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.
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.
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