I took this photo in Banff, Alberta during a 10K cross country ski route along the Spray River. Along the trail, we were towered by tall, frosted mountains as they watched over us and temperatures fell below -30C. It was afternoon, but the mountains cast a long ominous shadow creating a sunset scene very early – around 3PM. The only sounds were of the wind howling, our cold winter breaths, and the distant ruffling of trees and branches against wildlife.
Cross country skiing is more about mental fitness than it is physical; to me, that’s what the picture represents. I wanted to capture a sense of being alone in the wilderness at the mercy of nature and its magnificence. Three of us were alone with little food and water (our group split up and the others had more resources) and no other skiers in sight. There were many times when the thought of giving up and waiting for medical help came to our minds. The thrill added to an exceptionally memorable experience.
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Contributor and Photographer at The Link Canada
Abdullah Ishaque is a correspondent and photographer for The Link Canada. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, he is currently an MD/PhD student at the University of Alberta. He completed his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto where he began photography in 2008. Abdullah focuses his work towards telling stories and providing enriched experiences.