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Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Congratulations to Sean Goebel for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 18 votes - View Previous Winners


I've snowshoed out to Yosemite's Glacier Point a few times. It's a bit over 11 miles each way from the end of the plowed road. I originally did this several years ago in order to photograph the firefall from the valley rim. I did it again with a friend a week ago. I didn't achieve the photographic objective of that trip, but I did catch some fantastic conditions.

The first two photos are from Tunnel View, where I stopped on the drive in. I never thought I would post Tunnel View photos here, since it is quite popular, but I rather like these two shots. I knew the nearly-full moon would rise between Clouds Rest and Half Dome, and I was surprised that no other photographers were present for moonrise. There was one guy with a 100-400 who walked away a minute or two before the moon rose.

After that, I hiked through the night to Glacier Point. My partner and I dragged a sled of gear behind us. We had a beautiful sunny day at Glacier Point, and then that following night a storm blew in. About 8 inches of snow fell. In the morning, for a short time the valley cleared, and I was amazed at the views. The valley then filled with clouds; the scenery was gone and the storm resumed for the rest of the day. We had to break trail all the way out, and so the hike was much slower and more strenuous.





A rainbow on Bridalveil Fall







The moonrise was partially obscured by clouds, but I still managed to get this.







A brief spotlight hit Half Dome as the storm approached.







Moonrise over the Clark Range at sunset. This is a single exposure. I did not add in or reposition the moon.







Our campsite in the morning. We knocked the snow off the tent before emerging so that it wouldn't fall on us.







Liberty Cap and Nevada and Vernal Falls







My favorite shot: the storm breaking in the Valley.







Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.




Mar 31, 2024 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Boy, I admire your dedication. Nice photos.

Jack



Apr 01, 2024 at 06:07 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Fantastic, iconic shots. The low clouds and mist add a brooding atmosphere, and you caught some great light through that. Well done!


Apr 01, 2024 at 09:52 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Really wonderful set of images.


Apr 01, 2024 at 11:24 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Nice work, both the hike and the photos. I much prefer skis for such trips, so much easier on the downhill!


Apr 01, 2024 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Fantastic, and well worth the effort. Jealous of your campsite!


Apr 03, 2024 at 04:08 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Great adventure, Sean, you brought back some spectacular images!!


Apr 03, 2024 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Wow what an amazing set of images! Going there in the winter has been on my bucket list for years but haven't managed to do it.


Apr 04, 2024 at 10:07 AM
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Wow, great photos. Winter in Yosemite has its own special place with so much beauty all around and not a huge crowd !.


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Love these!


Apr 04, 2024 at 11:47 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Thank you for the comments, all.


Apr 05, 2024 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Wow!

Impressive images with little/no alterations. And the solitude of that winter wilderness. But I think I'm most impressed by the tent image. It gives a sense of what you put yourselves through to enjoy the winter solitude.

Bravo!

Robert



Apr 07, 2024 at 09:22 AM
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Nice.

I've camped out there a couple of times in winter, but it has been years.



Apr 09, 2024 at 10:38 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Amazing images. Wish I was younger and still had to health to hike and capture these beautiful photos. Well done. Two thumbs up.


Apr 13, 2024 at 12:13 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Congrats to you for the win here, and the win for what you went thru and achieved...Beautiful pictures and a great story to go with it. -Congrats-


Apr 13, 2024 at 10:51 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


An amazing adventure and beautiful images! I've seen a lot of Yosemite pictures but not from some of the vantage points that you had (and worked hard to get). Congratulations on an impressive hike, for getting these gorgeous images, and for the win.

Jon



Apr 16, 2024 at 08:56 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


great cahpture. thx for sharing the view and the snow condition.

did you pitch the tent on an incline or is it just the angle of perspective?



Apr 16, 2024 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Snow Camping at Yosemite's Glacier Point in a Storm


Looks like a great experience and you managed to grab a few great shots along the way. Really like the mood in that third image.


Apr 18, 2024 at 10:00 PM







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