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Winter Hiker At The Cliff's Edge by Gene Walls

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Photographer Mark Van Scyoc was climbing ice & snow covered steps toward the ledge at the top of Shawnee Falls in Rickets Glen State Park. It was getting very late in the day and each step was becoming a real challenge. We took our time and carefully cut foot holds in the ice with our ice axes. We were both keenly aware that one misstep here could be our last one.

Fortunately, this was the last major vertical obstacle of the day’s hike, with just two more waterfalls left to visit. Little did we know that the last few miles would be much more difficult than we had ever expected, due to the deep fresh snow that was covering the Highland Trail and Lake Rose Road. We would have gladly traded our crampons for snow shoes at this point, to expedite our remaining long exit from the park.

This photograph was captured hand-held with a Canon 5D Full Frame DSLR camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 36mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/50th of a second @ f/5. The camera’s ISO was set to 400 to compensate for low light levels.

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This series of Ricketts Glen photographs were captured on December 31st, 2012, during an 8 hour winter hike & shoot with photographer Mark Van Scyoc. Twelve of the twenty-two famous “named” waterfalls in the park were visited during this trip.

Ricketts Glen is located near the small rural village of Red Rock, PA, at the junction of Pennsylvania State Routes 118 and 487. The park is about midway between Williamsport and Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, in the north eastern region of the USA.

WARNING: Ricketts Glen waterfall trails are extremely dangerous in the winter months! They are closed to the public from late November unit spring. Winter hiking is only permitted if you are a well-equipped hiker with previous icy condition hiking or climbing experience. Each climber must register and sign in before entering the trails and must also sign out after the hike. Crampons, Ice axes and climbing ropes are absolutely required. This is NOT just a “walk in the park”.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2013 Gene Walls

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FEATURED in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it”

FEATURED in “Ricketts Glen State Park”

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ice, snow, winter, hiker, climber, ice axe, crampons, water, ricketts glen state park, nature, kitchen creek, glen leigh, shawnee falls, stream, photographer, mark van scyoc

Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • Mark Van Scyoc
    Mark Van Scyocover 1 year ago

    Nicely captured Gene! This was the most challenging point of our hike. I was really glad to make it to the top of those steps.

  • Thanks, Mark! That smile on your face belies how totally spent we both were at that point. I’m so glad you stopped for a minute on that particular step, the wilderness scene was definitely enhanced by your presence. Hey, we made it all the way through in one piece! Yea!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Great shot! Puts the whole trek in perspective… Well done, Gentlemen!!

  • Thanks a lot, John! Mark and I both had some aches and pains afterward, but it was truly worth it.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much for this great honor, Trish! I’m thrilled to find this shot Featured in “The World As We See It…”!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 1 year ago

    2013-02-17

  • This kind honor is greatly appreciated, Aaron! Thank you so much for Featuring this shot in the “Ricketts Glen State Park” group!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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