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Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures. Enjoy!! ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, December 11, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #84:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #84: Probably the last photograph anyone takes this day, Gordon Williams (photograph © copyright Gordon Williams 2017) catches the full view from the ridge above Pioneer Cabin as Peter Eaton (front) and I (2nd), slowly ascend. You can see we have been skiing around the cabin quite a bit during our stay, but nothing like what awaits us on the other side of this ridge. You can also see our packs rising above our heads and giving all of us very awkward skiing balance. If you will look back at post #62, you will see exposed boulders at the top of the ridge (foreground), and then a hill below that has trees. Imagine all of that is now covered in deep snow. Just beyond the boulders there is a steep drop into a broad meadow. This is the last open-slope we will ski before entering the trees. Hefting an unwanted pack, and strapped onto two slick boards, Chris Korody takes one look at the drop, and starts to regret leaving the cabin. Minutes later he is facedown, out in the meadow, and buried beneath pack and powder. We dig him out quickly, but he has twisted his back badly, and is in a lot of pain. He cannot stand! We all know something very real is unfolding. The weather is clear, REALLY cold, and quite windy. We have an immovable man down and a LONG way to go to get out. There is little time to waste if we are to get help. Jon Davis elects to stay with Chris, so we leave them fuel, stoves, and a shovel with which to build a snow cave. The rest of us go for it. Someone needs to get to the helicopter pad before dark. Gordon, DeMornay, and I are probably the best skiers, so we take off using steep and scary descending lines of traverse through the trees. More than once we are dismounted because branches snag our packs, and it is exhausting getting back up out of the powder. Sweaty-wet and only a little worse for wear, Gordon and I hit the valley floor around 2:30pm. We gulp some snacks and water, re-lace our boots, and launch into a flat ski of several miles to reach the closest plowed road. It will be dark around 4:30 and it would be best to rally a copter and get our friends now, so they do not spend the sure-to-be sub-0-night exposed. About 3/4 of our ski out, I succumb to terrible heel blisters on both feet and cannot keep pace with Gordon, so he pushes ahead. The last yards are very painful for me, but just as dusk nears, and I come into view of the plowed highway, Danny Danielson and Gordon, pass overhead in the helicopter. Relieved, I await my remaining friends. By the time we all get into town, the copter has returned, and Chris is resting, warm and reasonably comfortable in the hospital. He will recover, and visit the cabin many more times.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"



Monday, December 11, 2017
Galactic Cannibalism   
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #58:
Immaculate, #58:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekly Post: The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Friday, December 8, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #75:
Daze, #75: Sometime during the night, the wind backs off, and the next day dawns sunny with very high cirrus clouds. We eat a great breakfast standing in the warmth of the sunlight, and then we gear-up and go skiing. For some miles, snowmobile tracks make for perfect conditions to stride and glide, and wonderfully, there do not seem to be any snowmobilers around today, so we ski in relative quiet, except for the squawk of an occasional bird. We are not going anywhere in particular, we are just trying to get close to the major peaks in the range and gain a little altitude. Not long after leaving tracked terrain, we push up through untouched snow, onto a sunny plateau with a great view, so it becomes our lunch break. A few clouds appear, but the weather holds and the sun remains, so we take our time enjoying the solitude, and then start a really fun ski back DOWN to the parking area and the van. It appears we are going to have a windless night, with snow perhaps coming the next day, but for now dinner is very comfortable, and as it turns out, we are going to enjoy a STUNNING sunset while sitting in our sling chairs on the roof.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!





Thursday, December 7, 2017

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #15:
Wind River, #15:  After a really pleasant day atop White Rock surveying our surroundings, we wander back to our car camp at the bottom end of the lower Green River Lake. We do not have an afternoon storm, so we have a pleasant dinner with Gordon around a campfire,..and then he departs for Idaho, because he needs to be back for his job. Chris, Cathy, and I, send him off and slumber early, as we intend to backpack into the depths of the Green River Valley in the morning. The day breaks hot, with early weather coming in, so we get moving early as well. We follow the same trail from our day hike yesterday to the junction with the Clear Lake trail and the base of White Rock. Then we continue along it as it wends its way back down through the trees and onto the valley floor adjacent the end of the upper lake and the beginning of the river. It is a far more tiring hike today because we have full multi-day backpacks, and because it is hot. Hot enough to storm, and so it does. At first, the rain is refreshing, then it intensifies, and we can hear not-so-distant thunder. We are glad to be down in the valley when the storm rolls over us because the lightening is fierce and the thunder deafening. Some claps directly above us, make the ground shake. It is frightening, and we huddle in trees to ride it out. When it finally passes, we walk on a few more miles, and decide to camp at a very nice spot we find overlooking the meanders in the river. Dinner is uneventful, but we all agree, the storm was sobering, and it must have been REALLY scary if you were up higher in open granite.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
Expanding My Winter Consciousness
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #19:
Big Mountain, #19: Having struggled out of the “powder pit” created by a fall, my guides are back over their skis and seeking a line through the trees that will take us to a more open part of the slope, where I can get some shots of them in action. Note that everyone is carrying a sizable pack filled with avalanche and survival gear. I am skiing on downhill skis with Ramer bindings that allow me to be both heal-free, or locked down. These guys are skiing true Nordic wood skis with pin bindings, low boots, and no lock-down heals. We ALL are wearing knee-high wool socks, wool knickers, and wool sweaters with down parkas, it IS the tech of the time. Powder loved clinging to that wool though - LOL!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weekly Post: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #48:
The Yakutat Forelands, #48: If you look at post #67 in my Tongass blog, you will see the expansive ice field above the LeConte Glacier in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness. On that day of flying, there were a FEW blue pools on the surface, but most of it was a vast plain of white, with occasional crevasses. Here today, above the Guyot, descending into Icy Bay, things are VERY different. The rapidly melting surface of the Guyot is a nightmarish terrain of deep crevasses, hundreds, if not thousands of crystal clear blue pools, and every once in a while a notable moulin, where rivers flooding from the pools find a hole, and plunge down it, draining through the glacial sheet, and flowing out somewhere else, eventually dumping into Icy Bay.
photograph(s) © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum, @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #69:
ARCTIC, #69:  Stars, galaxies, clouds, supernovas - I am floating through the universe. I have been in helicopters elsewhere, but none as small as this, and with such a large field of view. Low and slow across this maze of rebound islands and increasing ice, the colors, patterns, and shapes before and below us are like nothing I have ever seen before, and certainly NOT what I thought the Arctic was supposed to look like. John is also VERY excited and enjoying this perspective because, as you will soon see, in a boat, at water level - the way he has spent most of his visits here - this looks very different and a good deal more intimidating. Right now it is just cosmic, and dazzling!

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #67:
THE TONGASS, #67: It is late in the day, but it is also summer in Alaska and the late light lingers, bathing everything in warm, slanting rays. Tonight, up here, it is no different, it is just that the world beneath the wing looks different. Real different! As far as I can see, even from the elevation in the plane, the field of ice stretches to a vast horizon, broken only by rock summits that poke through in clusters. There are some crevasses and a few few blue pools, but for the most part, the expansive whiteness is just gilded by patterns created by pressure from below, and wind sculpting from above. This is my first time to see such a place, and now I grasp the idea of this ice field spawning a glacier by squeezing some of this ice through a low point where it might begin to flow downward. The High Sierra must have looked like this when Yosemite Valley was being created. Yeow!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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