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The heart of the Black Hills is its ancient granite uplift, crowned by the 7,242' Harney Peak, seen on the right. But the mountain that has always captured my imagination is the less lofty, craggier Elkhorn, left, constantly in view from Palmer Gulch. Sometimes painted pink in the setting sun, sometimes quiet and brooding in the evening mist, I have always been fascinated by its couloirs and cliffs.

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