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A gigapixel image capture of the Columbia Icefield detailing all of it's flanks. Each vantage point will be from a summit, atleast six.

Columbia Icefield Plan for Geological Gigapixel Image Research

From St. Piran's Southslope looking over the Beehive above Lake Louise, AB
From St. Piran's Southslope looking over the Beehive above Lake Louise, AB

I will be undertaking a large project on the Columbia Icefield.  It will combine climbing quality and challenging routes along with acquiring large scale panoramic imaging of the entire Columbia Icefield.  This project is in part inspired by xRez/GlacierWorks collaboration in the Himalaya Range.  The idea came through the process of writing a recent article for the AAC Inclined Blog.

 My project will include multiple summits that surround the Icefield and on it.  The objectives have been chosen due to the quality of their vantage points of the Icefield.  Once on the given objective summit I will take the required panoramic in high resolution of the given scene.

 Objective locations:

MountWilcox—Icefields Parkway summit Panoramic for Eastern Flank of Columbia Icefield.  Need locations North and South of the peak on this flank. Alberta or Diadem—Panoramic for Northeast Flank of Columbia Icefield. Warwick—Panoramic for Columbia Glacier drainage.

Western Flank—Access Kinbasket Lake and location Tsar Mountain.

 Bryce—Southern Flank Panoramic

 Castleguard Meadows—Panoramic from highest point Southeast for the Saskatchewan Glacier.

 Mount Columbia—Center Panoramic Image of the whole glacier system

Castle Mountain near Lake Louise, AB
Castle Mountain near Lake Louise, AB

 I will be climbing these objectives with at least one if not two partners.  On the objectives that I have two partners, the goal would be to get me to the vantage point where I can wait for the weather and light to take the multiple shots required.  During my wait my partners would either, hang out or leave returning after the shots have been achieved.  Some climbs will be alpine style except for Tsar and Columbia, unless the weather window is long.   I expect Columbia and Tsar to be more Expedition style, atleast a week or more for each of those locations.

Along the Banff Jasper Hwy in Canada near the Columbia Icefields
Along the Banff Jasper Hwy in Canada near the Columbia Icefields

I want to do this ultimately to raise local awareness of our water source in my hometown of Portland, OR and include the various towns and cities that line the Great Columbia River.  The added bonus of this research/adventure will be that Geologists will have high quality images to gain visual access of remote locations for scientific study from their desktop or laptop short of ice cores and depth readings.

 I will also be obtaining images from various clubs and galleries including the Harmon Gallery, American Alpine Club (AAC) and Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) for comparison in my own gallery displays.  However, I have yet to hear back from the Harmon Gallery and I have not contacted the ACC.  I will be stopping by the American Alpine Club soon.

Climbing Cooper Spur on Mount Hood, OR
Climbing Cooper Spur on Mount Hood, OR

The above photo of me is by Tom Hanlon.    

This Project will be completed over the course of multiple trips that I hope can be funded by this Kickstarter Project Page.  The rewards listed will be from the first couple trips to the area.  However, it may take 2-3 Summer seasons to get all the necessary panoramic images...maybe more.    I plan on providing Dr. Mike Demuth with the final high resolution images to aid in his study.  He has been leading research on the glacier system of the Columbia Icefield for the past few years. 

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