38″ by 52″ | Sold | Oil on Linen
Yet about us the lakes and dim forests dream on, reluctant to stir; though the darkness is gone; and of all the earth’s hosts only we are abroad in this hour when the peaks are communing with God.
–Fritioff Fryxell and Ann Boaden
Fritioff Fryxell, 1900 – 1986, American geologist and mountaineer
Dr. L. Ann Boaden, Associate Professor of English, Augustana College
Fryxell pioneered many of the first asents in the Tetons on his days off as a Park ranger in the 1930s.
This view is from the Petzoldt Caves above Garnet Canyon. It’s a campsite used by Paul Petzoldt when he was guiding routes in the 1920s and 1930s. It’s an airy perch, but sheltered by some of the last trees you’ll see on the trail. I camped here once in May when the caves were snowed in. It snowed all night, but I was quite comfortable in a bivy sack and an umbrella over my head. In the morning I was treated to the incredible colors of the alpenglow hitting the peaks.
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