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Snow and Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range Hardcover – November 21, 2011

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The North Cascades are 11,000 square miles of nearly impenetrable mountains. They are America s last redoubt of true adventure. Cut with few roads and even fewer towns, and guarded by 700 glaciers and horrendous weather, the rugged North Cascades remain relatively unknown to most climbers. In winter, when the range is buried beneath up to 50 feet of snow, it is seen by even fewer still. Here, in this remarkable book of aerial photographs, John Scurlock conveys the majesty and mystery of this incredible range that for the rest of us would otherwise go as unseen as the dark side of the moon. --Duane Raleigh, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Rock and Ice Magazine

John Scurlock s photography celebrates the primal essence of the North Cascades, softened through his lens into an elegant and whimsical landscape of rock spire and glacier, snowfield and serac, cloud and cornice, and invites one to explore the hidden reaches of these well-known yet still mysterious mountains. --Michael Kennedy. Editor in Chief of Alpinist Magazine

John Scurlock s amazing aerial photography uniquely captures the dazzling wintry whiteness of the North Cascade Range. This brilliant perspective from the skies provides an entirely new perception of the range. Scurlock s light and flexible aircraft provided an ideal means to photograph glittering alpine savagery in winter, which is barely believable from ground level. --Fred Beckey, Renowned Climber, Author, and North Cascades Mountaineering Pioneer
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wolverine Publishing; 1st Edition edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982615477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982615478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 12.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Quayle Consulting Inc. on December 9, 2015
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The ultimate coffee table book. Read about this from one of flying magazines (I'm a pilot). One guy did these pictures, solo, camera in one hand, the other on the controls. More risk than I'd like, but the result is beautiful.
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In compiling this book the author is displaying his amazing tenacity to fly a small plane with camera in winter conditions over the rugged Cascades of Washington. Unfortunately, the flat seasonal lighting and lack of contrast in winter scenes conveys a sameness to most of the collection. Many of the pictures do make you linger in awe, so many do not.

I especially liked the narrative portions of the book which detailed the winter climbing history of some of the more prominent peaks.

The book will appeal to climbers and backcountry enthusiasts but at this price few will probably buy.
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By Shishibeach on February 26, 2014
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this was a gift for our son in law and while I know he absolutely LOVES it, we're very jealous that we had to give it away. It's a beautiful coffee table book with plenty of description - amazing and highly recommended
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Flying a small, yellow, home-built airplane out of Concrete, John Scurlock explores the North Cascades in wind, weather and light that inspires most people to be safe and cozied up at home. The results of his extraordinary forays in to the inaccessible corners of this range are photographs of a landscape seldom seen before, a wintery terra incognito of terrifying beauty and austere grace. Snow & Spire, a collection of Scurlock's aerial photography and his first publication, is a culmination of several years of determined labor and features stunning views of Baker, Shuksan, Forbidden, Terror, the Picketts and beyond, plus essays by WWU geologist David Tucker and mountaineering historian Lowell Skoog.

I interviewed Scurlock about this project -- read it at [...]
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John Scurlock's incredible images of the North Cascade Range allow the non-mountaineers to gasp and exude amazement at one of natures wonders. More amazing is that these photos were taken from a home built airplane. If one needs a gift, this is it. The only difficulty is that you won't want to give it away. Buy two, you will not regret it..
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