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PostSat Jul 23, 2022 10:28 pm 
It is a short but STEEP trail, 2.5mi over 3k'.  After sweaty 2 hours, we were at a junction on the ridge.  High Divide trail looked still snowy in shades, we opted go east on a high point for the night.  A couple was already taking a nap on a nice ridge top, we split our camps.  I chose to stay high for an open view, while my friend picked a bit lower with a direct view of Baker.


Along the ridge top:

Baker:

Main reason for choosing this spot was a celestial alignment of the galaxy core and Baker.  A bonus point was possible Northern Light activity according to a ranger in Glacier.  Because the Moon rise was about 12:30, so the dark night window was pretty short both for stars and Aurora.


Aurora was very faint and I didn't know the show was actually happening though I got some shots anyway.  The dim moon light was just light to illuminate Baker/Shuksun without wiping out stars.


We packed up pretty early and back at the car by 10am.  The steep downhill was pretty hard on our aged legs.


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PostSun Jul 24, 2022 7:26 am 
Kenji....as always, your photos are really awesome.  Thanks for sharing and for getting up there to present us with your views.  I hear you about sore knees on the way down.... shakehead.gif

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PostSun Jul 24, 2022 6:37 pm 
Thanks Kenji, great photos of a great spot. Been up there several times but always coming in from Excelsior on the High Divide so I missed the big grunt on the Welcome Pass Trail.

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PostSun Jul 24, 2022 8:13 pm 
Steep downhill without Skis? = no bueno...

Nice pics!  Had me referencing this trip, from your perspective. Thanks.

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PostSun Jul 24, 2022 10:17 pm 
Looks like a great ski trip!!  I must have missed your TR...  I almost went to the chowder-hood instead, but settled for a simpler trip winksmile.gif  Won't hesitate next time though, hopefully next year.

Or maybe this Fall:

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PostMon Jul 25, 2022 1:05 pm 
another nice overview Kenji, thanks--yeah, portals to skyline when the temps and corn are ripe!

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PostMon Jul 25, 2022 4:00 pm 
Kenji as always I love your photos, especially your nighttime shots. I am curious, how did you know beforehand that the Milky Way would align itself as you wanted above Baker? Was it just looking at a map and knowing what direction the Milky Way would be oriented relative to your position or did you use any software or other tools to do this?

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PostMon Jul 25, 2022 9:21 pm 
I think my guess is pretty good in general.  But I have started using an app called "Photopills" (no idea why it's "-pills") about a year ago.  I've used "Photo Ephemeris" before for positions of the sun and the moon.  PP includes Galactic positions especially the G Center.  For this trip, I was originally planning Chowder Ridge/Cougar Divide, but realized it'll be too far West.  Also the moon rise made the dark window pretty short, 11~12:30, that further limited the best location.  Anyway, these tools helps a lot though shooting Northern Lights is a lot more hit&miss.

Here is a screen shot of what I used:

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