A Different Perspective of the Yosemite Firefall

In February of 2021, Sean Goebel and I made an attempt to photograph the Yosemite Horsetail Falls “Firefall” phenomenon from an angle that hasn’t been photographed many times before: the valley rim. It has been seldom shot due to the difficulty of accessing the crater rim when conditions are right. The road is typically closed from Badger Pass forward due to a thick barrier of snow on the road. We snowshoed nearly 11 miles from Badger Pass to Glacier Point with 2 backpacks and a sled full of gear and food to last 5 days and 4 nights. The hike in took 10 hours and was the most exhausting I’ve ever done. The all day rain made the snow extra soft, making my snowshoes sink in nearly a foot at times. It felt like walking through mud. We arrived to camp at Glacier Point for the night at 8pm and I was so tired that I felt like I was going to puke. We quickly setup camp and made dinner for the night.


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