Ama Dablam in Black & White

Recently I was asked if I had any black and white photos of Ama Dablam, the star peak of the Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal. This spurred me into reviewing my archives from my trip there, and I was happy to find a number of nice photos I passed over previously. Here’s what I came up with:

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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Gazing up at mighty Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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A subpeak of Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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Ama Dablam (6856m / 22,493 ft) emerges from the clouds.

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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Ama Dablam (6856m / 22,493 ft) emerges from the clouds.

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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Alpenglow light illuminates Ama Dablam. Makalu (8481m, 27,825 ft) is visible at the left side.

Ama Dablam, Asia, Himalaya, Khumbu, Nepal
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Ama Dablam hiding in the clouds.

The mountains here in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya are by far the largest and most powerful-feeling mountains I’ve ever visited, and I hope that these photos convey some of that awesome power!

Roaming Around Southeast Utah

Robbers Roost Country, Utah, slot canyon

Psychedelic hiker.

In late October and early November we spent a dozen days camping and backpacking around in the deserts and canyonlands of southern Utah, including the San Rafael Swell, Robbers Roost/Dirty Devil area, and Cedar Mesa. Though the days were short and the nights cold, it’s always worthwhile to spend time in these wonderful, wild, and lonely places. Continue reading >>

Snowy Ice Lakes

Colorado, Ice Lakes, San Juan Mountains, sunrise, snowy
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Sunrise at Ice Lakes after an October snowstorm dumped two feet of snow in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado.

With fresh snow in the San Juan Mountains and dreams of winter I couldn’t resist heading up high for a quick early season winter camp at Ice Lakes Basin near Silverton. I got a little more than I bargained for with two feet of fresh powder and knee-deep postholing through a snowstorm up there! In the morning I was treated to some fiery light for a few moments at sunrise, for a different kind of autumn color. Continue reading >>

A Bit of Autumn Color

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, San Miguel Range, aspens
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Autumn colors and storm clouds along the San Miguel Range near Telluride, Colorado.

After trekking in Switzerland and visiting Claudia’s family and friends in Germany, we finally arrived back home in the San Juans just at the tail end of what seemed to be a nice long season of autumn colors here. Though I missed the bulk of the autumn action, there were still bits of colorful aspens left along with fresh snow on the peaks! Every season is my favorite season, but autumn is really my favorite season!

Bastei in the Rain

Bastei, Europe, Germany, Sandstone Mountains, Sächsische Schweiz
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An iconic view of the Bastei bridge in the Sandstone Mountains near Dresden, Germany. The bridge was built for tourists in 1824 and first photographed by Hermann Krone in 1853. In medieval times the rock towers on the left side of the bridge once formed the largest rock castle in the region, the Neurathen Castle, but today only some rooms and passages carved out of the rock remain.

Hut Tour Around Grindelwald

Bernese Alps, Eiger, Jungfrau, Kleine Scheidegg, Mönch, Switzerland, reflection, Bernese Oberland, panorama
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Sunset light illuminates Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as seen from Kleine Scheidegg – Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

In mid-September after our treks in the Bernina Range and Val Masino in southeast Switzerland and north Italy, Claudia and I traveled north to the famous Jungfrau region near Interlaken in Switzerland. I’ve visited these mountains in the winter and spring, but this would be the first time I’ve been hiking here in the summer season. We opted to hike a 5-day hut-to-hut circuit along the mountains surrounding the town of Grindelwald, via the Faulhorn, Gleckstein, and Bäregg huts, to Kleine Scheidegg, and ending in the Lauterbrunnen valley. Continue reading >>

Val Masino, Italy

Italy, Pizzo Cengalo, Rhaetian Alps, Rifugio Gianetti, Val Masino, Valle Porcellizzo, hut
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Rifugio Gianetti below Pizzo Cengalo, high above Val Masino in northern Italy.

Eight days into our trek around the Bernina Range, we took a little train and bus detour and visited Val Masino in Italy on the southern end of the same greater range. The mountains around here are sometimes referred to as the Val Masino Alps, or the backside of the Bergell or Bregaglia Range. Renowned in climbing circles, Val Masino is a unique and spectacular valley surrounded by soaring vertical granite peaks. We spent a couple nights in San Martino, the village at the heart of Val Masino, then hiked up to Rifugio Gianetti for a night, then over a pass and down Val Codera. Continue reading >>