Photo of the Week: Feb 20, 2012

Dawn punches through the clouds on the sprawling Hellroaring Plateau in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  During my visit here last Saturday, I was surprised to find so little snowpack above 10,000 feet elevation.  What little snow there was had been windswept across the tundra, exposing ancient granite rocks and frozen alpine grasses on this February day.  I had spoken to an aquaintence earlier in the week about a future ski touring adventure across the plateau, but in these conditions that would have been impossible!

Stay tuned for more photos from this adventure later this week!

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