Here’s another image of Mount Drum from earlier in the summer – one fine, crusty and cold morning up on the windswept Sanford Plateau. We traversed the plateau from the north-west side, where we’d landed by bush plane along the Sanford River. Rather than cross the Sanford River, a foolish maneuver, we hiked over the glacial moraine, just above where the river comes out of the bottom of the glacier. The river was fairly rippin’ along, with all the rain this summer, so I was glad we didn’t have to wade it – I’m pretty sure the folks on the trip were glad about that too.
Most of that trip we had cloudy skies and light drizzle, although the rain really wasn’t that bad. We did get one windy evening, that really rocked the camp – winds howled down from the nearby mountains, across the plateau, and slammed the tents we had pretty hard. Sergei even moved his camp to another sheltered site, just over a ridge, as his tent was getting hammered pretty hard. I doubt he’ll bring that tent on his next trip.
We got one evening of nice light, and one morning – other than that, the skies were overcast and not conducive to happy shooting. I’m just glad we happened to be camped where we were when the sun did manage to crawl through the cloudy blanket. This is a photo of Mount Drum, which was slightly northwest of our campsite.
Mount Drum, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.