This is my first take on the famous "North Pole," coined by the landscape artist Michael Fatali back in the 90s and featured in his image of the same name. This same "North Pole" image retails for over $162,000! I was fortunate to also capture some images of the Archangel cascades, and the famous "Subway Crack" as well while there.
We canyoneered the famous top-down technical route, which is the more strenuous and complex of the two ways to get to this spot.
The route is considered Class 3B III intermediate-advanced canyoneering, depending on conditions, involving handlining/rappelling over 30 foot cliffs, down climbs, bouldering, wayfinding, swimming, and some of the most intense and strenuous hiking you've ever done in your life.
We arrived the morning after a violent flash flood had destroyed the entire canyon the night before. It looked like a tornado had gone through there. There were several spots where we had to swim through 30-50 feet of brown debris-filled muck that was o...