Book Launch Party!

14-Bear Tooth logo -colorJoin me on Monday, November 28th, 5:30pm, at the Bear Tooth Theater, for a grand celebration of the Alaska Range. I, along with  Legendary adventurer Roman Dial, visionary alpinist Clint Helander will be some exciting giving presentations.

There is a $4 cover charge, which will be donated to the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

And don’t forget to order your book, they are shipping now!

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Limited Edition Book Revealed!

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Limited edition version. Only 150 copies will be printed!

Super excited to reveal the limited edition version of the book. Only 150 copies of this version will be printed and they are going fast! This book also comes with the print, Middle Triple Peak, 2015. This image will only be available with the book. Once the edition is sold out, the image will be retired, never to be printed again!

If you want one of these awesome collector books, consider pre-ordering one. Many of them have already been purchased (through our Kickstarter campaign and directly from me). I cannot guarantee any will be left when the book becomes available in late October.

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Middle Triple Peak.This is the image that comes with the Limited Edition book. Only 150 copies of the book and this image will be printed, then this image will be retired, never to be printed again! 11×17 image on 13×19 paper. Printed by Carl on archival, cotton paper.

The cost of the limited edition book-print set is $200.00 plus shipping. You can order one directly from me, just email carl@photographalaska.com

Alaska Range book update and Denali National Park Photo Workshop.

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First, I must apologize for the lack of activity. Its been a busy winter, but not a lot of action outside in the mountains. Still trying to recover from my hip injury that occurred over a year ago. Fortunately, being injured has allowed me to focus on getting the book details complete.

We are in the final stages of the process. All the essays are complete and edited. layout is complete and I just sent off my high resolution copies of the final photographs. We will have one more thorough review, looking for any missed issues before it is sent off to get printed!

The Mountaineers Books feels confident the book will be in stores and into YOUR hands in October.

Mark your calendars for the big book launch party November 28th at the Bear Tooth Theater, it is going to be a ton of fun!

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Unnamed mountains reflected in Lima Bean Lake (local name), Denali National Park and Preserve

Want to join me in the Alaska Range? We still have spaces left during  our July 30th-August  2nd, Denali National Park, wilderness photography workshop. Fly with me into a remote location, in the heart of the big mountains, where we will explore glaciers, rivers and epic mountain scenery! More info at: http://www.alaskaalpineadventures.com/alaska-adventure-tours/hiking/hiking-trips-denali-national-park/denali-unexplored-photo-safari/trip/43

Thanks for all your patience and support!

Carl

We did it!

Amazing ice and Mount Hess and Deborah.

Amazing ice and Mount Hess and Deborah.

Thanks to everyone for all your support, it was an amazing process.

Here are some statistics:

89 backers

$15,505 raised

172% funded (percentage above our minimum of $9,000)

The video was played 988 times.

So now what?

I have made my initial selection of 200 images that has been sent to the Mountaineers Books. They have begun the layout and design process and will make their initial selection of images. I will visit them in Seattle in a few weeks where I will help with the final image selection and also give my input on the design and layout.

From there we will continue to hammer through design ideas, ruthlessly edit the essays and work on the maps. I will make the final tweaks on the selected images. When we have all agreed on a book we all love, it will be sent to the printers. We will get a proof first, this is how we will catch any typos, design issues and poorly reproduced images.

Once the proof is approved the book will get printed, bound and sent to The Mountaineers Books distribution center in Seattle.

This process will take many months. We plan to see the book on the shelves late summer, 2016. This is when we will ship all the books to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign.

This blog/website will be getting an over haul. Don’t worry, it will not go dormant. There are plenty of peak profiles and images to share, along with photography and wilderness tips. Once the book is printed, this blog/site will be the center of all the action, letting you know about upcoming lectures, exhibits, book signings, workshops and hopefully reviews and awards!

So if you want to stay in the loop, follow the blog!

Thanks again for all your support and for making this long over due tribute to the Alaska Range a reality.

Carl

Kickstarter Campaign Begins!

The Amazing Mount Hesperus being engulfed by clouds, Revelation Mountains.

The Amazing Mount Hesperus being engulfed by clouds, Revelation Mountains.

We Need Your Help!

The photographs are finished, the essays have been written and the designers over at Mountaineers Books are busy working on the layout. We now need to raise the final funds needed to get this book out to the world!

We have started a Kickstarter campaign and need your help in spreading the word. I am offering tons of great rewards including: copies of the retail book, prints, an awesome limited edition print-book set and even a backpacking trip in one of my favorite places, the Delta Mountains of the Alaska Range!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/photographalaska/the-alaska-range

Updates:

10/30 – 24 Hours to Go!

