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Onto The Shelf
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Onto The Shelf on 05/27/2014 21:49:55 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Onto The Shelf

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/27/2014 22:08:32 MDT Print View

Fanf*#@!ingtastic! Looks like a great trip. You two are quite the match. I hope to run into you someday Ike.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/27/2014 22:26:42 MDT Print View

Ok, Ike. You have really out-done yourself on this one! Great writing, fabulous pictures. You picked a good hiking partner too.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/27/2014 22:53:40 MDT Print View


You write some of the most enjoyable trip reports and I appreciate the time and energy you invest on your wonderful photography. I realize that this trip happened a couple months ago but I hope you find peace with the grief that has found you.

Take care,


K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Beautiful on 05/27/2014 22:55:57 MDT Print View

Great story and some stunning pictures. You guys are awesome !!!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 08:06:29 MDT Print View

I agree with Ken across the board.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 08:31:36 MDT Print View

Thought I might clarify a few things here:

I enjoyed Ike's disclaimer. You see, after we actually headed out onto the shelf, under the ruse of wanting to take pictures with a person in them, Ike would send me on ahead to 'pose' for one shot after another. I was simply too nice to tell him that I realized he was doing this more times than he had pictures to show for it - in other words he was sending me ahead to ensure the ice shelf was safe before moving forward...... What a pal.....

RE: "I began to worry that Doug might begin to question my good judgment before the day was done. “No worries”, he replied with a grin." -- I'm not sure what gave Ike the idea that I thought he had good judgement to begin with. After all, he's invited me twice to join him on a trip..... Just sayin'

RE: "I suspected he was probably playing to my delicate mood, but decided to exploit it fully. “Separate your legs a little”, I coached, or “Make it look like you’re walking”, or “Turn to your left a smudge”." -- No kidding! I was waiting for him to tell me what my motivation was as I looked at some particular landmark. Sheesh....

RE: "This led to numerous interesting messages from Doug’s brother, like “Dude! What? Are you still sitting in the exact same spot? Lamest. Trip. Ever.”" LOL! True story.

RE: "I had solidified a relationship with a good friend, taking time to talk and to listen." -- Indeed, Ike is a great hiking companion. Jump at the chance to hike with him if offered!

Too bad Ike left off the bit about the (I believe it was a) chunk of ice that followed us for quite a ways during the second day's snowstorm. Ike even veered far to the left while I continued forward so we could try and figure out what was following us. We both got quite the laugh out of that one! And our version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" entertained us quite a bit during that snowstorm, as well!

Thanks, Ike, for letting me join you on such a great adventure, and for once again putting up with my frequent language flourishes! Great writeup and photos!

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 08:50:00 MDT Print View

I think this is my all time favorite BPL trip report. Wonderful photos of a great winter landscape, superb writing, and two of our finest dudes having a great time together. Thanks to both of you for sharing this adventure with us.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 05/28/2014 09:16:21 MDT Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 07/08/2014 18:19:26 MDT.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 09:29:25 MDT Print View

Most everything that I could think of has already been said, Ike.

Thank you both for sharing this adventure!

Adam Klagsbrun
(klags) - MLife

Locale: Northeast US
Excellent write-up! on 05/28/2014 09:38:42 MDT Print View

What a great trip report! I'm sorry to hear about whatever grief life threw your way, and I hope you come out of it all the stronger and ready for the next challenge. I too find nature to be rather soothing... but its really those moments (like the one in the storm photo) where you are fighting, as you said, internal battles that mirror those on the exterior; that makes self-reflection and emotional growth so possible in the backcountry. The soothing element of nature is often the one people reach for the most; when in fact, sometimes, I find that the challenge of the difficult, uncomfortable or even scary moments become the ones that help me progress the most. Keep the trip reports coming please!

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 10:44:04 MDT Print View

Great adventure. Thanks for sharing all of that with us.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 13:46:59 MDT Print View

Great report... thank you for sharing both your emotions and your trip with us.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 15:35:53 MDT Print View

What an exquisitely written report. Don't know that I've ever read one that better expresses all that the right trip, with the right person, and, yes, the right conditions, can be. As for the pictures, I have no words...

Thanks for sharing, Ike.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Re: Re: Onto The Shelf on 05/28/2014 19:49:04 MDT Print View

Bravo Ike,

Hope to see you and Rog for another trip soon.

Will Newton
(Newts) - MLife
Bravo indeed on 05/29/2014 01:33:10 MDT Print View

Evocative, haunting and beautiful. Between this and 'Into the Gray', you're turning trip reports into an art form.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Onto The Shelf on 05/29/2014 06:17:59 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a unique experience for sure!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Onto The Shelf on 05/29/2014 19:22:28 MDT Print View

Ike and Doug,
What a trip !!!
Top shelf I say.
Great photos too, can you share the model of camera you used ?

Michael Gillenwater
(mwgillenwater) - M

Locale: Seattle area
Beautifully written on 05/29/2014 22:58:22 MDT Print View

Beautiful storytelling Ike. Bravo.

Cody Bartz
(codybartz) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
yes! on 05/29/2014 23:22:28 MDT Print View

Thanks so much for sharing your adventure!