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Enchantments 2016: Time-Lapse & Landscapes

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In June we spent four days in the Enchantments to climb and capture images of the amazing scenery.  Images and videos are of the photography-focused part of the trip.  Our climb up the Stanley-Burgner route on Prusik Peak was a bit spicy and deserves its own special treatment in the near future.

 

time lapse of sunset, moon-rise, and sunrise with a gopro hero 4 black

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The hike into the core Enchantments is relatively short at just over 6 miles, but culminates with a butt-buster of epic proportions going up Aasgard Pass.  In ¾ mile you gain 2,200’ in elevation on snow and a rough trail best described as slippery kitty litter.  On our way up we were buffeted by 30+ mph winds, strong enough to make me lose my balance a few times while I trudged up the hill with over 60 lbs. of climbing, camping, and photography gear.

The first night was cold and windy, getting below freezing overnight.  Low flying clouds and mist swept through our site, and I spent most of the night with the top of the tent nearly pressed against my face from the wind.  Fortunately, the weather improved and we climbed the classic Stanley-Burgner route on Prusik Peak the next day.  A late start, a slower party ahead of us, and getting slightly off-route resulted in a successful summit but didn’t get back to camp until 3:30a.  I ate while lying down before going to sleep without feeling ashamed of myself.

After resting on day 3, we decided to get some sunset, sunrise, and time lapse photography.  Hiking north from Isolation Lake took us to a high ridge above Aasgard Pass and we could see Colchuck Lake below us and a multitude of peaks around us.  I was able to get some good images of Jim and the surrounding landscape as sunset approached with Dragontail Peak, Colchuck Peak, and Mt. Stuart behind him.

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climber among the enchantments
climber among the enchantments

 

rays of sun
rays of sun

 

looking down aasgard pass
looking down aasgard pass

 

I was also able to set up my GoPro to get night and time lapse photos of the sunset, moonrise, and sunrise.  For the first time my night lapse results didn't results in thousands of pitch-black images.  The time lapse video was stitched together with 1,600 images taken over eight hours.  My luck taking night photos ran out when I used my Sony camera.  In the dark I made the bonehead mistake of leaving on the lens cap, resulting in this fantastic image:

 

A beautiful night-time vista of the Enchantments.  Too bad it's obscured by the lens cap.
a beautiful night-time vista of the enchantments. too bad i forgot to remove the lens cap.

 

We did an open bivy on the ridge overnight, setting our sleeping bags on flattened patches of dirt left made by mountain goats.  The breeze and chill kept me awake so I only ended up sleeping a few hours total.  Every once in a while I got up to set a new camera position, but I was able to control the GoPro with my phone from the relative warmth of my sleeping bag in the dead of night.  The moment the sun hit our faces we instantly forgot the cold and enjoyed the sunrise. We descended a short while later, returning to our base camp, packing up and heading home.

 

Sunrise on Glacier Peak
sunrise on glacier peak

 

enchantments sunrise
enchantments sunrise

 

mt. stuart
mt. stuart

 

colchuck lake from aasgard pass
colchuck lake from aasgard pass. high winds and ominous clouds whipped towards us.

 

the view from our campsite
the view from our campsite

 

our approach to prusik peak
our approach to prusik peak

 

the view from prusik on pitch 4 of the stanley-burgner route
the view from prusik on pitch 4 of the stanley-burgner route

 

Here's a map of our bivy location. You'll be able to see more of the terrain if you click on the satellite view.

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