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TritonTheDark OP t1_j1s2ukz wrote

Camera settings: 60mm, f/10, 1/60s, ISO 250

Going to this place was one of the best decisions of my life, and one of the best trips I've ever done. Typically it's more popular with rock climbers, but we went in the beginning of September which meant we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Not to mention beautiful autumn colors and no bugs! We experienced all sorts of weather, including snow squalls, rain, high winds, sub zero temperatures and beautiful blue skies. It is extremely remote with lots of logistics to deal with for getting there, but it's worth every bit of effort and money.

If you'd like to see more from this trip I have them posted on my website.


JGCities t1_j1su2pg wrote

Does seriously look like something from LOTRs

We owe those movies a lot for showing us some insanely beautiful (real) places that most of us will never get to see in person.


[deleted] t1_j1t9nih wrote

wow, that doesn't even look real. looks like something made up for a movie or something.


DCtheBREAKER t1_j1thm67 wrote

Looks like terribly unstable face. I can see cleavage marks and rock fall scars that are pretty fresh


Clinggdiggy2 t1_j1tjfzp wrote

The way the story goes, the mountaineer that "discovered" the range was frustrated he couldn't summit the mountains, as he was a mountaineer not a climber, so he named them the unclimbables. Ironically enough, just over 5 years later it saw its first ascent. It's now considered one of the 50 best climbs of North America,


Clinggdiggy2 t1_j1toz6w wrote

You're absolutely right, in both instances You're climbing things (even the same mountain occasionally) it's just the means by which you get there. The TL;DR explanation is "climbing" is specifically centered around vertical cliffs, while mountaineering is a more all-encompasing sport focused on sumitting mountains. Basically climbing is more specific than mountaineering.

If you're curious to know more, look into the Yosemite Decimal System, it is how climbs/mountains are rated in difficulty (in the US) and gives a quick numerical value as to how hard a mountain is to summit (via a particular route) and gives a rough idea of what to expect.


tiago_nc t1_j1txoem wrote

Looks like a screenshot from Asgard in GoW Ragnarok


Chromattix t1_j1u5xyf wrote

The rubble at the bottom is an interesting example of how forcefully the rocks come down. They're piling up into a ridge, probably because they just keep tumbling until they smack into it and probably even get launched up it to make the higher parts.


Foxfire2 t1_j1u8nx3 wrote

This looks to be granite, which is pretty stable and climbable as far as rock faces go. So yes, rock sections do occasionally fall, even some really big ones, but not likely to be a problem during a climb, they happen more in the depth of winter and during storms. The small handholds and cracks will hold body weight and placed equipment will hold seriously long falls on them.


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asimonv t1_j1uw6ec wrote

Canada's Torres del Paine.


ofrm1 t1_j1vi3cd wrote

Aah, the Ragged Range. I'm so happy that I see this on here so rarely because it means it's still relatively unknown and untouched. You basically need to charter an aircraft to get to the Logan Mountains.


gu_butler t1_j1vular wrote

What a breath taking view. What camera are you using?


brett1081 t1_j1w4b9w wrote

Great shot of the Lotus Flower Tower.


billythekido t1_j1w7uxu wrote

Views like that should never been taken for granite!


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1w9wq7 wrote

They are pretty stable granite faces as far as I know.

The main danger is ice/snow detaching and crashing down, which is why these are summer climbs. We watched (and heard) this happen while hanging out in one of the meadows, was awesome. Sounds like thunder.


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1wa82e wrote

I can't ever see it blowing up. It's too hard to access and Parks Canada does a pretty good job of managing the visitor load. In fact it's actually gotten harder to access since there is no longer a relatively affordable helicopter in there.


shuckster t1_j1wl9x9 wrote

That’s a pretty sweet mountain.


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1wldkn wrote

He's still running his float plane, but he no longer runs his helicopter. The price has gone up quite a bit but it's still a damn good price considering the flying time and the free lodging/food/beer.

There are other spots in the park I want to access but it's gonna be a huge pain in the ass without his helicopter, or a huge pain in the wallet bringing in a helicopter from farther away 😂


ofrm1 t1_j1x5es3 wrote

Yeah. I heard he dropped his helicopter, probably because it wasn't financially worth the maintenance cost to keep it in working condition. I mean, the helicopter is just about required unless you're fine with carrying the bags up to Fairy Meadows which I've heard is a nightmare. Perhaps you can give some insight as to how bad that was to get to the Cirque.


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1xnm7v wrote

The hike is steep but it's not terrible in normal conditions. Unfortunately I did it with a fucked up knee, so between that and carrying 60lbs up there was a good amount of pain and suffering involved haha. But otherwise would have been fine.

And yeah his main driver of business was all the natural resource operations up there and a lot of them shut down, and he was unable to sustain the heli on just park/sightseeing stuff.