A Daunting Sight

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A Daunting Sight
An image from the weekend and one I will never forget: the north ridge of Walter Peak (Lyell 4), a mountaineer’s dream both visually and technically. I spent a few days on the Lyell Icefield with my wife/freelance writer Meghan and friend/mountain guide Mike Stuart to capture some images for Canadian Alpine Guides. After spending dawn and sunrise taking in the fantastic views from the three most northerly Lyell Peaks, we arrived at the base of Peak number 4, the crux of the famed Lyell traverse. The peak was corniced along most of its length, which forced us to venture onto the exposed west face more often than not. After a few exciting moments on 70-degree snow, we reached the sun-drenched summit. Walter Peak, Lyells, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

f/8.0, 1/180, ISO 200, 27.0mm.

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