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Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Golden Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Golden Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

The sunrise is an artist. It requires a canvas. In this case a wave of cirrus clouds moving east from the coast, and the east faces of Mount Rainier provide the perfect surfaces for the sunrise to paint with soft hues of pink, peach, yellow and blue...

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Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Above a Sea of Clouds” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Above a Sea of Clouds” by Scott Rinckenberger

If you are on a summit in the Pacific Northwest and the weather is clear, it’s likely that Mount Rainier will be unmistakably visible, often closer than you would imagine. By far the tallest mountain in the region, at 14,419’ Rainier is the undisputed king of the Cascades...

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Photo Release: “Mountains of Snoqualmie Pass” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mountains of Snoqualmie Pass” by Scott Rinckenberger

There is a secret that lies 45 minutes east of the thriving metropolis of Seattle. Many Seattleites go through their whole lives without knowing that just up the hill is a world of towering rock summits, impossibly steep faces, frozen lakes and vistas of endless mountains in every direction. For a few months of the year, in the dead of winter, these mountains which surround the unassuming summit of Snoqualmie Pass become home to world class snow, and endless terrain for backcountry skiers, snowboarders and alpine climbers...

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Photo Release: “Cordillera Huayhuash Overlook” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Cordillera Huayhuash Overlook” by Scott Rinckenberger

In a country approximately 3 times the size of California, Peru has a dizzying variety of landscapes, from the arid desert coast to the Amazon rainforest and the verdant peaks of Machu Picchu. The entire center of the country is dominated by the Andes Mountains, and features some of the most impressive and foreboding peaks on the planet, over thirty of which rise more than 6000 meters in elevation...

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Photo Release: “Cordillera Huayhuash Valley” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Cordillera Huayhuash Valley” by Scott Rinckenberger

Flat enough for lawn bowling, and green enough for cattle grazing, the meadow at the head of Lake Jauacocha in the Cordillera Huayhuash region of Peru is the ultimate place to pitch a tent, lay back and watch the weather change on the towering summits above. One of the key campsites on the famous Cordillera Huayhuash trek, this location is often a sea of tents, as trekkers from around the world flock to see this otherworldly landscape first hand...

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Photo Release: “Myoko Japan Sunset” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Myoko Japan Sunset” by Scott Rinckenberger

The charming hamlet of Myoko on Japan’s main island is home to some of the oldest ski areas on earth, and is based below the volcanic mass of Mount Myoko. The current summit of the active volcano is its lava dome, but the caldera is 2 miles wide and is a dazzling landscape of ridges, summits and steam vents...

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Photo Release: “Rogers Pass Summits” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Rogers Pass Summits” by Scott Rinckenberger

The mention of Rogers Pass is guaranteed to elicit a response from any seasoned backcountry skier or climber. The area is legendary for its access to some of the steepest, most dramatic and most beautiful terrain in Canada. All winter long, the best avalanche control professionals in the world maintain access to this stretch of road with the highest avalanche rating of any highway in North America...

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Photo Release: “Yosemite Park Boundary Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Yosemite Park Boundary Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

It was autumn and, after covering many miles in the dark, navigating the network of trails, lakes, and cross-country terrain above the spectacular 20 Lakes Basin Loop, I had accessed the magnificent Shepard Crest ridge. This striking point on the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park is the perfect place to watch the first light of day fall on the glories of Yosemite...

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Photo Release: “North Cascades and Skagit Valley” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “North Cascades and Skagit Valley” by Scott Rinckenberger

Unique in its depth, complexity, and glaciated ferocity, the North Cascades range of Washington State is one of the great alpine areas of North America. While most vantages require a hard-earned approach to the high country, Mt. Erie in Anacortes offers vista points which can be accessed by car and which showcase the North Cascades to the east, and the San Juan Islands to the west. Between the two lies the fertile and beautiful Skagit River Valley, home to some of the most beautiful farmland in the region...

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Photo Release: “Dead Horse Point” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Dead Horse Point” by Scott Rinckenberger

As the Colorado River flows through the American Southwest, it continually creates some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. Its impact is so large, and its effect so vast, that it’s hard to comprehend. There are, however, certain vantage points which offer enough breadth and context to begin to give the full impression of the amazing phenomenon...

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Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Layers” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Layers” by Scott Rinckenberger

The Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest are among the most expansive in the lower 48. This presents endless opportunities for exploration, but it also presents challenges in terms of finding viewpoints from which to digest the enormity. Yet, nature saw fit to solve this challenge in the form of a line of volcanoes stretching from northern California to the Canadian border...

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Photo Release: “Last Light on Mount Rainier” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Last Light on Mount Rainier” by Scott Rinckenberger

It was the crux of an unusual mission that brought us to Ptarmigan Ridge on Mount Rainier on the evening of August 31. I was attempting to ski in my home state of Washington every single month of the year. The endless high mountains make this goal relatively straightforward from the first snows of late autumn through the long snowy spring. Come the later part of a warm, dry summer, this objective becomes a bit more challenging...

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