Drew Pogge skies into Death Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

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Brenton Reagan rappels into the Apocalypse coulior in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Brenton Reagan climbs into a cave in the Apocalypse Coulior in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Drew Pogge sideslips the ice bulge choke in the Apocalypse Coulior in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Drew Pogge skies into Death Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

© David Stubbs Photography

a Steep Classic

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Illness be damned. Last Wednesday was time to go to work. I joined some old friends and new ones to document a guided ski mountaineering trip into Death Canyon for Exum Mountain Guides. I finally got a crack at the Apocalypse Coulior, a steep classic with rappels, ice bulges and even a bit of soft snow. A visible crown from a previous avalanche hung over the line, and I found myself strangely confident, skiing on the carvable bed surface, knowing the hard slab had already littered the slopes far below, The day ended in the dark . . . an epic. What an opportunity to operate at the keenest level of concentration in such a beautiful, unmerciful place.

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