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Descending Mt Rainier by Joel Schenk
Tuesday, 4th November 2008

Descending Mt Rainier

by Joel Schenk

For me climbing mountains has always yielded some nice images, and our time spent on Mt. Rainier was no acception. We had summitted via the Kautz glacier on July 8th and ended up camping on top thinking that we would leave in the morning. Mother Nature had other intentions though as the weather turned for the worst, and the 3 of us were packed in our tent like sardines for 36 hours waiting for the blizzard to break. When we finally were able to descend, we choose the Emmons glacier and this was taken shortly after sunrise at an elevation of over 12,000.
Equipment: Olympus 8080 Wide Zoom
Joel Schenk
Outdoorsy type that likes to carry a camera around. Hopefully when nature presents itself on those special occations, I can capture a few frames.
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Descending Mt Rainier by Joel Schenk was photo of the day on Tuesday, 4th November 2008. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.



4th November 2008 at 2:39 am

for me, not for everyone, bur for me this is in my top three greatest photos of all time (that arent already famous)

Katherine Lee Strassburg

4th November 2008 at 4:18 am

This view helps me understand why some people like to climb mountains. The grandeur of this photo is heightened by the mystery of what might lie below that blanket of clouds. The only hint of warmth is that pale pink smudge of the sunrise. Amazing view!


4th November 2008 at 5:08 am

Awesome. It is like a whole new level of vision.
I wonder if you were able to enjoy the beauty at such low temperature and such high altitudes.

4th November 2008 at 5:24 am

thank you for taking me to a place that I will never be able to see in person. what a fantastic view of the top of the world. What is beneath those blankets of clouds? I can hear and feel the quiet and the crisp cold. Thank you


4th November 2008 at 7:27 am

A grand view. truly breathtaking. You have managed a perfect composition in such punishing conditions. even holding the camera still, must have been difficult.


4th November 2008 at 8:06 am


David Lynch

4th November 2008 at 8:11 am

my fav!

4th November 2008 at 9:10 am

This is so cool; the lone guy against the mountain, a great shot.


4th November 2008 at 9:53 am

I feel as if I can crunch through and then breathe in the soft raised crystaline snow powdwer! The rolling landscape of endless cloud with the light clarifying certain hills and valleys…it’s SO evocative. And that pink promise on the horizon….What a gift you have given us. THANK YOU for sharing that beauty.

4th November 2008 at 10:47 am

very nice summit shot. it is plain and simple and the standard colors are just complementing the scene.


4th November 2008 at 10:56 am

Heroic photography.

4th November 2008 at 2:11 pm

Amazing shot

4th November 2008 at 3:05 pm

This is Fantastic! Your love of climbing has given us a beautiful perspective. Thank you.


4th November 2008 at 3:13 pm

Very amazing, i can just feel the freezing temperature burr!! Great photo! :D


4th November 2008 at 3:29 pm

This shot is breathtaking. What a wonderful moment to capture – great job.

planet lover

4th November 2008 at 3:37 pm

Wow! Fantastic shot. I can only imagine the physical effort required to make it up and down a huge mountain like Rainier. I’ve climbed a few hills (in comparison) myself and I’m happy with that. Congratulations on your mountaineering and your photography!


4th November 2008 at 3:48 pm


4th November 2008 at 7:10 pm

This shot is able to suggest the enormity of the mountain in a way that traditional distant shots often fail. I feel the size, and the plummet and feel nervous in a good kind of way.

4th November 2008 at 7:30 pm

Amazing! Surely the reason why I consider Mt. Rainier the King of Seattle.

4th November 2008 at 9:54 pm

superb shot, Congrats!

Sue Gagnon

6th November 2008 at 1:28 am

Fantastical and surreal. :)


7th November 2008 at 8:40 pm

Wonderful shot.

Darlene Sy

8th November 2008 at 3:31 am

feels like i’m on top of the world

27th July 2009 at 11:16 am

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28th July 2009 at 2:27 am

nice shoot~ really like the scenery on the behind

25th September 2009 at 6:29 pm

What a view. It is like being in the clouds.


4th November 2009 at 8:43 am

Sure is a great shot, the world sure is a loney planet sometimes.

4th November 2009 at 1:56 pm



4th November 2009 at 3:10 pm

simply amazing! great shot!

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