak taken from Gold Mountain on February 25, 2011. The scenery all around was all quite stunning, I took photos until I could not take anymore which is when I ran out of power.

Here is the story behind the photo:

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." -Jawaharlal Nehru

After having a few mountaineering attempts that week I decided it was time to stay low in the mountains, with a clear day I figured Gold Mountain would be a good choice. Fortunately I was right on this call, although sadly we did not make the summit. I took the bus to Arlington which Chris then drove us to Darrington which is right next to Gold Mountain. The road started off with semi deep snow (certainly too much for my mom's car). As we got higher up on the road the snow got deeper which at times we started loosing speed. Chris was persistent with wanting to get as far up the road as possible. Pretty soon there was a tree in the road which I figured would be the end of the line. Nope, sure enough Chris pulls out his chain saw and has me depressurize the tires so that going through the snow is better.

After this we came across more trees which Chris sawed away, on the last fallen over tree the chain saw nearly ran out of gas but we got lucky and got though. Later on we got caught in some deep snow which Chris once again was persistent to drive up, so he would back up and ram in 6 or so inches, go back and ram the snow again. The only other person I could think of with that much persistence with driving up is my dad. Eventually we managed to make it though. I can guarantee that most people's car's would not have made it. Eventually when snow got to around 2.5-3 feet deep we finally had to start the walking.

After all the previous trips breaking trail was tiresome for even a flat road. All the fresh snow made all the difference in the world with difficulty. After a ways we decided to skip a few switch backs which had a few tough spots because we had to take off our snowshoes. Soon it was back to the road again. I'll admit after a while of trail breaking part of me wanted to not push on so hard, but I knew if I didn't there would be no way we would summit. When ever Chris would lead walking behind his steps was like resting, sometimes what I would do is have him break trail for a few minutes and then I would be able to for a while.

The atmosphere of the place never got above freezing and we rarely saw the sun. For most of the day we had little views due to tree cover and such. But after passing around a corner we were finally rewarded, which made the whole things certainly worth while.

After taking tons of photos it was 4:24 p.m. which we had to get down. We came very close to the height of the summit. On the way down we had some nice conversations, the sunset was quite nice which White Chuck Mountain which had been buried by clouds most of the day made a good appearance. Travel back down to the car was much easier. Chris drove me to Smokey Point which was out of his way, but was much appreciated. From here I took a few buses down to Lynnwood. It was another great and beautiful day to be out in the mountains.

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A dramatic capture of a majestic peak Joshua, the illumination is perfect and the colours wonderful!

This is a beautiful angle view of this mountain, which I didn't know existed until you showed it to me. The North Cascades are a treasure house of majestic mountains that few people know about. Kudos to your friend for driving through all that snow. Love the clouds actively dancing around this peak. The top reminds me of some of those Everest photos. The time of day gave enough light and shadows to really bring out the contours of the mountain.

Hi Joshua,
I think you love mountains. Your photo is incredible. The Matterhorn...
Perfect mountainscape, no words.
But please, look at www.polskihimalaizmzimowy.pl also in English. In 9th on March it's possible an attack to Broad Peak (8047m). One of them is my colleague from grammar school.
Best wishes to him and his colleagues in Himalayas and to you.

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