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Meadowmom

Posted on 09/01/2016


Photo taken on August 11, 2016


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Ice Hiking in British Columbia

Ice Hiking in British Columbia
Page 9. The Snout of Franklin Glacier, 1952

A very gray photo, but it's important to the tale I'm telling about our journey to the ice in British Columbia a long time ago.

(Unfortunately we were carrying two brands of 35mm film, Agfachrome and Kodachrome. Only the latter has survived, which means whole sections of my story are no longer illustrated.)

Looking ahead, you can see the full size river bursting out from under the glacier, but can you tell where rock ends and the debris-laden ice begins? This photo was taken about ¼ mile beyond Last Valley Camp, which was used by most of the early climbing expeditions on the Franklin.

18 years before we came, the group who actually achieved the first ascent of Mt. Waddington reached Last Valley Camp. After a couple of days of bushwhacking carrying 90 and 100 lb. packs, the climbers were exhausted. They took a layover day. The next morning the man who was the designated cook for that day, still worn and tired, opened a box of oatmeal and screamed.

The box was only 3/4 filled with food. The rest of the space was occupied by a large dinner plate decorated with pink roses. In those early days before there was specialized backpacking food, the climbing party was carrying a lot of oatmeal. Box after box was opened, and each had a heavy plate inside.

When Larry and I reached Last Valley Camp in 1952, it was no longer so close to the snout of the receding glacier. But one thing had hardly changed. Now permanently embedded in mossy crotches of the young trees around us were the famous oatmeal premium plates.

More tomorrow. (For the entire story of this trip, there’s an album now.)

9. Snout of franklin.

Konstantin A Smirnov, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels), tiabunna, Jean.pierre dalifard and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Magnificent capture and toning! Would love to see some of these "horrible" dinner plates!
14 months ago.
Larry He's So Fine
Larry He's So Fine
Ha ha it pays to read packaging! 8-D
14 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

That is tragically funny !!
14 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
WOW !!!!
14 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Impressive scene; well captured.
Congrats on Explore.
14 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
That would really make your day! I've also found the old Kodachrome has survived best.
14 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
LOL! And my experience with Kodachrome vs. other color film is similar.
14 months ago.