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Serac of Doom # 5355

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Date: 2003.08.25
Vantage Point: From NW shoulder

Caption: View up to the N ridge, W face and summit area of Queen Bess from the perched glacier below the west face, with the Serac of Doom visible.

PhotoDescr: The Mantle Glacier reaches up onto a bench below the west face of Queen Bess. The north edge of this glacial bench displays a fine hanging serac which drops ice chunks down onto the approach to the QB-Sussex col and threatens the diagonal couloir line on the true north face of QB.

The Munday couloir is the rightmost line partly out of the picture.

Kurt and I climbed up the short triangular couloir in photo center to gain the low point on the ridge. In whiteout conditions with fresh snow and blowing cloud we made it 30m along the ridge then decided to bail. By the time we were back here eating lunch it looked like this - we should have gone for it.

I was hoping for a serac collapse to spice up my photo but the serac of doom was actually pretty stable over the time we were there and only calved once the whole week long that we heard. Maybe it should be the Happy Serac of Joy?

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