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Jim Hewett near the bottom of Close to the Edge. After enlarging the constriction at 255 meters the 3 of us pushed the cave downward to 430 meters deep. Jim and I were waiting for Neeld to check the final lead and confirm we could go no deeper when I shot this portrait.We then began the arduous job of de-rigging our ropes and hauling them to the surface. #explore#cave#canada
Neeld Messler makes his way through a constriction at the bottom of the 255 meter deep entrance shaft. This is the crack we widened to allow us to barely squeeze through. I remember it taking almost 45 minutes to squeeze and shimmy down this head sized slot. On my first trip through a rock came tumbling down the passage while I was wedged inside. I couldn't move my head and could only watch it fall straight toward me. The rock broke the bridge of my nose but we still pushed the cave downward. #explore#britishcolumbia
Close to the Edge, Canada a Facebook post this morning reminded me of one of my first expeditions. Close to the Edge is a huge pit in the Canadian Rockies. Remote, cold, dangerous, it's entrance shaft is 255 meters deep. I was part of a 3 man crew that enlarged a blockage at thebottom of the cave and pushed downward to -430 meters. I remember riding south afterthe trip, crunching survey data in the back of a greyhound bus and calling friends from a payphone in Wyoming to announce we had explored what was the the second deepest cave in Canada. #throwbackthursday#britishcolumbia#explore
The Butler wash panel is a stunning, well known panel in the Bears Ears National Monument. Monday the President is expected to announce large cuts to the Bears Ears. Themonument was established over years through the hard work of local communities trying to preserve what they find important. I shot this image as part of my work on the @ancientartarchiveIt is an international effort to explore and preserve humanity's old stories as they are told on rock and cave walls.
Late autum sunrise. As we move toward the start of winter our days grow increasingly brief. Even though I live in the southern US, this time of year reminds me of just how far north we actually are. 14 hours of darkness last night. But as soon as winter officially begins days grow longer and spring seems just around the corner.
El Morro (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) has stood guard over Havana Harbor since 1589. It was built in response to raids on Havana Harbor. El Morro protected the port with a chain strung across the harbor's shallow mouth. Even today a cannon fires at 9pm marking the symbolic closing of the harbor. There are 2 additional El Morros in the Caribean. One stands in Santiago de Cuba and the other guards San Juan, Puerto Rico. The full name in Spanish refers to the biblical wise men who visited Christ soon after his birth. #cuba#lighthouse