The Valdez area has some of the most unique and recognizable mountain scenery in the world. Zach Paley spent over a month taking pictures around Valdez this spring.
A few words from Zach on skiing and shooting at Thompson Pass:
Alaska is a mecca for backcountry skiing in the spring. Thompson Pass is one of the many shrines where people affirm their faith. Our holy pilgrimage from Anchorage ended here. We explored the top of the pass near Tailgate Alaska (Hajj), and quickly learned snowmobiles (popemobiles) are frustratingly efficient at making hiking seem sacrilegious. After a few days of getting a system dialed in our rv (sedia gestatoria), we moved up the street where things were more quiet, and settled into a rhythm of hiking a lot. Helios sympathized with the pious nature of our quest, and stayed out to watch us climb many a ridge and couloir.
Here are some of Zach’s best scenic shots from Valdez.