Crevasse as you head toward the southeast couloir from the main Dinwoody Glacier. July 26, 2013.
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Brett Verhoef
Oct 27, 2013
Crevasse as you head toward the southeast couloir from the main Dinwoody Glacier. July 26, 2013.
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PeterSLenz   Salt Lake City
Love this photo! The tilt of the ice and the climber "unbalancing," the composition by placement in the left top corner creates a sense of tension. I remember a section of crevasses very similar to this one, just below the SE couloir of Gannett. You captured the feel of the glacier approach very well. Jul 14, 2015
Utah, India and Cambodia
Warbonnet   Utah, India and Cambodia
Peter, could not agree with you more. It’s really a perfect photo. So many photos (of course & should be) of glacier travel but this one tells a lot of stories, one’s you’ve nicely picked out. The light is absolutely perfect: dark crevasses, one being darker than the other, great juxtaposition. I also like the climber’s position: he is obviously stopped, weight on right leg, left leg bent in natural “relaxed” position. He is obviously puzzling his way through this, but weight on straight right leg seems to indicate (via the photo, not necessarily representation of what he is thinking…who knows) that he is NOT going to try a 90 degree turn to the right. HOWEVER, the thin-ish slice of ice "appearing" from the crevasse (and behind the climber, out of his view) with a cobra-like "head" seems to invite him, unknowingly, into the depths.

Also like the rope shadow in the foreground but said shadow only shows on the white snow (of course) but does not, visually, connect directly to the climber, adding, as you pointed out “tension”. More tension: from the photo, we wonder the same thing he is: where to next because we can’t what he sees and it makes the view tautological.

The huge, tilted boulders on the ice to climber’s right seem placed there purposefully for the photograph. Thick, flat, “slidey” looking, as if it stopped itself before plunging into…who knows where? The jumbled mass of ice in far background is also perfect; no pattern (as in commonly “paralled” crevasse fields), inviting the viewer to ask “WTF”?

Good eye Peter; I’ve passed this photo before but your comment made me stop & look again, just as the climber is doing. All perfect.

Interesting you say he's on "approach"; maybe, but maybe on "de-approach", i.e., getting the phuque out of there....but which way?

By the way, re: your other post “5.7-ish LOOKING” rock on the ridge is about that but loose just when you don’t want it to be. Dec 14, 2015

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