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John Scurlock

Aerial photography of mountains & glaciers across western North America @jaggedridgeimaging

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Luna Peak, the great satellite of the northern Picket Range in North Cascades National Park, on a stormy April morning in 2017. Mt. Fury lurks behind at right; the southern Pickets are at left. This locale constitutes the wildest alpine heart of the lower forty-eight states, in my humble opinion. The view looks to the southwest. #aerialphotography #northcascades #nationalpark #alpine #mountains #climbing #skiing #flying #washingtonstate #jaggedridgeimaging
The classic view of Silver Star’s west face - a more-complete & frontal perspective compared to what one sees from the North Cascades Highway. The east and west summits are at upper right, and the Wine Spires are seen to the left of center. This image comes from a flight conducted in January 2017. #aerialphotography #northcascades #climbing #mountains #washingtonstate #skiing #flying #jaggedridgeimaging #silverstarmountain
Snowfield Peak from the south, with the weather deteriorating towards a winter storm. The image comes from a photographic flight conducted on January 21, 2014. #aerialphotography #climbing #northcascades #nationalpark #skiing #flying #mountains #jaggedridgeimaging
The west face of Bugaboo Spire, in Bugaboo Provincial Park, British Columbia. This photograph was taken October 28, 2017, on a flight from Valemount to Nelson. #aerialphotography #climbing #mountains #britishcolumbia #canada #jaggedridgeimaging #skiing #flying
Mt. Conrad from the northeast. Named for the legendary mountain guide Conrad Kain, it sits along the southern margin of the Conrad Icefield, north of the Bugaboos. The distant peak at right distance is Mt Templeman. This photograph was taken in October, 2017. #aerialphotography #mountains #britishcolumbia #bugaboos #selkirks #climbing #skiing #flying #jaggedridgeimaging #canada
Mount Bras Croche, right, is the northernmost peak on the Clemenceau Icefield. The name translates from French as ‘crooked arm’; the origin is not clear however, but may relate to an early trapper or aboriginal. The Clemenceau is somewhat discontinuous in this region, with its main body further to the southeast. The glacier at center is not specifically named on maps but instead is labeled as part of the larger icefield. The two summits at upper left center are Farrar and Mallory. These are essentially satellites of Bras Croche. This view, from September 2017, looks to the northwest, with the east face at far right. #aerialphotography #canadianrockies #canada #climbing #skiing #mountains #jaggedridgeimaging #flying #britishcolumbia #clemenceauicefield
The east face of Mount Wheeler in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. It’s name commemorates Arthur O. Wheeler, the great Canadian surveyor and founder of the Alpine Club of Canada. Mount Wheeler sits along the southwest margin of the Deville Neve in the Selkirks, about 25 kilometers south of Rodgers Pass. This image comes from a photographic flight conducted in October of 2017. #aerialphotography #britishcolumbia #climbing #skiing #selkirkmountains #canada #mountains #flying #jaggedridgeimaging
Mt. Ratz, at left, is the tallest peak on the Stikine Icefield. It’s one of Canada’s most isolated summits, and belongs to that select group of Canadian ‘Ultra’ peaks with prominence greater than 1500 meters. It’s named for William F. Ratz, a surveyor of this region who died at age 25 in Ottawa, in 1909. The peak at center right is not named, nor are the two glaciers, though they both feed the Triumph glacier (out of view in the foreground). This view looks to the southwest. Ratz has only been climbed three or four times since its first ascent in 1964 by Fred Beckey and Dan Davis. This image was made in April, 2009, on a photographic flight originating from Dease Lake, British Columbia. #aerialphotography #stikineicefield #canada #britishcolumbia #climbing #skiing #jaggedridgeimaging #flying #mountains #glaciers
Evening at Eldorado Peak, North Cascades National Park. The view looks southeasterly past Eldorado’s upper west face. Bonanza, the tallest non-volcano in the range, is at center distance. This image was made in late January, 2014. #aerialphotography #climbing #skiing #northcascades #mountains #washingtonstate #flying #jaggedridgeimaging
