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Expedition porters cross Concordia Glacier on the way to K2 in Pakistan’s Karakoram. (Galen Rowell, Feb. 1998)
Gabe Rogel framed this shot of Iraq veteran Ed Salau on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. Salau lost his leg during the Iraq war (April 2008).
For our 1977 cover contest, Wendell Mohling used a tripod to capture himself and his wife, Carol, at Denali’s Wonder Lake (Dec. 1977).
David Muench located the perfect vantage point for this sunrise at Grand Canyon’s Toroweap Point. Get there: http://backpacker.com/hikes/49508. (Dec. 2004)
James Barker caught an AMC hut worker about to finish the grueling, satisfying tas of resupplying the White Mountains’ Greanleaf Hut (Spring 1975).
The trick to candind wildlife shots? Patience, says Matthias Breiter, who waited for days to capture these cubs along the Brooks River in Alaska (May 2004).
David Tipling waited for two days at the edge of a snowfield near Oulu, Finland to catch this great gray owl swooping down on its prey (Feb. 2004).
Tom Till says stormy weather–like this rainbow scene in the Grand Canyon–creates an untamed, mysterious mood (June 1989).
Shooting the Northern Lights–as when Michio Hoshino did here in Alaska–requires a tripod for long exposures (Dec. 1999).
Richard Durnan shot this exotic wilderness in Great Sand Dunes National Park (Sept. 2002)
Here, a resident in standard Kalalau layering system helps an injured hiker (Linda McCrerey, summer 1975).
For these hard-to-shoot redwoods, Mark Katzman scouted a riverside site, where natural light came through the canopy (May 2007).