DescriptionMy 2nd summit of Denali was June 22 2003, so the 2nd longest day of the year. Though Denali is located slightly lower than the Arctic circle, its height almost makes up for it and the sun never really sets in this period.This is the view from the summit, the summit itself is not in the image. What you see is the last part of the climb to the highest point of North America, Mt Denali, sometimes called McKinley. It's a wonderful climb and the last section takes you over knife edge ridges while showing you the wonders of icy Alaska; the huge mountain in the back is Mt Foraker. Most climbers on this image are going down, while I was taking some more pictures, warmly covered in a big down jacket..Though it looks peaceful it was bloody cold this moment and my video camera quit after about 10 seconds of battery time. My Camera lasted longer, the old trusted EOS3 worked like a charm. This is the first and last time I used Kodachrome 64 slide film. Not because I do not like it, but because they are very hard to get and getting them developed is a pain (have to send them to Switzerland.) But the detail, colour and the sharpness of the 35mm Kodachrome slides is impressive, it will take a few more new generations of digital cameras to beat this...
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..