SPAM #14: Carnival Ride

By:  Greg
February 8, 2011 10:48 am | Category: Skiing, SPAM

The Skiing Photos AMalgamated Series (SPAM) is FIS' way of stoking your fire for winter! Every-so-often we will be releasing a photo-amalgam, and offering the work as a FREE download to jazz up your desktop background. GIT SUM!

With Part I of our Winter Carnival–the Unconventional Terrain Event–in the books, and Part II coming soon, here’s a quick SPAM entry from the ski mountaineering descent Ben and I made. As detailed in the TR, as we approached the rap station, we had to cross a snowfield hanging above ice cliff in almost every direction. We debated the option of simply sidestepping down in order to minimize risk, but Ben decided he wanted to snag a few carnival ride turns in this improbable location. Here are two of them. This is probably one of the simplest SPAM entries I’ve done, but I think it works.
Ben makes a few turns on the hanging snowfield carnival ride

As a special bonus, here’s a second SPAM shot. Again, this isn’t that complex of a SPAM, but it is a stitch of several photos. The location is the top of the snow gully in the TR, just after we got off rappel and were preparing to ski. Although the pictures from the TR I think do a good job of depicting the steepness, none of them were quite able to capture just how “inside” the mountain we were at this point. To try to get a sense of the surroundings, I took several photos from low to high capturing over 180 ° of vertical field of view. I then aligned and stitched them together using Hugin. I think the result is spooky.
Inside the Carnival Ride

Thanks for checking out the SPAM Series of FIS. If you haven’t done so already, may we suggest you check out the full TR?



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  1. Josh A
    wrote on February 8th, 2011 at 1:58 pm  

    Awesome stuff once again.

    Never heard of Hugin before, is that what you use for all the SPAMs or just this last one? Looks pretty sweet. FOSS FTW!

    • Greg
      wrote on February 10th, 2011 at 10:28 am  

      i do use hugin, although i’ve modified the source code quite a bit to produce the SPAMs…

  2. christian
    wrote on February 8th, 2011 at 9:08 pm  

    nice ones greg! the grizzly is filling in nicely :)

    • Greg
      wrote on February 8th, 2011 at 10:45 pm  


      i want to hit that

  3. Woods Hippie
    wrote on February 9th, 2011 at 8:33 pm  

    Once again I realize that New England is the place to be. The fact that you guys are dropping lines like this just reinforces my reluctance to move to Utah (though I will vacation there as much as possible). Thanks for reporting on these sick, sick lines.

    • Greg
      wrote on February 10th, 2011 at 10:29 am  

      nice… i agree with you!!

  4. MIcky O (ILOVE2SKI)
    wrote on February 10th, 2011 at 10:26 am  

    I decided to give the program a try. Here’s a result of the first attempt:

    pretty sweet! Thanks for finally showing me a photostiching program that works!

    • Greg
      wrote on February 10th, 2011 at 10:37 am  

      nice Micky! Yeah it works fairly well!

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