Columbia Icefield, Rocky Mountains, Canada (III)

AUGUST 2002 – Hikers walk on the hiking trail that leads up to the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca glacier on a bright summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

To conclude the mini series about the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, posted over the past couple of days, here’s a tele shot of the hiking path that leads up to the icefield. It does not look too steep, yet at 2,000 meters altitude you will probably feel every step you make.

It’s interesting to know that the entire path had been covered by the glacier roughly a century ago, so without doubt the ice of this glacier is melting away. With this photo I wanted to stress this point by selectinig a frame that does not actually show the foot of the glacier. You can just see some of the milestones erected by the park management along the hike.

The high resolution image

Capture Date22-AUG-2002
LocationJasper National Park, Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 300 mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2469 x 3792 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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