12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Goggling at Mt. Asgard
Hiking on a glacier is like walking on a globe. You can see the horizon but it is not getting any closer. It was exactly how I felt when I was hiking across the Turner Glacier on Baffin Island. The route took me hours. It was my longest 15 kilometers ever, mainly because I was carrying 2 weeks of supplies tightly packed in my backpack and I was making my way through 30 centimeters of fresh snow.
When I reached the point suitable for my basecamp, I set up my tent in the middle of the glacier with spectacular views of surrounding peaks. The Auyuittuq National Park is a home to some of the most remarkable mountains and cliff faces on the Earth. Mt. Asgard featured on this shot is undoubtedly one of its crown jewels.
This picture was taken a few hundred meters away from my base camp. I was enjoying this view for 3 days that I stayed there. The weather changing from snowstorm to clear sky created a spectacular light show. I could sit and goggle at Mt. Asgard forever. Unfortunately the cold weather prohibited me from sitting still. I had to be on a constant move to avoid frostbites.
The photo showcases the famous north face of the double cylindrical towers of the Mount Asgard. It stands 1600 meters from the glacier and features 1200 meters of vertical wall.
Note: The foreground featured in the glacier is not a crevasse. It is one of many channels in the glacier carved by water coming from a thawed ice in the summer.
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||Nov. 24, 2014, 12:05 a.m.