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Pearl Peak by Moonlight # 8893

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Date: 2006.08.13
Vantage Point: From a basin southwest of Polar Bear Peak.

Caption: Pearl Peak massif at night. The summit of Pearl Peak is the snow pyramid on the left.

PhotoDescr: Taken from my camp on the last night of an 11-day trip into the Ape Lake area. I had just arrived at the basin southwest of Polar Bear Peak after spending the day trekking out from Ape Lake. I was about to climb Polar Bear Peak in the morning, and, with good weather continuing again, was pretty excited.

I awoke in the middle of the night (was just after midnight) and took a look outside to see Pearl Peak lit up by the nearly full moon. (It was actually about 3 days past full moon). So I set up my tripod and took this photo. Was a 30 second exposure and you can actually see the relative motion of the stars due to the length of time elapsed. I had a hard time going back to sleep after seeing this!

This massif is prominently seen on the way into Ape Lake and is the source of plenty of thundering noise as ice breaks away, to avalanche into the Noeick River Valley below.

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