Seconds ticking like time bombs, I finally dared to make a minimal movement to push my hat back so that I could see. What I saw confirmed my worst fear. I was indeed on a fragile snow hump poised above the biggest crevasse horror that I had ever seen.
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|16,390-foot Mount Blackburn’s northwest side above the Nabesna Glacier seen from the summit of 16,237-foot Mount Sanford. Blackburn’s East Peak is on the left, the West Peak is on the right. Leading to Blackburn’s East Ridge are 13,280-foot Parka Peak, 13,650 and 13,860-foot Atna Peaks, and 12,741-foot Rime Peak.||Our group photo in front of Blackburn’s South Face. Our Southeast Ridge Route traversed the entire right skyline to reach the East Peak, which is near the center of the photo. The West Peak is near the photo’s left edge. The Kuskulana Glacier is flowing right to left between us and the heavily crevassed southern icefall. L-R: Jerry Hinkle, Gerry Roach, Barb Roach, Roger Grette, Rob Blair|
|The Double Cornice seen from Cornice Camp at 13,100 feet. Top to Bottom: Gerry Roach, Roger Grette, and Rob Blair. Above the semicircular crown face, you can see the ice axe holes through which I peered at the glacier below. Beyond the Double Cornice rises the 14,260-foot “Snave.” Photo by Barb Roach||Gerry approaching the summit of the “Snave.” Below is the entire Double Cornice ridge. Cornice Camp is on the farthest cornice near the top of the photo. Photo by Rob Blair|
|Goodbye to Cornice Camp. Looking back along the Double Cornice ridge. Cornice Camp was on the small protrusion left of the Double Cornice. The slope we climbed to reach Cornice Camp is the shadowed left edge. Rob Blair is poised on the ridge.||
Our view from the Perch.
The Fifteener is on the left, and the higher East Peak is on the right.
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