All images (c) Lee Mann Photography, reproduction prohibited without written consent. www.leemannphotography.com
It is a real honor to work with Lee Mann‘s photographs. Captions are by the photographer, as per typed labels on the back of the prints, with slight editing by Tom Hammond (in parenthesis). Tom arranged these photos in sequence–they detail a (North to South) trip through the crystalline core of the North Cascades–The Ptarmigan Traverse. The pictures themselves were in Patrick Goldsworthy‘s conservation collection. They are 16×20″ black and white prints Lee must have developed and printed himself in the early 1960s. We can infer this because the type-written (yellowing) labels on the backs of each mounted photo refer to the “Glacier Peak Wilderness” which became law in 1964. Lee sold the prints at that time for $6.50 each–that is penciled on the back labels! It is unclear if he gave the pictures to Patrick Goldsworthy, or if Patrick bought them, but clearly they were used to promote protection in/for the North Cascades. Each photo has tape residue on the back, indicating they were displayed unframed in some manner. Please enjoy these fantastic photos from one of the great places/alpine traverses on the planet, from one of our best local photographers!
-Tom Hammond, March 2014
The outlet of Koolaid Lake, Hand colored, 4x5 negative
Below the Spider-Formidable Col, Mt. Formidable in background (
On the glacier just below the Spider-Formidable Col (The party is ascending the upper section of the Middle Cascade Glacier, a bit of the Formidable Glacier is seen on right)
Looking toward Sentinal and Old Guard Peaks from camp below Spider Mt. (S. side of Spider-Formidable Col. Note the bivvy--no tents, no high tech, just sleeping bags on the ground).
Looking toward Yang Yang Lakes (descending from Spider-Formidable Col, headed for Sentinel Peak).
Tarn above Yang Yank Lakes.
Looking toward Yang Yang Lakes from Spider-Formidable Col (Improper label, this is looking N from Yang Yang Lakes to the Spider-Formidable Col--Mt. Formidable is the prominent peak)
Looking toward the LeConte glacier from Yang Yang Lakes
Crossing below LeConte (Mountain) toward the LeConte Glacier.
A wind cirque on the upper end of the South Cascade Glacier.
Upper end of South Cascade Glacier.
Dome, Sentinal, and Blue Peaks. (This label should be on the next picture. Here Blue Peak is not quite visible on the far left of the frame--see next picture)
Dome Peak (Sinister Peak, center and Blue Peak left. Chickamin Glacier, which drapes across the peaks named, is one of the three largest non-volcanic glaciers, and the largest feeding Lake Chelan. Dana Glacier right)
USGS hut, South Cascade Glacier, Mt. Le Conte in background (we found a spare propeller from a float plane in this bldg in 2001, from a logged flight in the 1960s!)
Glacier Peak above Image Lake, a short distance from the proposed open pit mine.