Three Fingers Mt.

Discussion in 'B&W images' started by Jim Dockery, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Jim Dockery

    Jim Dockery Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2017
    Messages:
    2,370
    Likes Received:
    2,786
    Location:
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Home Page:
    3Fingers-Traverse.jpg
    This was taken on an attempt to traverse from Big Bear to Whitehorse Mt. a few years ago. As far as I know we would have been the first to do it if my crampons hadn't given me a terrible blister on the 2nd day. This was late on the 1st day as we raced the setting sun to the summit of Three Fingers.

    3FingersBW.jpg
    This is Three Fingers in winter taken from the north. The summit is actually the 2nd peak from the right. I got my blister from strapping my crampons too tight when descending the steep gully just right of the summit. The snow was very steep and hard in the early morning and we only had one ice axe each, so a slip of the foot would have been fatal (with two axes you always have an anchor when you remove one).

    Three-Fingers-Sunrise_Pano-bw1.jpg
    Three Fingers as seen from Lake Stevens (from the SW)
     
    BarryHamilton and AlanLichty like this.
  2. Ben Egbert

    Ben Egbert Forum Helper
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    9,793
    Likes Received:
    6,426
    Location:
    American Fork Utah
    Home Page:
    Wow, that winter view from the north (2nd Image) is a great view.
     
  3. AlanLichty

    AlanLichty Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2017
    Messages:
    10,293
    Likes Received:
    8,332
    Location:
    Vancouver, Washington
    Home Page:
    I love the scene in the second image.

    The story behind the shots here describes a spirit of adventure and risks that is far beyond activities I have engaged in through the years. The scene in the first image really doesn't offer clues to where this is without the second image for perspective and the second one doesn't really offer much scale without seeing the first one.
     
  4. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    Messages:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    2,056
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Home Page:
    Those Three Fingers images get a Thumbs Up.
     
    JimFox likes this.
  5. pepper

    pepper Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2019
    Messages:
    493
    Likes Received:
    333
    love the layering in the last two.
     
  6. Jim Sanderson

    Jim Sanderson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    473
    Likes Received:
    684
    Nice set of images and a good story to go with it.
     
  7. JimFox

    JimFox Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2017
    Messages:
    14,278
    Likes Received:
    9,997
    Location:
    SoCal
    Home Page:
    That view in #2 Jim is really awesome! It's too bad you both didn't have a 2nd ice axe with you. But still you came away with some really cool shots from that trip.
     
  8. Amy Nelson

    Amy Nelson Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2018
    Messages:
    658
    Likes Received:
    855
    Location:
    Olathe, Colorado
    I really like image # 2, great contrast in tones.
     
  9. Jim Dockery

    Jim Dockery Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2017
    Messages:
    2,370
    Likes Received:
    2,786
    Location:
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Home Page:
    Jim, our traverse attempt was in the summer when there wasn't a lot of snow. We hadn't anticipated much steep snow/ice work, so saved weight by bringing just a standard axe. That gully we descended isn't the normal route, but we thought it would work as a good short cut for the traverse. It wasn't until we were committed that we realized how hard the snow was and steep the lower section was. I was actually more worried about my partner than myself since he's more of a skier than a climber. I was so focused on the climbing that I hardly felt the pressure on my heel until I was out of the danger zone, but by then it was too late.

    Top-Thumb.jpg
    Here is a shot of Jeff on top of what we called "The Thumb" which is a peak along the ridge between Big Bear and Three Fingers. You can see it to the right of the summit in the third photo. No trails lead anywhere near here so we don't know if it had ever been climbed. We had been hoping to follow the ridge over to Three Fingers, but came to a huge drop off that would have taken many rappels with our single rope so we climbed back down the way we came up and traversed along below it. This whole endeavor is an example of the wild challenges still available right here in the Cascades.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Welcome to Focal World. As a Guest you have access to view the resources here. But it is totally FREE to Register and participate in the forums. If you find FocalWorld useful, please support it be Upgrading your Account to a Premium Account located in your Profile page. It is only $15 a year and will give you added ability of uploading photos directly from your computer and also the allows you to create your own Galleries. We will be sharing the Daily Featured Photos on FaceBook, Instagram and in a Pbase Gallery to help share FocalWorld with others and to draw in new users as they view the incredible photos shared here. All photos share will include the name of the photographer who took them. If you do not want your photo to be shared in this method please let me know. But hopefully everyone will participate in helping to spread the word of FocalWorld in this manner. Thanks, Jim Fox