The aerial view only suggests the scale of this epic contest.
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I edged my toes to the brink of an abyss a thousand feet deep, issuing my own small dare to this mighty mountain, and from this precarious apex of the world I gazed a hundred miles out to the vast eastern horizon, where dawnlight was rising to join me in the icy sky.
As one does, I found a stone, flung it out and watched it vanish far, far below my boots. That drew my eyes down to where I could just make out eagles spiraling into their first sorties of the morning.
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