Pond on Slope of Mt. Baker

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Comments (8)

pcb on October 4, 2007

the ruwenzori area must be one of the most fantastic landscapes on this planet

RobSC on October 4, 2007

They are a spectacular place; truly on of the wonders of the world! Thanks for your kind words.

1944pam on January 10, 2008


I did the Ruwenzworis in January 1970. I am staggered to see how little snow and ice there is in your photos. Mt Speke was snow nd ice from perhaps halfway up from the pass.



RobSC on January 10, 2008

Thanks for your comments!

A lot of ice has melted since 1970. As of 2004 there was barely any ice left on Mt. Baker, and the glaciers on Mt. Emin and Mt. Gessi were completely absent. I stood at the center of the Gessi Glacier and it was bare bedrock. Similarly, The entire north slope of Mt. Speke is bare rock. There is no glacier left there whatsoever. Even though there is still a glacier on the south side of this peak, it is possible to climb the standard route on Mt. Speke now in tennis shoes without ever touching snow. The only peak with any glaciers left that actually had a firn line and a zone of accumulation were those on Mt. Stanley and even those glaciers have receded dramatically in the past 15 years.

If you have any pictures from your trip it would be great if you could post them and date them to provide contrast!

Take care, Rob

SixtusDahastus on July 18, 2008

I love Africa and one day I plan to go there. If there are also "Big Five" of african landscapes the Ruwenzori is one of them. Thank you for this great picture.

Joel Skok on December 23, 2010

Wonderful picture of a seemingly extraterrestial place. My mind has difficulty comprehending such a life zone. Great work, thanks for sharing with us the treasure on these pages. LIKE Greetings from Michigan, Joel

stamps.dsarah on December 30, 2014

The locals now call this pond "Sarah's Lake" after National Geographic Explorer D. Sarah Stamps :-)

RobSC on December 30, 2014

The National Geographic has inspired many of my travels: the Rwenzori, New Guinea, Mt. Everest, Socotra, and so many places in the United States. Hopefully, someday I'll return to this fabulous range.

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