Approaching Lake Blanche in January

It’s almost…no, not almost…it IS amazing what the snow covers….

Approach to Lake Blanche Utah in January


26 responses

  1. Quite a difference out there in the snow. I would imagine you really need to know what you’re doing, hiking in the mountains at this time of year. 😯

    January 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    • Yes, quite a difference, Adrian…and I do check the local avalanche website before venturing out there…and staying close to home or in less threatening places when in doubt….

      January 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

  2. Wow, what a shot. It looks really arctic cold. I can hear the squeaky crunch of snow under foot and sense the cold, crisp, blanching fresh air. You have a great sense of adventure, Scott.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:37 am

    • Thank you, John…one of those “few and far between” shots, in my opinion…and yes, lots of the “squeaky crunch of snow and the…cold, crisp, blanching fresh air.” All of those things…and each time I go out there, my desire to return grows that much more…..

      January 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

      • …that desire to be at one with the world, to face the challenge…… be on the edge……….it cleanses the soul, does it not….

        January 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

        • It sure does, my friend…it sure does…..

          January 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

  3. haha, that’s one of the demotivating views I must handle sometimes, thinking then “come on, can’t even see the edge”, then stopping, taking a look what’s behind me (usually there’s some nice valley or oposite wall) and after minute start ascending again 🙂 keep going!

    January 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    • Yes, Bman…keep going!

      January 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

  4. Love seeing this view on my computer screen. That white, stark stillness. But I’ll pass on being out there in it. Are those a whole lot of footsteps going up there ahead of you?

    January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoy seeing it there, Gunta…it was quite a trek getting up there this time…and yes, those are footsteps going up ahead of us…not too many people have made it up there since the last snow, but enough to leave their mark in showing us the way.

      January 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

  5. Wow! I loved clicking the link for the comparison! Incredible!! And beautiful.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • Thank you very much, Melanie…I loved the contrast of the two images….

      January 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

  6. victoriaaphotography

    I suppose depending on which side of the mountain, it’s very deep snow.

    I’ve only ever been on designated skiing trails in the snow here is Australia, but when I was camping on the Swiss/Austrian border back in 1976, we (the group) woke up to find it had snowed overnight and our tents had sagged. I was one of the few who had a decent down sleeping bag and was warm as toast. Many of our group were very cold indeed.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…and yes, depending on which side you’re on and whether or not you’re in abit of a hollow where the snow has accumulated with the wind…it can be very deep….a few times we were in it beyond our upper thighs….

      It sounds like a bit of an adventure with your camping trip and I’m sure it could have been very cold in the wrong sleeping bag….

      January 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

  7. Oh yes, I like that!

    January 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    • Cool…thanks, Terry!

      January 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

  8. smackedpentax

    This is superb….so bleak and I can almost feel the cold.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:15 am

    • Thank you, SP…and yes, it was a wonderful cold!

      January 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

  9. I can sense the cold out there. Bleak but beautiful.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:06 am

    • You share my thoughts, Andy…thank you.

      January 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

  10. Wow,that’s quite a difference between summer and winter. That’s why I like visiting the same areas throughout the year. I think it gives me a greater appreciation of the individual seasons and how important each one is in the grand scheme of things.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:42 am

    • Yes, it is quite a difference, Allen…and I agree, it is so rewarding to see the places in the various seasons, hightening our appreciation of them…well said, thank you.

      January 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

  11. It looks like such a forbidding landscape. Sublime in the 19th Century Romantic sense.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

    • Oh, but so welcoming, too, Meanderer…it was a rush being there…not something I would ever have imagined for myself…so wonderful…..

      January 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

  12. Of course, this completely appeals to my minimalist loving aesthetic! : )

    January 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…I hadn’t looked at it with that eye, but it sure fits, doesn’t it?

      January 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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