Black Elk Peak, Segment II: Cathedral Spires to the Summit

Cathedral Spires is an area where I could camp for days on end, if it were permissible.

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Yet, there was something of grandeur lying ahead for me, on Sunday afternoon, July 21:  The summit of Black Elk Peak.

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The columbine were there to send me forward.

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As I ascended, the views of the surrounding Black Hills region underscored the uplifting air.

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While the haze was a small bit of a damper, one can look beyond it and be glad for such as this.

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The summit was now just a stone’s throw away, once past this little “tunnel”.

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Upon reaching the summit, I found several rather hazy views, but there was also this:

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and this,

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this,

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courtesy of this:

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It was a beautiful day, in the hawks’ neighbourhood.

Next:  Playtime at the summit and someone’s harrowing descent

8 thoughts on “Black Elk Peak, Segment II: Cathedral Spires to the Summit

  1. incredibly beautiful. I find it sad, however, that the natural state of the place is marred by white man’s catwalks and railings, etc, with a tower at the top. seems rather anticlimactic, to me. still, I’d want to go there and see.

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  2. I’m amazed at the amount of truly beautiful countryside we have — and on a clear day, you can see forever! It looks as if they might have had a pretty serious forest fire in that area — or is it a tree disease like the bark beetle that killed so many trees?

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