Laramie Peak

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Laramie Peak, the highest of the Laramie Range of Wyoming, rises 10,274 feet.Photo by Richard F. Fleck

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Bouncing along in a jeep toward distant Laramie Peak on the high plains of Wyoming, I think I must be some sort of charging bison stampeded by my own desire to climb a mountain of such a perfect pyramid shape standing so purple on the horizon. Switching back and forth through forests of Douglas fir and aspen, I cannot seem to gain the higher pinnacles looming above, and I try to dream them lower down in the valley, and then, way beyond my dreamtime, I scramble up the last high spiny ridges to the fire tower and gaze far out on the rolling sagebrush prairie to a very faint dark line of the sacred Black Hills.