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The Last Frontier

Nick Boren

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Felicia Tica 20 Days Ago

Burgdorf, Be - Switzerland

Wonderful with the patterns created from the snow spots and the green! L/F

Long Beach, CA - United States

A beautiful image, Nick! f/v

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks so much Heidi... glad you like it. :-)

Boise, ID - United States

voted beautifully photographed

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks Sandi... I do appreciate your comment. :-)

Chicago, IL - United States

Nick this is a gorgeous image!! I love the snow and beautiful sky! beautifully done! :) v/f!

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks so much Anne for your nice comment ... I really appreciate it. :-)

Brookline, MA - United States

Amazing vista and capture Nick! Greetings, Juergen

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks Juergen... Greetings to you as well. :-)

Doniphan, MO - United States

Absolutely GORGEOUS and so pristine!! v/f

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks so much Debbie.. :-)

Lebanon, OR - United States

Thanks for featuring my image in the All Natural Beauty of This World group and the All Landscape and Scenery Photography group.

Clinton, MN - United States

beautiful landscape..v/f

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks Lori for the nice comment. :-)

Houston, TX - United States

Breathtakingly beautiful Nick! I can see why you love Alaska so much! A very interesting description! 551 inches of snow per year - unbelievable! v/f

Nick Boren replied:

Yes the do get unbelievable amounts of snow in the winter months... now you know why I visit in the summer time... lol :-) Thanks so much for the nice comment friend.

Abbotsford, BC - Canada

Sigh...I need to win the lottery ...you are tempting me so badly with your beautiful images! First to buy a macro,second to go to Alaska...:) f/v

Nick Boren replied:

I'm bad news for you Eti... when you buy the macro lens and the flight ticket to Alaska you will be broke.. lol :-) Thanks so much for the comment.

Seattle, WA - United States

Fantastic! Glad to add it to the Great Pacific Northwest group. Voted

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks so much Christine.... I'm glad you like it. :-)

USA Utah, Ut - United States

A beautiful capture and composition, so fresh and clean

Nick Boren replied:

I'm glad you like it Tracy... I will never forget standing at the top of Thompson Pass and viewing this scene with my own eyes.. :-)

Pattaya City, Ch - Thailand

Lovely composition Nick! V&F :^)

Nick Boren replied:

Thanks Ashley... I'm glad you like this Alaska landscape. :-)

Suncrest, WA - United States

Great place and very instructive description ! We learn every day something new! V/F

Nick Boren replied:

Yes we do learn something new every day... :-) Thanks so much for your nice comment Ana.

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The Last Frontier

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Nick Boren

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Thompson Pass is a 2,805 foot-high (855 meter-high) gap in the Chugach Mountains northeast of Valdez, Alaska.[1] It is the snowiest place in Alaska, recording 551.5 inches (1,401 cm) of snow per year on average.[2] In the winter of 1952�1953, 974.1 inches (2,474 cm) of snow fell�the most ever recorded in one season at one location in Alaska.[3] It is also the most snow ever recorded in one season at one location anywhere in the fifty states.[4] The pass also holds the Alaska record for the most snow in a single day: 62 inches (160 cm) fell on December 29, 1955.[3]

The pass was named in 1899 by U.S. Army captain William Abercrombie "in compliment to Hon. Frank Thomson, of Pennsylvania", but he spelled the name "Thompson" on his sketched map, and that spelling stuck.[1] The pass had been used by Alaska Native Ahtna people for generations prior to Abercrombie's arrival, but he marked and defined a trail through the pass for use by Klondike Gold Rush miners.[5] His route, which became the Valdez-Eagle Trail, later was used by the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System, which strung cables through Thompson Pass. The path through the pass continued to be improved, and automobiles first drove the entire length of the trail in 1913. By that point, it had become the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail, and it was renamed the Richardson Road in 1919.[6]

Because of heavy snowfall in Thompson Pass, the Richardson Highway was used only in summer.[citation needed] Not until 1950, when a freight company foreman demonstrated that the pass could be kept open with snowplows, was the road drivable year-round.[citation needed] The trail through the pass remained gravel until 1957, when the Territory of Alaska paved it.[citation needed] In the early 1970s, Thompson Pass was the scene of frantic activity as thousands of workers built a portion of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System from a camp located nearby.[citation needed] Heavy snowfall in the pass slowed work in the winter, but the pipeline was completed by 1977, and oil today flows through the pass on an almost constant basis.[citation needed]

Because Valdez is the southern terminus of the pipeline and Thompson Pass provides the only overland transportation link to Valdez, the state of Alaska maintains a road service station in the pass to keep it plowed and ice-free year-round. This facility includes Thompson Pass Airport,a short landing strip used by state aircraft which also serves as home to the annual Tailgate Alaska event. snowboarding The work of keeping the highway through the pass clear is extremely challenging due to weather conditions and was highlighted in the Discovery Channel television special Alaska: Most Extreme.

The pass is a popular destination for tourists and adventurers. Heliskiing and snowboarding are popular recreational activities, but the heavy snowfall in the pass causes frequent avalanches. Several tourists each year are killed in these avalanches.[7] The Valdez Avalanche Center provides regular snow avalanche danger reports.

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