We are at 160%, totally amazing! can we get to 200%?

10/5 – We Did It: We Past Our Minimum Goal!

Not only did we reach our minimum goal of $9,000, we rocketed right by it! The book will be published! I can’t express how grateful I am for everyone’s support. In five days we raised over $9,000 for the project and we have 25 more days to go!

So lets keep the good vibe going. We are not being greedy, we can use every cent we can get. First we can use the extra money to cover the Kickstarter fee, which is between 8-10% of the total. Then we will use extra money to cover costs of the rewards. After that, it all goes to the book. We can print more of them, increase its distribution (hopefully to Europe) and if we raise a lot more, increase the physical size.

So thank you for making this long over-due celebration of the Alaska Range come to life!

The Writers!

The mighty Mount Hesperus towers over the Revelation Mountains.

The mighty Mount Hesperus towers over the Revelation Mountains.

The Alaska Range project has always been about celebrating one of the great mountain ranges of the world. I have always known that in order to truly do the Alaska Range justice, I would need to collaborate. This book is less about my photographs and more about Alaskans sharing the legendary Alaska Range with the world.

Seven great Alaskans have agreed to write a series of essays on the Alaska Range. Each one has spent a significant time in the Alaska Range and has a great appreciation and love for the mountains, glaciers, wildlife and wild plants that make the Alaska Range so special.

The essayists include:

Art Davidson

Roman Dial

Brian Okonek

Jeff Benowitz

Clint Helander

Verna Pratt

Bill Sherwonit

I am honored to have their words accompany my images.

 

Radio and Magazines!

Seven page portfolio in the June 2015 issue of Alaska magazine.

Seven page portfolio in the June 2015 issue of Alaska magazine.

I promise I will get trip reports from my last two expeditions up soon. I have two things to keep you entertained until then.

I was a recent guest on the popular Alaska Public Media show Outdoor Explorer. This was my second time as a guest on the show. This time I was talking with Charles, the host, about wilderness photography. Dan Bailey was the guest on the first half of the show, I am the guest on the second. You can listen to it here:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/05/22/outdoor-photography/

Alaska Magazine has published a seven page portfolio from the Alaska Range Project in their latest issue (June 2015). I have been a contributing photographer to Alaska Magazine for over ten years. My work has appeared in 15 different issues including three featured portfolios. Thanks again Alaska Magazine for all the years of support!

 

Join Me In The Alaska Range

I will be leading one workshop and giving multiple lectures this year in Denali National Park.

I will be leading one workshop and giving multiple lectures this year in Denali National Park.

This is a busy year for Alaska Range expeditions, four fly-in trips and one hike in scheduled already. But I have managed to schedule one workshop in the Alaska Range. I also have two speaking engagements in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Wilderness Photography in Denali, July 26th-29th, 2015
This will be my third trip into this area and I hope you will join me. This four day, intensive workshop will focus on being creative while working in remote wilderness. We will fly into  Backside Lake on the south side of Denali National Park and Preserve. Our goal is to learn to create expressive and powerful images under any conditions. We will explore aerial photography, landscapes, macro and even some wildlife concepts. Will have a chance to explore glaciers, beautiful alpine lakes and if we are lucky, unique views of Denali, North America’s highest mountain! We will camp in style while eating some of the best back-country meals ever!

The cost is $2,395 and includes everything!

This once in a lifetime adventure is offered by Alaska Range Project supporter and Alaska’s leading wilderness adventure company, Alaska Alpine Adventure. To get a full itinerary and to register visit them at Alaska Alpine Adventures- Denali Photo Safari!

Guest Lecturer, Camp Denali and the North Face Lodge, August 10-16th 2015
I am honored to be a guest lecturer for the renowned Special Emphasis Series at the North Face Lodge and Camp Denali. I will be spending a week in Kantishna, speaking to guest on glaciers and exploring the Alaska Range. I will be giving a presentation each night.
August 10th-13th at Camp Denali
August 14th-16th  at North Face Lodge
For more info visit:http://campdenali.com/live/page/special-emphasis-series

Guest Speaker, Murie Science and Learning Center, Denali National Park and Preserve, August 9th, 7pm 2015
I have been invited to give a presentation on “Exploring Alaska’s Vanishing Glaciers” at the Murie Science and Learning Center in Denali National Park and Preserve. This is a free presentation and is sponsored by Alaska Geographic. So if your in Denali on August 9th, come by!

Other News!

