Sunday Night Non-Political Thread

It is Sunday night, I am tired of politics and in possession of a case of outrage fatigue. Therefore, I am going to show you the most bad-ass photo I have ever taken. It was taken in the Wind River range of Wyoming in June of 1995. It was pre-digital using a 35mm camera on time delay. Click to enlarge.


My buddy Mike and I had traveled to the Wind River Range to climb Square Top Mountain. That is Square Top in the middle, behind Mike.


We had decided to paddle to the base of the mountain and put in at Lower Green River Lake. We paddled across it, up a small stream to Upper Green River Lake, crossed it and then lined the canoe from the bank of the headwaters of the Green River for about four miles to the base of the mountain.

The next morning, we started up. We carried ice axes because we knew we would have to cross an ice field near the top. We followed no trail and then, before us, not marked on any map, appeared this waterfall.

It was about right here…
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I set up my camera on a rock and, while Mike waited, ran up behind him and got in place just as it snapped. This being pre-digital, there was no preview and you didn’t take do-overs very often. When we got home, this is the photo we had. It has always been one of my favorites.

We got up near the top but ran out of daylight and turned back before making the peak. We spent the rest of the trip fishing for trout.

The nice thing about lining a canoe upstream is that the return trip is a snap; no lining required. Here is a photo of me, paddle in hand, on the way out.


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24 Responses to Sunday Night Non-Political Thread

  1. notamobster says:

    All quite lovely! More, please! That waterfall pic is definitely badass. Because of the mist (I guess) it kinda gives the impression that you were a) photo-shopped in or b) in front of a green screen.

    I think it (that effect/look) adds something to the look of the photo.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I always thought it would make a cool album cover. Since Mike and I are both 100% devoid of musical talent, I don’t know what would be on the album.

  2. sortahwitte says:

    What great fun, a great place, and super pix. My friends and I used to make treks like that in West Germany. Too many people, though. Every time you walked over a little rise, there was a village. I still have my ice axe.

  3. Ray Davies says:

    Looks like you had a great time. I liked hiking in Yellowstone like that,no trails, no people lotta God though.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yeah, I have backpacked in Yellowstone too. We spent four days up the Green River and never laid eyes on a soul. When I was back by Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone, I ran into someone from my high school! If you want seclusion, avoid the National Parks and head for the wilderness areas.

      By the way, the river was running fast that June and the trail went up the other side of the river. Without the trouble of lining the canoe up the river, there would be no way of crossing. No crossing, no people!

    • notamobster says:

      “…lotta God though.”

      I sat alone on top of a (small) mountain, looking at the most beautiful sunset ever. It was creamsicle orange and at that moment, I knew there was a God. It was like he’d created it all, just for me to look at in awe.

      It looked a lot like the first (orange) pic in this post[click to enlarge]:

      Sadly, I was never much for taking pictures. It’s one of the few regrets I have in life.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Here is a photo I took of Fremont Peak in the Wind River Range. I climbed it in 1986 and lost my ice ax trying a second time in 1999. Click to enlarge.


  5. Uke says:

    RD, after viewing your shots (and many other awesome ones), I’ve always wondered how its done. I’ve always been fascinated with good photog work, but could never produce the same.

    Could you create an OT thread explaining a few simple tips on how to produce the sort of results you demonstrate?

  6. Greg says:

    Reminds me of when I was a ground pounder in Alaska, 172nd Light Infantry Brigade under then COL Swartzkopff. (1st Air Cavalry) Lots of mountains and outdoor scenery.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I served for a while in the 205th Brigade which was the USAR roundout brigade for the short lived 6th Light Infantry Division (Arctic). The 6th is what the 172nd had been elevated to. I have been to Alaska, but only as a soldier.