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A Photo Essay
Photography by Thom Pollard and Kent Harvey

Revisit the NOVA team's climb through pictures. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.
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Welcome to Talkeetna
The Alaska Range from a small propeller plane.
Low on the mountain, on "Ski Hill," climber/astronaut John Grunsfeld organizes gear in his tent.
Cameraman Ned Johnston prepares to film crevasse rescue training at 7,200 feet.
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The Kahiltna Dome, illuminated by "alpenglow."
The team travels by night to avoid the intense heat of the sun and arrives at the 11,000-foot camp at 5:00 a.m.
Pete Athans and the NOVA crew hunker down at 11,000 feet.
Protected from the wind by the walls they constructed from blocks of ice, the NOVA team sets up camp at 11,000 feet.
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Liesl Clark, Caitlin Palmer, Karl Swanson, and Colby Coombs enjoy the view from their 11,000-foot camp. Foraker looms behind, capped by a lenticular cloud.
"Eating well is extremely important," explains expedition leader Colby Coombs, seen here making pancakes for the crew.
The NOVA team prepares for a carry from 11,000 feet as another team makes their way up the mountain.
The NOVA team leaves 11,000-foot camp en route to Fourteen Medical.
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Dr. Peter Hackett pauses en route to 14,200 feet Medical Camp, a camp he helped to establish.
Guides Karl Swanson and Sassan Mossanen carry loads up the West Buttress route of Denali.
Cameraman Ned Johnston films through the haze on Denali.
Climbers make their way towards the infamous "Windy Corner."
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The Lama, a high-altitude rescue helicopter, sets down at 14,200 feet.
Dr. Howard Donner and John Grunsfeld prepare a landing site for a Chinook helicopter, which will soon rescue a climber in need of immediate medical attention.
In a rescue effort coordinated by the National Park Service, volunteers carry a fallen climber to an Army Chinook helicopter. The climber injured his ribs, but was soon released from the hospital.
As the NOVA crew films, Dr. Peter Hackett takes blood samples of climbers. Dr. Hackett is currently investigating Acute Mountain Sickness on a cellular level.
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A view of Washburn's Thumb Approach, named after Denali legend Bradford Washburn.
Guide Karl Swanson surveys the route ahead as the team moves toward 17,000 feet.
A climber pushes his way to 17,200 feet.
Secured to each other using ropes, the team makes their way to the camp at 17,200 feet.
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Mount Foraker rises above a thick layer of clouds.
Climbers make their way up the ridge to 17,200 feet on Denali.
The team arrives at 17,200-foot camp.
Guide Johnny Soderstrom uses a saw to cut ice blocks.
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DV cameraman Kent Harvey packs for a carry high on Denali.
Climbers march single file. Mount Foraker in the distance.
The NOVA crew breaks to enjoy (and film) the view from a vantage point known as "The Edge of the World."

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