Mount Baker

On the Hog's Back

We (that would be Jake, Kyrin and myself) left Seattle after work on a Friday, ate some fast food and then rocketed up the Baker highway and finally the dirt road towards the base of the Coleman-Deming route. The road was closed about a mile and a half from the trail head, so we parked and went to bed after swapping stories with various Canadian ski mountaineers.

Marmot and Heliotrope Ridges

We woke at 5:30 and hiked to base camp above the Hog's Back, arriving around 11:30 am. This left us the remainder of the day to sit in the radiation bowl formed by Mt. Baker, and Lincoln and Colfax peaks. This resulted in a) boredom and b) severe sun burns for all. When the boredom got the best of us, we went to bed at 5:00 in the afternoon. Wind and loud people kept us awake until 8 or 9. 2:00 am came mighty quick, and we roped up (as this was the prudent thing to do) and started climbing up the Coleman glacier. After we'd ascended 1500 feet, we discovered that a pair of glacier glasses was still sitting back at camp. We pushed onward and upward, after deciding that a descent back to camp would kill the entire day. We had a truly half-assed plan of using prescription glasses and climbing tape to fashion glacier-worthy sun protection. This proved unnecessary as we were able to borrow ski goggles from one of the prudent mountaineers.

Arriving at Base Camp

After getting stuck behind said mountaineers for the climb up to the Coleman/Deming divide, we were able to get around them and continue the push for the summit. We attained the summit at about 9:30, ate a quick bite, and then bombed back down to base camp, and then, eventually, the car.

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Pringles Can Macro Photography

Pringles Macro Quarter Face
GW's face from a quarter
Macro Setup

Thanks to this guy, I went and built a super-cheap macro lense out of some spare camera parts and a used can of jalepeno Pringles®. (Stay tuned here for future macro photos.)

To demonstrate the powaof the Pringles Can System, first, we look at the ® symbol on some crap-ass light from Ikea in figures one and two.
Light Registered Trade Mark
figure one
Macro Light Exposed
figure two

This was taken at a minumum setting, meaning a 70mm lense flipped backwards at infinite focus... Next we play with a quarter, shown above, and just for scale, figure three is presented.

Macro Exposed
figure three

The robot in figure three's face was the next experiment, shown here:

Pringles Macro Robot Face

(Stay tuned here for future macro photos.)

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1999 Slab City Tour, revisited

Salvation Mountain Mobile, also

Thanks to the wonders of digital scanners, a nice group of slides has been turned into bits, and presented here for your enjoyment... This was the second trip to Slab City, Salvation Mountain, Niland, the Salton Sea, the Chocolate Mountain Impact Area and all that...the first time we were run out after being accused of stealing mopeds. (link to all photos)

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On Nevado Coropuna

Solimana from base camp

The account that follows, was transcribed in my journal during a 2002 trip to Peru (all photos here). Our intention was to climb Nevado Coropuna and Nevado Solamana. We suceeded in the first, and didn't even attempt the latter. It should be noted that the following text was taken verbatim from said journal (so forgive spelling and capitalization).

Peru Journal
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Gone Digital

Monster Seattle

I finally succumbed to technology and purchased my own digital camera. I am quite happy with it's initial offerings. Obviously, there will now be even more foto goodness going up...

The Sir


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