Maybe because the cameras were rolling, or for reasons known only to him, the next morning Mauri decided to explore the Mazama glacier. This was his first go on the Mazama and it turned into a long, but wonderful day. We traveled carefully up the cravasse-riddled Rainbow glacier and over a saddle where we could see the Mazama [...]
It was a beautiful and striking place with humming birds buzzing around the vast icy canyon below. As on the other glaciers, Mauri pointed out bare rock and mud where ice used to be. A landscape he’s watched disappear for 27 years…
The team spent one day on the Lower Curtis, joined by photographer Denny Trimble. On this rapidly retreating glacier they explored a lanscape of ice caves and splintered seracs veiled in fog. Cory sent this report… From the beginning of this project, I’ ve been looking forward to exploring the Lower Curtis. I spent many snowy days at the Mt. Baker [...]
When Mauri says go, they go. When Mauri says stop, let me drop in this probe, they stop. But now, after more than 3 expeditions with the research team, the filmmakers have some guidance of their own.
The team returned from their second leg with plenty of success and excellent footage. Here you can see the timelapse work of climbing photographer, Steph Abegg, and read Cory’s first-hand account of their days on the Easton glacier.
Following the team as they moved from one cerrac to another, probing blue ice, and peering down each crevasse along the way proved to be even harder than my first experience in this beautiful place.
The glacier itself is the most unforgiving obstacle. It could careless about the agenda or the documentary. There’s always a slick patch of ice, a hole, or a gust of wind at the worst possible moment.
You don’t realize until you come down from the mountain. The work. The challenges. The weight. You find out that shooting expert glaciologists on a massive slab of rock and ice is… a whole hell of a lot of fun.
Our first foray onto the Columbia Glacier, we shot with the research team all day and quickly discovered that shooting on a glacier was going to be a unique and interesting challenge.
Mauri likes to call the hike from camp to glacier the “commute.” Ours was a bushwack and scramble with great views of water and rugged peaks. His was a rocky climb that took almost an hour.
When he can’t be outside, Denny Trimble toils away in the belly of a secretive local spaceship factory.