2014 has been an exciting year here at Paul Zizka Photography. I was fortunate to spend a considerable amount of time in some of the most beautiful parts of the Canadian Rockies. One of the highlights of my year as a photographer occurred while shooting for Mount Robson Provincial Park in October, and I thought I would share the experience by putting a blog post together.
The entire Robson experience was a highlight – photographing caves under glaciers, obscure summits and icebergs – but as a photographer it is hard to beat flying over a landscape. I got to do just that for a few hours, along with ranger Jesse Milner and Yellowhead Helicopters. In glorious weather and light, we buzzed around the King of the Rockies for quite some time, getting dropped off on the summit of Rearguard Mountain along the way for a few land-based photographs. It was a rather bumpy ride, especially when we ventured right along the summit ridge, with both doors off, feet dangling. But thanks to pilot Dale it was quite a memorable experience and I am back to write about it!
Here are a few highlights from a thrilling trip up high with the King!
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Adolphus Lake, Berg Lake & Glacier, Robson Lake & Glacier and Mount Robson.
So much ice. The Berg Glacier leading up to the sunlit North Face.
First light on Hargreaves Lake, Hargreaves Glacier, Whitehorn Mountain and Mount Phillips.
First light on Berg, Mist and Hargreaves Lakes, and the north side of the Robson Massif.
First light on Berg and Mist Lakes and their namesake glaciers, and the west side of the Robson Massif.
The Emperor Ridge (L) and the Wishbone Arete (R).
Some of the selfies happened by accident. It was a challenge keeping a composition when things got bumpy! Fuhrer Ridge (L) and North Face (R).
The North Face of the King, with the gargoyles and snow mushrooms of the Emperor Ridge.
The incredible summit ridge of Mount Robson.
Flying high. Above the Fuhrer Ridge and the summit pyramid.
A view of the Fuhrer Ridge, with the North Face, Robson’s shadow and Whitehorn Mountain on the far right.
The amazing North Face of Mount Robson.
The impressive Emperor Ridge.
Kinney Lake and the lower surrounding ranges.
Mount Robson casts its triangular shadow over the surrounding peaks.
The obligatory selfie with one of my favorite mountains in the Rockies: Whitehorn.
A lot of relief here: the Northside of Mount Robson, and the entirety of the Berg Glacier, from the North Face to the lake.
East face of Whitehorn Mountain. Looking forward to a shot at climbing that one next summer! By Paul Zizka.
Our ride: Yellowhead Helicopters trying to land on Rearguard Mountain.
The most popular way to climb Mount Robson: the Dome and the Kain Face. The Fuhrer Ridge is also visible on the right.
Above the Robson Glacier.
Robson Glacier crevasses and seracs.
Mighty Twins: Whitehorn Mountain (L) and Mount Robson (R).
Whitehorn Mountain, the peak that looks good from any angle!
The King and its shadow.
West aspect of two giants: Whitehorn Mountain on the left, and Robson on the right with the lenticular cloud.
Details of the Robson Glacier crevasses.
North Face of Mount Robson (in sunlight), the Helmet (icy bump on the left), the Dome (in sunlight at the back) and the Emperor Ridge (right, foreground).
Sunlight on the summit of the Rockies’ highest peak. The entire route from Kinney Lake (right) to Berg Lake (left) is also visible, including Emperor Falls.