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The Upper Realm

The Upper Realm

Alex Jeffers
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The upper regions of the world reveal a stark environment of awe-inspiring power and beauty for those prepared to venture there. In this special LEGEND photo essay featuring the mountains of Alaska, the Alps, Antarctica, India, Nepal, Norway, and Scotland, we've selected a portfolio of our favourite images from a panel of leading photographers to provide some inspiration for your own mountain adventures in the year ahead.





 Xavier de le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten, and Ralph Backstrom crossing a glacier deep in the Alaskan wilderness 

Tero Repo / Red Bull 



High winds in the Ellsworth Mountains of Antarctica. This is the highest of all the ranges in Antarctica, forming a 200 mile chain of mountains on the western edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf in Marie Byrd Land

Zac Poulton



A snowboarder charges the fall line on a steep variant of Cosmiques Couloir, one of the classic ski mountaineering descents in the Mont Blanc massif, Chamonix

David Pickford



Ascending a large icefield high on Nanda Devi East (7434m) in the Kumaun Himalaya, India

Mark Thomas / Jöttnar Pro Team



 Jöttnar Pro Team member Alison Culshaw taking the straight line down in the Chamonix Valley

Daniel Wildey



Making slow progress on a knife-edge ridge in an alpine white-out

John Thornton



High on the Rogue Pitch of Point Five Gully, Ben Nevis, Scotland

Connor Holdsworth 



Mont Blanc du Tacul seen from the Grand Envers in an incoming winter storm. Shortly after this image was taken the entire Mont Blanc massif vanished in cloud for the next 36 hours

David Pickford 



Three climbers moving together on Mount Vinson (4,892 metres), the highest mountain in Antarctica. The Vinson massif is 21 miles long and lies just 750 miles from the South Pole. It forms part of the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains

Zac Poulton



Xavier de le Rue and Samuel Anthamatten ascend a couloir in Svalbard, Norway, prior to making a ski and snowboard descent

Tero Repo / Red Bull



A climber watches the sun rising over Tso Mori lake from the icefields of Mentok II (6150m) in southeast Ladakh, Indian Himalaya

David Pickford 



High on Denali, Alaska

Jonathan Griffith / Alpine Exposures



Ilyushin IL76 on the final approach to Union Glacier, Antarctica

Zac Poulton



Sunrise above a cloud inversion on icefields high above the Mera La, Solukhumbu, Nepal

David Pickford



On the narrow ridge of Liathach in deep midwinter, Torridon, Scotland

Will Herman



Eerie cloud formations above Mount Vinson base camp, Antarctica

Zac Poulton 



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