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took this photograph on a day off, while I was teaching skiing and snowboarding at Northstar-at-
Tahoe ski resort in Truckee, California. I was
making a run through the terrain park when I
noticed a couple of riders throwing huge tricks off
the 40-foot (13-meter) kickers. I grabbed my
camera and spent three hours shooting the riders.
Northstar is known for the high level of riding in the terrain park—this day did not disappoint!
—Reader Brian Hudson, 27
High School Teacher
DIY: There are a few routes up Aconcagua, but Guanacos Valley is the most beautiful. I had a great experience with Aventuras Patagonicas (www.patagonicas.com), an international guide service that has been offering high-altitude mountaineering expeditions worldwide for 28 years. I climbed three peaks in Bolivia with Aventuras Patagonicas and hope to join them in Nepal for their first guided ascent of 26,906-foot (8,200-meter) Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.
I like the strong diagonal line and the vibrant colors of these climbers working their way up through the snow. This photo is successful because it makes me want to see more of this unusual landscape.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure
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