National Geographic : 1996 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * TRANGO ASCENT Not Quite at the End of His Rope DON'T SHOW this magazine to BILL HATCHER'S mom. "She knows I climb rocks, and she knows I take pic tures," says the freelance photographer (right), hanging in the air at 18,800 feet to shoot the Trango Tower ascent in Pakistan. "But she would prefer to think I do this all with trick photography." The only trick on Trango was staying alive. "Rockslides just poured off that mountain; you got used to the sound of stones pelting your helmet. Once a 30-pound chunk of ice came tum bling down and bounced off my leg!" After traveling the world as an Army brat, Bill took photojournalism classes while getting a his tory degree from the University of Wyoming. He now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. ARAN ISLANDS Having the Stomach for the Job "I HAD FORGOTTEN to take my seasickness pills," re members freelance photog rapher SUSIE POST (below). Shooting salmon fishing off Ireland's Aran Islands landed her a boatload of misery. "The worse I felt, the less I cared about focus, or whether my cameras were drenched, or whether I would ever eat again. All I wanted was to sit still, look straight ahead at the land, and hold on tight. I sat there for five hours!" But she got her pictures. Susie started in photog raphy almost by chance. Pursuing a business degree BOBBYMODEL from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she took photogra phy "because I was looking for small classes." The course changed her life. "I learned that photogra phy was something that could drive my heart." ALEX GLEESON NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688. $25.00 AYEAR,$3.00 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C.20013.