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A Date with the Devil: Jakita Ridge-Devil’s Dome Loop, North Cascades, Washington State

“The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, as long as we keep our foot on his neck. ”  WILLIAM JAMES We climbed up and up, the vistas unfolding, the massive glaciered crag of Jack Mountain – the “King of the Skagit” – revealing itself close enough to touch, the Picket Range and Mount Baker gathering up the thunder clouds on their crests to the far west.   This is what calls...

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A Gift of Glory – Sunrise over Cerro Torre, Patagonia

The firefly glow of our headlamps mapped out the winding trail through trees and boulders to the moraine, the ghostly spire of Cerro Torre just peeking over the top.   Cresting the ridge, across our field of view was luminescent ice, vertical rock and water: Laguna Torre and behind it a row of high sheer pinnacles rising above a sweep of glaciers, the magnificent Cerro Torre (10,262’) rising above...

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The Primal Race Between Sockeye and Brown Bear at Brooks Falls, Katmai, Alaska

I was one of those kids who couldn’t get enough of Mutual of Omaha’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ and the voyages of Jacques Cousteau. Nature’s splendid diversity and mystery was captivating, though sometimes the violence of it made me hide behind the sofa (“Nooooo, not the baby elephant…..!!!”) I found myself feeling the same combination of wonder, fascination and horror more than four decades later standing o...

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