During this poem the musicians face many challenges preparing for the photograph. In our answer we have to analyse 3 of the challenges that they face on their decent up into the alpine terrain past the tree line carrying all there instruments. The writer uses contract in the poem and the second way he does this is by a metaphor. The metaphor shown is, “intrsaments safely sheathed”. In this passage it gives us the idea that there instruments they use to make music are weapons and safely “sheathed” away just like a sword would be. To dive desperate into explaining this metaphor personally I can see that the whole poem is a war, weather verse musicians. No matter how hard the musicians play there music while getting photographed they are no match for the weathers weapons like the “relentless wind” and the “snow crossed air”.