Description Chogolisa is known as Bride Peak and it is here that famous climber Hermann Buhl died. I went on a non-commercial expedition with 8 South African members and us 2 dutch climbers. After all the crowds on the -beautiful- hike in on the enormous Baltoro glacier, it was nice to separate us from the main track in search of a way up Chogolisa, more than 7500m high.The old descriptions were outdated as an icefall was blocking our way and after I found our way past it, we could set up our tents here for ABC, Advanced Base Camp at 5500m. It was in the middle of a cirque, with steep icy walls all around us, releasing avalanches constantly, creating the sound of a busy railway station...Some days it snowed all the time and some nights like this one were really clear, though at the end the huge snowfall of this 2004 season stopped us from summiting. A great experience nonetheless, scanned from Provia slide, shot in July 2004. The light inside is from Marian's head torch, I told her to move her head a bit so I could capture the glow of the tent. The light in front of the tents is from my own torch, the light in the back if from the great torch in the sky :)
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..