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"New Years Day Flight over the Western Rim of the North Cascades"
North Twin, South Twin, Three Fingers Lookout, Baring, Chimney Rock, Overcoat
JANUARY 1, 2013

New Years Day 2013 involved an aerial adventure with John Scurlock over the western rim of the North Cascades. We first headed north to photograph the Twin Sisters against a backdrop of the shimmering Pacific Ocean and distant Olympic Mountains. Then we headed over 100 miles southward towards the snow-encased Chimney Rock and Overcoat Peak area. On the way we photographed the mighty Whitehorse Mountain, the sturdy lookout on the summit of Three Fingers, the towering vertical north face of Baring, and the rugged walls of Mt. Index. Throughout the flight a cloud bank on the western horizon filtered the evening sun, giving a muted wintery light to the landscape. The entire flight was 2 hours and 280 miles long.

The flight path is shown to the right. (This flight line is made with actual GPS data.)

North Twin, Mount Baker behind
North Twin, South Twin
South Twin, Olympics beyond
South Twin, Olympics beyond
Precarious Three Fingers Lookout
Cliffs on all sides! 
Chimney Rock
First pass: Overcoat (front), Chimney Rock and Chimney Rock W (behind)
Second pass, 3 minutes later: Overcoat (front), Chimney Rock and Chimney Rock W (behind)
Seattle far below, Olympics on horizon
Dipped in alpenglow icing, Glacier Peak in middle distance