The volcano Glacier Peak on the afternoon of February 10, 2011. This is the northwest flank of the mountain. The Scimitar Glacier is at right; the Kennedy Glacier is at right center. The image was taken while in perfectly calm conditions. #aerialphotography #climbing #northcascades #skiing #mountains #glacierpeakwilderness #flying #washingtonstate #jaggedridgeimaging
Bridge Peak sits along the southwest margin of the Lillooet Icefield, above the upper reaches of the Lillooet River. This image, from January of 2008, looks to the northwest; it was taken during the course of a photographic flight originating in Powell River, BC. The Bridge Glacier is at upper right, but that also merges indistinctly with the main body of the Lillooet Icefield at upper center distance. The glacier at lower center is not named on maps. This region is about 165 km north of Vancouver. #aerialphotography #canada #britishcolumbia #lilloeticefield #skiing #climbing #jaggedridgeimaging #glacier #flying #mountains
Cloud torrent at Spire Point: I shot this in December 2008, my first flight with a full-frame camera, a Canon 5dMkII. It would be some time before I figured out how to get it to focus consistently but fortunately this frame was sharp. (that camera had a notoriously problematic autofocus system, corrected on later models). I used a color version of this image in ‘Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter In The North Cascade Range’. Spire Point is actually in cloud at left center. Beyond lie Dome, Bonanza, and, at distant upper right, the Entiat Mountains. The view looks southeasterly. #aerialphotography #northcascades #climbing #skiing #washingtonstate #mountains #jaggedridgeimaging #ptarmigantraverse #glacierpeakwilderness
The southwest face of Adamant Mountain, In the Adamant Range of British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains. Turret Peak is at left-center, and the Austerity Glacier is in the foreground. The tip of The Stickle is visible at right. This image was taken in September 2008. #aerialphotography #climbing #selkirks #britishcolumbia #canada #skiing #jaggedridgeimaging #mountains #flying #adamants
Pylon Peak is one of about six major summits in the Mount Meager volcanic complex or ‘massif’, located about 150 km north Vancouver, British Columbia, in the southern Coast Mountains. Pylon sits about 10 km south of the Lillooet River. That’s the Pylon glacier in the foreground, below Pylon’s northeast face. This photograph was made in mid-January, 2008. #aerialphotography #skiing #climbing #britishcolumbia #canada #coastmountains #volcano #mountains #flying #jaggedridgeimaging
The heart always returns to the great Pasayten Wilderness: Mount Lago’s north face, at left. It’s named for the pioneering USFS surveyor and original aerial photographer Lage Wernstedt, whose legacy is scattered widely across the North Cascades. At right, Mt Carru, named in honor of Lage’s horse packer Al Carru. And the distant peak at center? Lake Mountain... Lage’s 140th birthday occurred earlier this year. The view looks to the southeast. #aerialphotography #climbing #pasaytenwilderness #skiing #wilderness #washingtonstate #mountains #flying #northcascades
Cerberus Mountain, on the western margin of the Monarch Icefield of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. Cerberus is named for the mythical hellhound which eternally guards the gates of Hades. Despite the beauty of this peak, its name is part of the dark nomenclature of this remote region - Satan, Belial, Azazel, Ogre, and Dagon are other summits scattered across the central and western Monarch. This view looks to the southwest. #climbing #aerialphotography #skiing #britishcolumbia #coastmountains #mountains #canada #monarchicefield #flying
“On the north side, in its own fenced compound perhaps a mile across, stand the foundations of what is left of the small city of old stables used as barracks for male prisoners, long ramshackle sheds with black earth floors and missing slats and myriad chinks open to the weather. All but the sheds nearest the entrance had been burned down at war’s end by the Red Army, leaving a wasteland of charred chimneys like black stumps in the wake of forest fire. Vast emptiness, terminal silence, under an overcast withholding snow. Dear God. In the echo of desolation, what more witness could be needed? Vernichtunslager. Extermination camp. The name signified all by itself a mythic barbarism and depravity.” ‘In Paradise’, Peter Matthiessen, 2014 #auschwitz #birkenau #holocaust #deathcamp
Birkenau death camp. You will leave this horrifying place with no illusions whatsoever. #holocaust #auschwitzbirkenau #nazi #atrocities #genocide
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