The Columbia Icefield

Joe Poulton is planning to climb several challenging routes on the Columbia Icefield while shooting large-scale panoramic images to document this melting section of the Canadian Rockies. While Poulton acknowledges that this project could take as many as two or three summer seasons, he's hoping to complete his work soon as, he notes on his Kickstarter page, "When we lose the Columbia Icefield we may have already lost other important glaciers in the Pacific Northwest." (Joe Poulton)

The Columbia Icefield

Joe Poulton is planning to climb several challenging routes on the Columbia Icefield while shooting large-scale panoramic images to document this melting section of the Canadian Rockies. While Poulton acknowledges that this project could take as many as two or three summer seasons, he's hoping to complete his work soon as, he notes on his Kickstarter page, "When we lose the Columbia Icefield we may have already lost other important glaciers in the Pacific Northwest."

The Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield is an icefield located in the Canadian Rockies, astride the Continental Divide of North America. The Icefield lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park. The Icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including the Athabasca Glacier, the Columbia Glacier, and the Saskatchewan Glacier.

(Joe Poulton)


The Columbia Icefield

"My project will include multiple summits that surround the Icefield and on it," Poulton writes on his Kickstarter page. "The objectives have been chosen due to the quality of their vantage points of the Icefield. Once on the given objective summit I will take the required panoramic in high resolution of the given scene."

(Joe Poulton)


The Columbia Icefield

To supplement the photographs that he shoots while completing the project. Poulton plans to obtain images from various clubs and galleries, including the Harmon Gallery, American Alpine Club (AAC) and Alpine Club of Canada (ACC). Poulton will gather these images "for comparison in my own gallery displays," he writes.

(Joe Poulton)


The Columbia Icefield

Some of the locations in which Poulton plans to shoot include Mount Wilcox, Alberta or Diadem (panoramic of the northeast flank of the Columbia Icefield), Warwick (panoramic for Columbia Glacier drainage), Bryce (panoramic of the southern flank), Castleguard Meadows (panoramic from the highest point southeast for the Saskatchewan Glacier), and Mount Columbia (panoramic Image of the whole glacier system).

(Joe Poulton)


The Columbia Icefield

"I will be climbing these objectives with at least one if not two partners," Poulton writes. "On the objectives that I have two partners, the goal would be to get me to the vantage point where I can wait for the weather and light to take the multiple shots required."

(Joe Poulton)


The Columbia Icefield

The Icefield was first reported in 1898 by J. Norman Collie and Hermann Woolley after they had completed the first ascent of Mount Athabasca. Parts of the Icefield are visible from the Icefields Parkway, but the Athabasca Glacier has receded significantly since its greatest modern-era extent in 1844.

(Joe Poulton)

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