Aasgard and the Core of the Enchantments

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  1. Bart Carrig

    Bart Carrig Supporting Member

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    I had the opportunity to hike the Enchantments, through the core with Dave Fantle on a blistering 1 day through hike all 20 miles on a "day" permit from 5 am - 9 pm, with camera, of course. I just read of a tragedy there last Thursday when a man from Dallas with his son camped (apparently at Coldchuck) and hiked up Aasgard in the morning; the son came down, dad was still coming down around 11:00 am and sadly fell and died there.

    On our through hike, we just went up, then continued through the core; snow and sleet at the top, but clearing weather along the rest of the hike. Absolutely gorgeous throughout with the dozen or so "enchanting" lakes and scenes.

    I have two photos in honor of the gentleman's climb to the top of Aasgard:

    #1 A little over midway up, looking at the Dragontail
    Enchantments-80 Asgard Trees Display-2-Edit.jpg



    And #2: Standing tall along Perfection Lake


    I'm sure the son is reeling from the loss, but I'm sure his father's spirit will always be there for him.


    Enchantments-213 Larch at Perfection Lake 01 Display-Edit.jpg


    Bart
     
  2. AlanLichty

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    Sweet pair of images and a fitting tribute. I love the diagonals in the first image and the contrasts of the larch and the rocks/lake/mist behind in the second are both well into printworthy territory.
     
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    Awesome, Bart. I especially like that larch image.
     
  4. Ben Egbert

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    Bart, these are both beautiful, and I agree with Alan, print worthy.
     
  5. Bart Carrig

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    Thanks Doug and Ben. It's such a beautiful place. I'll probably make canvas prints for these.

    Still kind of reeling for the family. To have such an eventful trip lead to such a disaster is so unfortunate.

    Bart
     
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    I had just gotten done watching Thor on TV when I saw your post Bart, so I had a totally different picture in my head as I was clicking on this. :rolleyes:

    It’s certainly a very cool location, especially with those conditions. Not sure on a favorite. I was going to pick #2, but the tree is just a bit too centered I think.
     
  7. Dean

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    Bart,
    Very sad news indeed..
    The pictures are truly incredible as is the trip itself. 20 miles in a single day with those elevation changes is simply amazing. I am in awe at your ability and enthusiasm for these things !
    Beautiful work and a nice tribute to that family.
     
  8. Kyle Jones

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    Beautiful images on what sounds like a great hike. Good reminder to be careful while hiking.
     
  9. Bart Carrig

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    Thanks, Dean. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get out there and do it.

    Thanks Kyle, I'm a great fan of your photo adventures and results, so it's nice to hear your kind words.

    Jim: Thanks, and I appreciate your suggestion on centering the tree. I tend to do that often (get something in my head and then close out other viable options for composition. I had seen the row of yellow larches along that peninsula on Perfection Lake from way up top, and before I saw "the tree" I wondered if I could isolate one against several layers: foreground rock; water, background formation of the opposite shore and the clouds. So when I got there, that's all I locked into. I usually take all kinds of options (just because I'm there). But here I neither sorted out the options, nor took that time, because in my delay, I was was falling way behind Dave (and we knew we still had "miles to go before I sleep").

    It is a reminder not to get too fixated on the original idea.

    Bart
     
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    Sunny Sra Well-Known Member

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    Bart,
    Wonderful set. I too was thinking Aasgard from Thor. I'm really liking that 1st one. Thank you for sharing
     
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    Nice work on both the photos and that big hike! I've been up there from both ends, but never did the through hike. Very sad about that guy falling on what sounds like icy snow. That trail is very alpine and steep and icy snow is unforgiving if you don't have crampons, ice axe, and know how to use them. Many people have died there - I think one of the problems is that it is such a common route people don't realize how dangerous it can be in the wrong conditions.
     
  12. Bart Carrig

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    Thanks, Jim. I know what an adventurer you are, and it shows in your photography. Going up Aasgard, I had just shorts and a t-shirt, but just as we got to the top, the mist turned to sleet and some snow. And I can't imagine trying that climb (up or down) in that stuff. After put on all the warm stuff I could find in my pack, the weather cleared, and we had beautiful conditions all the rest of the way.

    bart
     
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    wonderful photos, very sad about the other hiker.
     
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    Fantastic images, Bart. Especially the first one (for me).
     
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    Nice work, Bart. Were these made in the Land of Enchantment?
     
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  17. Bart Carrig

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    Thanks so much, Pepper, Carlo. It was such a great hike; not sure how often I could pull that off, but the excitement of getting there made the challenging, uphill slog almost enjoyable.

    Jeffrey, the Enchantments weren't named until about 1959; they are in the Cascades. The early explorers gave the dozen beautiful lakes located in the "core" zone, mythical names, that cumulatively, I guess, led to the cognomen: Enchantments. The nearest town is Leavenworth. They are bounded by the Stewart Range; a series of a dozen beautiful lakes. There are two lakes as you're heading down towards the finish called (cleverly) Nada Lake. All I can say is "wow".

    Bart
     

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