First Winter Photos of Yellowstone taken 129 years ago

[image: early.jpg] 129 years ago on January the 5th, 1887, Frank Jay Haynes set out on his epic 29-day, 200-mile ski and snowshoe expedition and takes the first known winter photos in Yellowstone. The journey itself was quite a feat, let alone having to haul heavy equipment and chemicals to develop photos in the field. Haynes set out with arctic explorer Frederick Schwatka and 11 other guides, pulling sleds laden with their gear. The group traveled from Mammoth to Norris in two days, but the altitude affected Schwatka, and he abandoned the tour. Haynes and three other guides decided to continue on and visit both the lower and upper geyser basin and Yellowstone Falls. That's when things got bad. In an attempt to reach Yancey’s Pleasant Valley Hotel, the party became stranded for three days on the slopes of Mount Washburn in a blinding, frigid snowstorm. With scarce food and shelter, the group nearly died. Once the weather cleared they did finally make it to Yancey’s, where they recuperated before returning to Mammoth. When all was said and done, the group traveled nearly a month and covered 200 miles, during which the temperatures varied from -10 degrees to -52 degrees below zero. But perhaps the biggest feat: Haynes returned with 42 winter photographs – the first ever taken in the Park during that time of year [image: elk.jpg] Photo H/t National Park Service #reboot #news #buckrail