Photo of the Week: Mar 19, 2012

Summer clouds wisp silently over the Beartooth sky as late afternoon shadows stretch across the granite face below Silver Run Plateau in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

I captured this time lapse from my camp at the foot of Sundance Pass during a weekend solo expedition to the summit of 12,603-foot Castle Mountain last August.  As I struggled up the mountain that day, meanwhile a thousand miles away in Oregon, my father-in-law, Larry faced his own struggle against the inevitable with pancreatic cancer.  Larry’s spirit occupied my thoughts a lot that weekend, and months later we still find ourselves trying to comprehend the meaning of his loss.  As I return from Larry’s memorial service in Washington State this week, I dedicate this photo to his legacy.

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