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Simon Wheaton

Aspen Highlands Bowl - Aspen/Snowmass Ski Resort

Aspen, Colorado, USA

January 6, 2006 - (13:45 local time)

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© 2006 Simon Wheaton, All Rights Reserved.

Aspen Highlands Bowl
Aspen, Colorado, USA
Aspen was originally a mining town, founded in 1880 after the discovery of one of the richest silver lodes the world has ever known.

The Aspen/Snowmass resort comprises four separate ski areas, located near the town of Aspen. These ski areas are Aspen, Aspen Highlands Bowl, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.

The Aspen Highlands ski area is a long ridgeline rising from the valley floor, and is famous around the world for the steep alpine bowl above the ski area.

Aspen Highlands Bowl is a hike-accessed section of the Aspen Highlands ski area, above the lift-accessed terrain. This photo is taken from the ridgeline between the lift-accessed ski area and the start of the uphill hike to Highland Peak.

Highland Peak, above Highland Bowl, reaches an altitude of 12392 feet above sea level. At this altitude, the effects of altitude sickness can be a problem to some people, often being uncomfortable, easily becoming deadly.

The views from Highland Peak are spectacular, with a stunning vista taking in the 14,000+ foot peaks of Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, Capitol Peak, and Snowmass Mountain.

The Aspen Highlands Bowl is a high avalanche danger area, with ski patrollers and volunteers having to 'boot pack' the snow in the early season, by tying themselves to the top of the bowl with ropes, and walking up and down the face of the bowl, packing the snow down with their feet, so that it is less prone to avalanches later in the snow season.


USA-Canada / USA-Colorado

Lat: 39° 8' 9" N
Long: 107° 53' 26" W

Elevation: 11670 feet

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.


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  • Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip
  • Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch
  • Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Zoom Lens
  • Canon EW-83E Lens Hood
  • Peace River Studios 3Sixty Panoramic Camera Mount
  • Manfrotto 338 Levelling Base
  • Acratech Universal Cork Top Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Acratech Ultimate Ballhead Tripod Head
  • Gitzo G1227MK2 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Gitzo G1586B3 Location Shoes (Tripod Snow Shoes)
  • Inca Hotshoe-mount Dual Spirit Level
  • SanDisk Extreme III 1GB CompactFlash Memory Card
  • NextoDI Nexto-CF ND-2500 60GB Portable Storage Device
  • Garmin eTrex Vista C GPS Receiver
  • Burton Snowboards F-Stop Camera Backpack

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 (RAW Image Conversion, Image Editing and Adjustments)
  • Kekus Digital PTMac (Panorama Stitching)
  • Helmut Dersch's Panotools (Panorama Stitching)
  • Kekus Digital XBlend (Panorama Blending)
  • Andrew Mihal's Enblend (Panorama Blending)
  • Thomas Rauscher's Pano2QTVR (Blended Panorama Image to QTVR Movie Conversion)

  • Panorama Type: Cylindrical
  • Number of Images: 12 Images x 1 Row
  • Focal Length: 10mm (16mm at 35mm film equivalent)
  • Aperture: f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125 second
  • Sensor Sensitivity: ISO 100

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