Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado’s Fourteeners

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Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado’s Fourteeners
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Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado’s Fourteeners
Borneman, Walter R.
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados Fourteeners | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:05:43 PM] Home Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados FourteenersSunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados FourteenersSubmitted by barlowk on 7-22-2015 10:10 PMAuthor: Glenn Randall Publishing: Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados Fourteeners By Glenn Randall. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2015. 126 pages. Color photographs. 10 x 10. $26.95 hardcover. Reviewer: Walter R. Borneman Colorado boasts fifty-four major peaks above 14,000 feetfar more than any other state. They range from relatively gentle walk-ups such as Mount Sherman and Quandary Peak to serious mountaineering endeavors on Capitol Peak, Crestone Needle, and Little Bear. In the last few decades, reaching all fifty-four summits has become something of a rite of passage, but patiently waiting alone with bulky camera gear for sunrise from each of these lofty perches is another matter. Glenn Randall began photographing Colorados mountains in 1979. Since then, he has garnered over 1,200 photo credits, including seventy-five covers, and sold over 10,000 prints. His epic seven-year project, Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados Fourteeners shows why. Randall embarked on this quest determined to document a perspective very different from the traditional mid-summer summit shot or the usual portrait from the mountains base. Most good landscape photographs are shot at sunrise or sunset, Randall writes, when the light is warm and the long shadows cast by the low sun angle give the images dimension and depth. (7) Since waiting for sunset atop these peaks posed dangers from uncertain weather and tricky nighttime descents, Randall opted to climb up in the dark and be on each summit well before dawn lit the eastern sky. The result is a stunning collection of sunrise colors and expansive panoramas. Along the way, while packing to a high camp or descending after early morning shoots, Randall turned his lens on equally spectacular views. And, yes, traditional twofers, such as Grays and Torreys or Oxford and Belford, required multiple ascents to photograph sunrise from each summit precisely to the minute. There is no question that Glenn Randall is an accomplished photographer, but what makes this book all the EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWhile on the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco drew the first map of Colorado.


Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorados Fourteeners | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:05:43 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us more special is that he has opened his soul as well as his camera lens and shared both his inner feelings for these storied mountains and the rigors he endured to capture amazing views from their summits. Randall briefly recounts the early history of these ranges, but saves most of his words for his own personal experiences. Let there be no mistake: his was a grueling and challenging endeavor. He climbed alone, usually in the dark with heavy gear, and frequently in winter and early spring conditions so as to obtain the benefit of snow accenting craggy ridges and delineating plunging valleys. Proving all mountains can be dangerous, he had one of his most harrowing experiences on relatively straightforward Mount Belford. As someone who has long wandered these slopes and savored many of these views, my only regret is that Glenn wasnt sitting next to me as I turned the pages so that I could ask, Now, exactly where did you take this from? or Wait a minute, whats that peak way out there? Sunrise from the Summit will take its well-earned place on the shelves of those who have climbed these peaks, but it will also provide a grand tour for one and all of Colorados mountains. Glenn Randall is to be congratulated for making the supreme effort to gather these spectacular views from such hard-won places. Reviewer Info: Walter R. Borneman is the co-author with Lyndon J. Lampert of A Climbing Guide to Colorados Fourteeners published in 1978 and in print for twenty-five years. He served as the first chairman of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and is the coauthor of 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorados Highest Mountains featuring the photography of Todd Caudle. Bornemans American history titles include Alaska 1812 Polk Iron Horses The Admirals and American Spring .