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Ski Tracks on Dome Peak

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216 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of ski tracks down a large mountain; artistic black and white photograph created by Scott Rinckenberger in Dome Peak, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington

Ski Tracks on Dome Peak

216 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Dome Peak, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington

In May, 2017, two skiers, bolstered with the confidence of their professional mountain guiding backgrounds, and nearly 5 years of planning, executed the first continuous ski traverse from Snoqualmie Pass, Washington to the Canadian Border. Traveling as close to the crest of the range as possible for the duration of the trip, the pair spent 34 days on snow and covered over 275 miles of the roughest and most remote mountain terrain in the lower 48 without once deviating to the comforts of civilization.

I was fortunate to be invited to join this journey, already in progress, for week-long trek in the remote Glacier Peak Wilderness before departing home while the intrepid explorers pushed north to Canada. My work from this trip would eventually help land this story on the front page of the Seattle Times newspaper, and would serve as a bedrock in my photographic study of snow textures, glaciers and subalpine trees.

There are many remote segments of this journey which are seldom visited, and are almost never visited in winter. In the best case scenario, such areas require 2-3 days of travel on foot from the nearest roads. No other access is possible.
Among the proudest of these hard-to-reach areas is the Dome Peak massif. At just shy of 9,000', it's among the larger non-volcanic peaks in the Cascades. But more than its height, the massive spires of its summit ridges and the cascading forms of the Chickamin and Dome glaciers give this mountain a lore which rivals its better known cousins Rainier, Baker and Adams.

Our arrival to the peak was marked with a late spring snowstorm and we found ourselves tent-bound for the better part of two days. By the third morning, we needed to move, and were prepared to settle for a path of least resistance route down the valley. Imagine our surprise to find clear skies and nearly a foot of fresh powder coating the entire landscape. From there a dream unfolded as we climbed to the north summit pyramid and then skied nearly 4,000' vertical feet down the heart of the complex labyrinth of the Chickamin glacier in absolutely perfect conditions. Look closely at the central part of this image, and join me for a short mental trip into one of the greatest ski runs on earth.

Explore the full Snow Studies series here.

Date & TimeMay 18, 2017:  7:54am - 7:55am
LocationDome Peak, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington
Coordinates48.312900, -121.031100
Focal Length117mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/1000 sec
ISO100
Number of Exposures50

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Total Pixels215,754,070
Horizontal Pixels17,990
Vertical Pixels11,993
Aspect Ratio1.5 : 1
File Size1,233 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)5 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.33 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)9.99 feet
Height @ 150ppi6.66 feet

Date & TimeMay 18, 2017:  7:54am - 7:55am
LocationDome Peak, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington
Coordinates48.312900, -121.031100
Focal Length117mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/1000 sec
ISO100
Number of Exposures50

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