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Crypt Lake’s Hanging Valley

After recovering from the dizziness from being on a rocky scramble two feet wide with a thousand foot drop on the ledge, I finally felt brave enough to get my camera back out.

This is the view of the hanging valley as you descend from the ultimate destination of Crypt Lake on this Waterton hike.

The mountains of the western Americas all result from the same tectonic plate, and yet the differences between the ranges and even within the ranges are so vast.  In the Rockies, Waterton’s mountains have a red underlay while Banff’s are greyer in tone.  The Andes mountains of Peru are jungled while those of Patagonia are jagged.

While I quest for more mountains and more mountaintop views, people have asked why I seek out mountains in other countries since we already have the gorgeous Rockies for just a short (or long, in Waterton’s case) drive away.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to explain it, so there’s a Robert MacFarlane quote to do it for me: “Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”

 

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