Mountain Light (Explore #1 - Thanks!)

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2 nights
12 miles of hiking (6 in pitch black)
Ferocious winds
Sketchy river crossings
Legs frozen solid
Iceberg-caused bruised shins
A shout-at-the-top-of-my-lungs view
And a camera

That's what it's all about!

Thanks for looking,


chris lazzery, jlindhardt, and 230 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Eloise Claire 22 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo! Mt Cook can never look bad but you've made it look absolutely fantastic! I love Mt Cook so much! Can't say I'd like to be out there during sunrise or sunset, scary!

    Congrats on explore! So good!!!!

  2. Laurence  22 months ago | reply

    Does Explore definitively determine what a winning shot is? Not really. It's subjective. In this case, yours, with you standing in the water, defines the aspiration of individuals that are willing to go the distance, and are capable of doing so. Congratulations on your personal achievement. Wear it well.

  3. René Wagner 22 months ago | reply

    Great shot. Brings back memories of the epic helicopter mountain fly-overs from the LotR movies. I love the bit of alpenglow on that distant summit in particular. You haven't by chance captured that in a separate shot at a longer focal length?

    In any case, thanks for putting NZ back on my places-to-visit-with-a-camera map :)

  4. billpan45 22 months ago | reply

    Applause to you for the great photo. I like how the foreground ice suggests a reflection of another mountain.
    Applause to you for the ambitious hiking, something I wish I had done with more dedication as a younger man. You must see the greatest sights.

  5. peter niu 22 months ago | reply

    Wow, so impressed by the photess, and Hat off for the way you shoot them !!

  6. 22 months ago | reply

    Stunning effort and stunning shot!

  7. vtgohokies 22 months ago | reply

    simply amazing

  8. E.Mill 22 months ago | reply

    superb capture!

  9. Jeff Eickhoff 22 months ago | reply

    Holy smokes. Fantastic comp, light, ice, everything. Daaayum.

  10. coulombic 22 months ago | reply

    This is exceptional. Not simply the view, but the lengths through which you went to get it. If ever you're looking for a hiking partner (and if ever I have time off), I'd gladly go.

  11. anadeluz 22 months ago | reply

    wonderful light / composition - wow..
    *congrats Explore

  12. olive292 18 months ago | reply

    Super cool!!

  13. Bardsea Photography 18 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Capture Absolute Jaw Dropper

  14. Daniel | 16 months ago | reply

    Love it. Stunningly amazing.

  15. Cassiopée2010 13 months ago | reply

    magnifique prise !

  16. valentino * 10 months ago | reply

    bella fotografia

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