Skolai Pass has rocked into March 2010. This month’s edition of backpacker magazine, which I wrote about earlier, has a full page image of mine from Hole in the Wall, accompanying an article about hiking the Goat Trail. And this month’s edition of Popular Photography includes another photo from Skolai Pass by photographer Doug Roane, taken on one of last year’s Skolai Pass Photo Tours. Check out a large version of Doug’s amazing photo here. Better yet, take 15 minutes and browse the collection of images on Doug’s website. Awesome stuff!
Doug’s photo was voted 2nd place in the March “Your Best Shot” competition. Huge congratulations Doug, a recognition well-earned. Unfortunately the magazine doesn’t have the image posted online, but if you grab a copy of the magazine, you’ll see it in print. Better yet, for just over a hundred bucks, you can buy a gorgeous 16″x20″ print off Doug via his website; it’s a fantastic photo, and I’m sure the print would like awesome hanging on your wall.
And, for the record, the photo is entirely Doug’s – he found the location, the waterfall, scouted it out, and headed down at first light to shoot it. I had nothing to do with this brilliant composition at all. I was busy sucking down coffee.
As I wrote in my recent post about the Hole in the Wall, Skolai Pass holds a special place in my heart. I saw my first ever grizzly bear there, first Dall sheep, first real glacier. My first ever hike in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park was from Skolai to Glacier Creek, down the infamous Goat Trail, and across the Chitistone River. I’ve spent SO many great times up there. When my parents came to visit me in Alaska for the first time a couple of years ago, I had to show them the place, and we flew over the area.
This year I’ll be back up in the area again, and look forward to the experience. Now Doug has set a new standard for photos from Skolai Pass, so my work is cut out for me. I can’t expect to match his portfolio, but I’ll see if I can at least make a respectable effort. This Sept 02-09 I’ll be there leading a Photo Tour, and will probably hike through the area earlier in the summer as well, en route down the Goat Trail to Wolverine. Can’t wait! If I can come home with an image even half as strong as Doug’s great shot here, I’ll be more than pleased.