Super stoked that Alpinist, the single greatest magazine of mountaineering literature and photography, will be featuring some of the Alaska Range Project images on their website and social media sites. The Website feature is here: http://alpinist.com/doc/web15w/wfeature-photographer-carl-battreall-alaska Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Instagram and support their awesome work.

Planet Mountain, Europe’s largest website dedicated to all things mountain, has featured some images from the Alaska Range Project on their site. Check it out here: http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=42538

I am running off the the Yucatan for a few weeks to thaw out and get rested before my epic season of expeditions and the final season of photography for the project!!!!

See you in a few weeks,

Carl

Into The Wild West

The Angel, Revelation Mountains. Taken in 2006.

The Angel, Revelation Mountains. Taken in 2006.

I am now in the planning stage for next year’s expeditions. My main focus is the west end of the Alaska Range. Remote, isolated and difficult to access, few have explored its secrets.

The dominate mountains in the west/south-west end of the Alaska Range are the Revelation Mountains. The Revelation Mountains are becoming more popular in the climbing community because of the exploits of my friend Clint Helander. For the past few years, the Revelation Mountains have been his obsession. He has made numerous first ascents in this land of wicked steep peaks, inspiring others to follow in his crampon points. With that said, the Revelations only see an average of three expeditions a year, all of them aimed at climbing new, difficult routes. There is plenty left to discover in the Revelations and I look forward to returning to them.

In between the Revelation Mountains and the mighty Tordrillo Mountains is a land of  unknowns. During the early explorations of the Tordrillo Mountains, the hardy mountaineers would look west from the frozen summits and see a large cluster of jagged peaks, tucked behind the Todrillos and in front of the Revelations, they called them the “Hidden Mountains”, they have continued to stay that way, hidden.

Unnamed, unclimbed mountains, Hidden Mountains, South-West Alaska Range.

Unnamed, unclimbed mountains, Hidden Mountains, South-West Alaska Range.

On the north/northeast ends of the western Alaska Range are two small pockets of peaks, the Terra Cotta Mountains and the Teocalli Mountains. The fame Iditarod Trail runs through these hills. At the far south are the Neacola Mountains, which create the southern anchor of the Alaska Range as its crashes into the Aleutian Mountains.

Only a couple of the mountains have names on the USGS maps. The most obvious one in the Hidden Mountains is Snowcap, which is actually on the wrong peak (that is also a problem in the Revelations Mountains, certain maps have names on the wrong peaks.) The true Snowcap Mountain (ca 8,350′) was visited in 2010 by legendary climber Fred Beckey along with Alaskan Legend Richard Baranow and Zach Shlosar. Beckey did not make the summit but Richard and Zach did.

Less than a handful of climbers have tried to push into the Hidden Mountains from the closet access point, Merrell Pass near Gold Pan peak. Outside of that, there has been little activity in the area, especially by an explorer or photographer. In fact, the only photographs I can come by (outside of the Revelation Mountains) are photographs taken by large, mineral extraction companies, looking for alternatives to the Pebble Mine.

The western Alaska Range is one of the toughest terrains I have travelled through. Access is limited, the glaciers are moraine strewn and busted up, so ski planes have few options. There are no large lakes to land a float plane on. That leaves access to far off strips on the fringes of the area or by expensive helicopter.

There is nothing but bogs and forest beyond the western Alaska Range, all the way to the Bering Sea.

There is nothing but bogs and forest beyond the western Alaska Range, all the way to the Bering Sea.

Needless to say, this will be the most demanding season of expeditions. It is also the last season, so it is extremely important that I reach these areas. This will also be the most expensive season.

If you would like to support the project please consider buying a print, this a great way to get some great mountain art for your house or office and at the same time support the project. Here is the link to my holiday print sale.

If have back-country skills and would be interested in joining an expedition, feel free to contact me (read this post first).

Cheers,

Carl

 

Alaska Range Print Sale

North ridge of Mount Russell, Denali National Park and Preserve

Everyone needs some mountain beauty in their lives! Mount Russell.

Next year is my final season of expeditions into the Alaska Range. My focus will be on the “Wild West”, the most remote and most difficult area to access. It will cost a whole lot of cash to get out there, three different times!

So I am offering a holiday print sale to help raise some funds to cover the cost of flying into the some of the most isolated mountains in all of Alaska.

Each print is printed by me and achieves the highest archival standards. They are printed on cotton paper, the most environmentally friendly paper available (yes, friendlier than bamboo papers.)

I will be selling them for half the gallery price through November. So if you need an awesome holiday gift, you have a lonely wall that needs some mountain beauty, or you just want to support the project, here is your chance.

Follow this link to my main website to browse the selection and order:

http://www.photographalaska.com/prints.html

Thanks for your support,

Carl