Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 04/24/2014


Photo taken on March 21, 2016


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crevasse
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The Crevasse

The Crevasse
Hi, everybody!
Here are some Kodachromes taken in 1955 on Dauntless Glacier in the Coast Range of British Columbia.

You see our strongest climber attempting to jump a big crevasse. Not succeeding, scrabbling to plant his ice axe and his feet as he slowly slides downward....

(more below)

Diane Putnam, Tim Hanko, ihatefog, Peter Van Der Houwen have particularly liked this photo


9 comments - The latest ones
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
.There is, of course, a rope involved. At the other end of the rope, the other half of the team, a competent belayer with the climbing rope around a securely embedded axe, ready for the quick catch.
The failed jumper swings back against this ice wall, and climbs back to his belayer calling for tension on the rope as needed.

(To see how the crevasse was finally crossed, check my album "The Crevasse" -Laurie)

Belayer
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Cool story. My only dealings with crevasses was in the Tetons, but there was never anything like this. I bet it was fun to try the jump! :-D
4 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
What a dramatic image.....I was glad to read the rest of the story
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Great story with a happy ending!
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
agh! Looks TERRIFYING.
4 years ago.
Clint
Clint
Wow! My closest experience with a crevasses involved passing about 1000 feet above a bunch of them in a helicopter over Mendenhall. I don't know that I'd have tried this.
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
I had my experience with them, but our general approach was to avoid where possible. :)
4 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
Wow! What a dramatic moment you captured here! Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid!
4 years ago.
Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam
I'm speechless!!!
2 years ago.