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April 11, 2006 First Grid Completion South Hancock
June 23, 2009Second Grid Completion Mt Isolation
May 6, 2012Third Grid Completion Galehead
June 9, 2013Fourth Grid CompletionMoriah
August 2, 2014Fifth Grid CompletionCannon
December 1, 2016Sixth Grid CompletionGarfield

To Israel, 2009-2012,
beloved companion, unshakeable friend.
May you know always the untethered freedom we came at times to take for granted;
May you live in dog heaven forever amid beautiful females and admiring hangers-on;
May you remember at times your feckless master, tromping about on high
and calling out your name.

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ISOLATION

A man wandering in mountains finds
in winter above treeline whole conceptions
of shadow and light: fretcomb clouds

walling up against abundances of ice,
heaps of gneissic rock aglitter
beneath a thousand shades of wanton

iridescent blue: a man wandering in winter
mountains quickly forgets who and what
he came for, abdicates and abnegates, shucks

off ambition, responsibility, all things
corporate or corporeal, lets pinnacled
steep overwhelm: light is

pure light, and snow falling into nooks
and gashes of a ridgeline assume shapes
and structures even art and artisan

canít conceive: a man in winter
wandering dark mountains compasses so closely
landscape heís adjoined to, hears

amid frozen catchments the dripdrop
of juncos hopping, looks to see snow
buntings boomerang from cliff face

to slackening sky: wandering in mountains
a man in dark winter knows next to nothing
yet studies the sere white grid

of his maunder in lapidary ways: assailing sleetstrung
heights, enduring spindrift sieges and moving
step by step toward cairn past anchoring cairn,

he follows contours mountains
hold out to him, bows to avoid spruce
boughs heaped with camelsí humps of snow,

and by lamplight will sink sometimes
to his knees, unburying a hidden stream.
Then again a mountain man

in winter sometimes just has to
go on, trusting shadow
and radiance, declivity and peak,

and the long untrammeled walk from nowhere
that will free him for dreaming, relieve him
of burden, until he next returns.

Timothy Muskat ©2013

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Carla, Tim, Harrison and Galen at Nauman Tentsite, August 1999

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Memory believes before knowing remembers. †
óWilliam Faulkner, Light in August

Jeffrey Poor and Carla Schneider, Timís oldest friends, mid-Pemi Horseshoe, June 1985, Guess Where

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