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Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekly Post, The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures.  Enjoy!!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, January 22, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #90:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #90: Doug and I find the high tarn and surrounding benches of Boulder Lake very joyful and inviting as the morning wears on, like some magical secret garden at the top of a basin that is mostly boulder debris. The wind continues to rage around us and echo off the walls, but it is also tearing the clouds to pieces and suppressing the daily build-up of weather by blowing it away with the income of fall. You can smell the change! The intermittent sun warms us, and with no threatening electrical events to chase us off of our high perch, we linger, sun bath, and have lunch. Belle, my black lab, goes swimming in the tarn. Eventually we wind our way back down to camp. Doug wants to give his feet a break and get out of his shoes, so we spend the rest of a sunny afternoon, fishing. We catch several nice trout, but before we eat, the last sunlight of the day has illuminated a beautiful, high meadow on the other side of the lake, and now that we both know what to expect, we agree we should go investigate, and enjoy last light sitting there. Bouldering around the lake is simple and the scramble up is mostly meadow grass or granite. The view is REALLY dramatic, giving us both a clear sense of the whole basin we have been exploring. THEN, I notice motion and color in the trees on the trail coming up to the lake. As the single, hiking figure crests the last dome before the lake, I recognize the wardrobe and profile of my DFC&FC colleague and good friend, Gordon Williams. We call to him and he joins us for the end of the evening in the “high” meadow. He has no backpack, he just walked in because it was such a nice day, and he thought he would say hello, as he knew we were here. It is bright twilight when we get back to camp, and the offer of fresh trout lures Gordon to stay for dinner, after which, in encroaching darkness, he opts to take-off and walk back out. Doug is amazed, and I worry, but awhile later there is a good bit of distant whooping and horn honking, so we know he made it safely. The next morning, we do the same.
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Weekly Post, STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"




Monday, January 22, 2018
“Topographic InspiFict"
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #64:
Immaculate, #64:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekly Post, The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum


Friday, January 19, 2018

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #81:
Daze, #81: The Skinner bothers listen to my pitch about doing a winter camping trip into the Wind River Mountains of WY as a story for POWDER magazine, and they feel we could do one, but they want to be sure I am aware of what will be required. There are NO access roads into the range that are plowed in the winter, therefore we will have about 15-20 miles to cover just crossing flatter, ranch terrain. They want to have a “work” group to support me and themselves in camp, and they offer to bring in some experienced college “kids” who assist them in the summer with their outdoor education school. They also want the trip to have a specific purpose and destination, so it is decided that for brother, Monty’s 5oth birthday, we will summit Bald Mountain, a sizable peak in the heart of the range. I am also told that to gain access to the range, we will be “packed in” to the foothills, by ranching friends with snowmobiles. This is as much as I might have hoped for, so Vicki and I leave our breakfast with the Skinner brothers excited that a winter expedition can be accomplished. We spend the rest of the day and night in Pinedale, and the wind continues to howl. It subsidies before down, though, and we head back to California on a bright, cold, crystal-clear day. Interestingly, as soon as we leave the flatness of the high plains around Pinedale, and enter a more hill-and-valley environment, we see this EVERYWHERE! The cornices have been built by the winds of the previous day. The warmth of the sun is causing pieces to fall onto the slopes below. The deep loose powder, covered by hardened wind crust fractures, causing an avalanche DOWN TO BEDROCK on a slope that is not even very steep. Vicki looks over at me and says, “It looks like it will be an interesting skiing adventure. I may pass!"
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018 
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!





Thursday, January 18, 2018

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #21:
Wind River, #21:  Following the path up onto the granite bench, we literally change our environment in a matter of minutes. The trees do not disappear, but now they are just here-and-there, growing out of the granite boulders, and surrounded by blooming alpine meadows. This looks like what we were hoping to find - a granite, high-alpine terrain, that hopefully offers lakes, camping, and fishing. Water trickles down the surrounding rock faces in many places, and the meadows are buzzing with insects. As we stand here to take this all in, I note that everything seems oversized, bigger in dimension than other ranges in which we have hiked. In particular, it is clear that if you choose to go off trail and wander in the granite, the abrupt sheer faces of various boulders, and walls require some intelligent navigating to get around. Boy, will that idea become more clear as the day wears on.
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Weekly Post, Big Mountain and Glacier National Park: Expanding My Winter Consciousness

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
Expanding My Winter Consciousness
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #25:
Big Mountain, #25: Navigation along the ridge transitions from dense areas of trees to more open sweeps every so often. There is also a good deal of up-and-down to be had, and today I am skiing off on more short “scouts,” because no one is waiting for me to move on. I am also learning to “pre-visualize” certain shots, so that I do not ruin them with my own tracks trying to get into position. It is easier said then done because there is SO much going on, I am often unsure what will follow next. I have come to a place on the ridge that I recognize as the beginning of The Fantasy Forest bowl to my right, and sure enough, at the moment, as on the day I was first guided here, the valley that forms the bowl is shrouded in a fog cloud, while I am standing in sunshine. It is so amazing up where I am, however, I am reticent to give leave it, so I ski around for a bit, find a sunny spot with a great view, and sit down for some mid-morning snacks.
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