Final Days in the Winds
I always have mixed feelings about leaving the backcountry at the end of a NOLS course. After leading 12 students through the mountains for ~30 days, I’m usually a bit tired, but I never really want to leave the backcountry. Every day there is a new, spectacular view, and I feel lucky that this job allows me to spend an extended stretch of time in such a raw, gorgeous wilderness.
Here are my last two panoramas from my trip over the summer. The first is an HDR (high-dynamic-range) panorama looking back at the backbone of the Winds as a storm cleared. I used HDR so I could capture the range of exposures in the clouds, foreground, and background. The gap in the hillside in the foreground provides a small window with a view of the sunlit core of the range. The second panorama (non-HDR) is actually from the previous summer, but taken at a similar location high on a mesa of rock just to the south of Kenny Lake. The third panorama is a double-stacked (non-HDR) panorama that I took while cooking breakfast on a steep hillside a few days later.