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Bald Mountain Cornice

The cornice of Bald Mountain, overlooking Vail and I-70, in July 1997. Photo/Allen Best

From looking at this photo, can you tell where it is? I climbed this mountain several times through the years. It’s 12,000 feet, and just north of Vail. Most years, the cornice drooping over the summit ridges lingers well through summer. This photo was taken in mid-July — just minutes before a storm rumbled through, causing me and my companions to pick up our paces to get below treeline.

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