About the Photographer

Photo of the PhotographerHarry Cartland has been hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, paddling, diving, and generally enjoying the outdoors for 40+ years. He was introduced to the Sierra in 1980 as a Berkeley doctoral student in the College of Chemistry, and has been coming back ever since.

In real life, Harry trained as a scientist and then served as an officer in the Regular Army for seven years, with a number of assignments including the Ballistic Research Laboratory and the Staff and Faculty of the United States Military Academy, where he taught chemistry and physics, as well as mountaineering. After leaving the Army and a short period with the Army Research Office and Duke University, he was a physicist and project leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. More recently Harry served on the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee, and subsequently as a member of the bipartisan Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. He is currently involved in several technology ventures.

Surf BirdHarry is frequently joined by his wife Joan, whom he met at Berkeley graduate school. As a physician, she makes a valuable travel partner (gastrointestinal distress on every continent so far - thank science for Cipro), besides which she is a good sport. She even married him despite spending a large part of a night on the floor of that $2 a night room in a small town in the Peruvian Andes, after the Shining Path blew up the power station (and the ensuing automatic weapons fire). Her North American "life list" has passed 700. They live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

How does any of this qualify him as a photographer? It doesn't of course. But taking pictures keeps him out of real trouble. Mostly.

Let's be careful out there.

About the Website

This website was born of frustration with "professional website development." Having paid three times for a website associated with one particular startup effort, and still unsatisfied with the product, I felt compelled to learn something about the business. How hard could it be, especially for someone with experience writing code? Hard enough as it turns out.

So it began as an exercise to teach myself a little XTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, but languished after several starts and stops. Then, in the spring of 2012, I was up at Tahoe to catch the last weekend of skiing at Squaw. By Saturday afternoon, I was pretty sure I had a problem with my truck - the engine was overheating and the coolant level dropping, with little fluid leaking underneath. I managed to make it to and from the mountain on Sunday, but confirmed my worst suspicion - blown head gasket. With the slopes closed, and a week to kill waiting for a rebuilt engine, I spent 12-14 hours a day in a dark motel room (they gave me a good rate) marking this up, breaking the back of the problem. The rest was just bells and whistles.

Have at it.

Everest Region Panorama

The Everest Region from Kala Patthar, Khumbu, Himalaya.

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