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PHOTOSET 25
"A Spectacular Series of Morning-Sun-Lit Snowy Summits"
Jack, Ballard, Azurite, Golden Horn, Tower, Logan, Goode, Buckner, Booker, Hurry-up, Johannesburg, Snowqueen, Chaval, Higgins, Whitehorse, Three Fingers, Sloan, Pugh, White Chuck
JANUARY 3, 2013


This photoset is from a 335-mile aerial adventure with John Scurlock over the North Cascades on the brilliant bluebird winter morning of January 3, 2013. We took off shortly before sunrise and reached Jack Mountain just as the first rays of the day’s sun touched its rugged crest. Then we swooped through the spectacular golden-lit Cascades, snapping photos right and left of a series of well-known summits such as Ballard, Azurite, Golden Horn, Tower, Fisher, Logan, Goode, Buckner, Booker, Hurry-up, Johannesburg, Formidable, Snowqueen, Chaval, and Higgins. After touching down to refuel in Arlington, we again took to the skies and enjoyed some aerial photography of Whitehorse, Three Fingers, Sloan, Pugh, and White Chuck before finally returning to the airstrip in Concrete, nearly 3 hours after we had left.

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



Jack Mtn, E side
Jack Mtn, E side
Mt. Ballard, E side
Azurite Peak, E side
Azurite Peak, E side
Golden Horn and Holliway Mtn, N sides
Golden Horn, N side
Tower Mtn, from NE
Tower Mtn and Golden Horn, from E
Mt. Logan, from SE
Mt. Goode, from E
Mt. Goode, from SE
Storm King Mtn, S side
Mt. Booker, from E
Mt. Booker and Buckner Mtn, from E
Hurry-up Peak, S side
Johannesburg Mtn, S side
Snowqueen, E side
Mt. Chaval, E side
Skadulgwas Peak (L) and Mt. Higgins (R), S side
Three Fingers and Whitehorse Mtn, from NNE
Three Fingers, E side
Three Fingers, from SW
Three Fingers, from NNE
Flying around the snow-encased fire lookout on the summit of Three Fingers.
(Click here to go to a trip report for a winter ascent of Three Fingers in March 2010, where a friend and I climbed up to the lookout, dug out the door, and slept inside. A 5-star snowcave!)


Sloan Peak, NE side
Mt. Pugh, E side
White Chuck Mtn, E side
White Chuck Mtn, from N
clouds pouring over ridge
fog in valley


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