Are You Ready For Your Summit Photo?

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Are you going hiking this weekend? Planning a climb of Mount Hood, Shasta, Rainier? There are two things you should be doing: training, and planning what your summit photo is going to look like. Here are a few things to think about:

1. What are you going to do with your hands?

a. thumbs up

b. gang signs

c. throw the horns

d. throw the horns and add the extra thumb (which means “I love you” instead of “so metal”)

e. Something awkward

f. shaka

g. double shaka

h. hold a pair of coconuts

2. Decide on the mood. Is everyone going to smile? No? Well, are you all going to look tough, like you did in your high school football team photo? Important.

3. Is your helmet crooked?

4. Try to display as much gear as possible so people viewing the photo will know you got into some serious shit up there. Ice axe, trekking poles, headlamp even if you didn’t use it — basically empty out your pack and hang everything off your person. Yeah. Now you look like what’s-his-name who climbed the Eiger really fast, Ueli Steck or whatever.

5. Are you jumping? That’s cool too, as long as your friend operating the camera can catch you at the top of your trajectory. If not, repeat it as many times as necessary to get the shot. I am not joking, I don’t care if you have to jump in the air 40-something times in the thin air above 12,000 feet. Start yelling “GODAMMIT, JIM” or whatever your friend’s name is after jump #20, and then maybe they’ll start to get it.

6. It’s not a bad idea to have someone take a shot of you by yourself, preferably looking pensive. Do you know how to look pensive? Just gaze away from the camera into the distance and think about some heavy shit, like how many rocks you’re standing on (I mean, for real) or whose new baby is going to be your favorite, Kim Kardashian’s or Kate Middleton’s.

7. Other props: If you bring a beer to the summit, everyone who sees your summit photo will know it was a pretty casual climb for you. If you bring a watermelon, everyone will know you are a badass, and hilarious. Make sure you bring something to cut the watermelon with.

8. Do you do yoga? Now’s the time. Only question is which pose. Savasana, Plow Pose and Happy Baby are always aesthetic and complementary of beautiful backdrops.

-Brendan

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18 Comments

  1. John
    May 23, 2013

    9. If you climb by yourself don’t forget to bring a stick to attach your camera to so that it doesn’t look like you took a selfie. Nothing says, “I have no friends and no one else would spend hours hiking with me to get here so I had to take my own picture,” like a summit selfie with half the frame blocked out by your own lonely arm.

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    • Jacob
      August 5, 2013

      Hahaha this made my day

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  2. Art
    May 23, 2013

    Good advice. For my money, I’m going with Kate Middleton.

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  3. BkPlmns
    May 23, 2013

    Either 4 or 6 for me. Hilarious!

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  4. May 23, 2013

    I like the idea of crafting a very personal and timely message to someone special, and then putting that message on something large that you carry all the way up to the summit just for them, like a banner or your bare ass cheeks. The burden demonstrates thoughtfulness and is therefore extra meaningful. Then read “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’brien. It’s about the Vietnam War, but relevant probably by some means of extrapolation.

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  5. Mtnlee
    May 23, 2013

    Women: Scantily clad and/or topless summit photos are totally rad!

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  6. Robi Pochapin
    May 23, 2013

    Your yoga suggestions kill me. .\m/

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  7. Nik Berry
    May 23, 2013

    Looks like there is some serious pocket pool going on in your summit shot.

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  8. Ryan
    May 23, 2013

    I love the idea of the watermelon. But all the sarcasm just made me not want to do it. :(

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  9. May 23, 2013

    Personally, I do the Uncle Rico pose. To show off my gunz…

    But the Paul Ryan poses in the pic on this post are about as good as they get.

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  10. Aaron F
    May 24, 2013

    When you hike mountains in a fur lined thong the photos speak for themselves.

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  11. Steve
    May 24, 2013

    I need some clarification on #3. Should I make my helmet jauntily crooked, or is straight the word?

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  12. Cujo
    May 28, 2013

    TIL that the sign I’ve always called “hang ten” is called “shaka”.

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    • branface
      May 28, 2013

      learn more about shakas from ‘sprout’ :-)

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  13. June 21, 2013

    But what about the shirtless/naked option?
    Also, someone stole my spiderman costume!

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