Austin Post

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Austin Post
Austin Post.jpg
Born(1922-03-16)16 March 1922
Died12 November 2012(2012-11-12) (aged 90)
Known forAerial photography of the mountains glaciers of North America
Chickamin Glacier, Dome Peak, 1965

Austin S. Post (16 March 1922 – 12 November 2012[1]) was a photographer, glaciologist, and mountaineer known for his aerial photography of the mountains and glaciers of North America, particularly the North Cascades of Washington and Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Post worked for many years as a research scientist for the United States Geological Survey and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2004, despite not having graduated from high school.[2][3] Many of his photographs are used in the Cascade Alpine Guide books by Fred Beckey.[4][5][6] Post names Bradford Washburn as a photographic influence.[2] He lived on Vashon Island, Washington.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

Klawatti Glacier, North Cascades National Park, 1969
  • Post, Austin; Don Richardson; Wendell V. Tangborn; F. L. Rosselot (1971). Geological Survey Professional Paper 705—A: Inventory of Glaciers in the North Cascades, Washington. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  • Brugman, Melinda M.; Austin Post (1981). USGS Circular 850-D: Effects of Volcanism on the Glaciers of Mount St. Helens. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 7 March 2007.
  • Post, Austin; LaChapelle, Edward R. (2000) [1971]. Glacier Ice (2nd ed.). University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-97910-0.

Selected ascents[edit]

  • First ascent of the Southeast Ridge of the White Princess, Eastern Alaska Range, 1950, Austin Post, Gottfried Ehrenburg, Don MacAskill, Lawrence E. Nielsen[7]


  1. ^ "Austin S. Post Obituary." The New York Times, 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Scurlock, John (Summer 2007). "Austin Post: Legendary Chronicler of Glaciers". Northwest Mountaineering Journal (4). Archived from the original on 25 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Vashon Island scientist's lifelong love affair with glaciers". Seattle Times. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  4. ^ Beckey, Fred (2000) [1973]. Columbia River to Stevens Pass. Cascade Alpine Guide. 1 (3rd ed.). Seattle, Washington: Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-577-8.
  5. ^ Beckey, Fred (2003) [1973]. Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass. Cascade Alpine Guide. 2 (3rd ed.). Seattle, Washington: Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-152-7.
  6. ^ Beckey, Fred (1995) [1981]. Rainy Pass to Fraser River. Cascade Alpine Guide. 3 (2nd ed.). Seattle, Washington: Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-423-2.
  7. ^ Nielsen, Lawrence E. (1952). "Eastern Alaska Range". American Alpine Journal: 362–364. ISSN 0065-6925.

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