Northern States Ride 2016

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The remote Beartooth Mountains are part of the Beartooth Plateau, an extensive upland with high tundra cut by deep canyons, carpeted in wildflowers when the snow melts in early July. The mountains are composed of ancient Archean crystalline rocks. Bears Tooth, the dramatic 11612 foot (3539 m) spire at center, is a coveted and difficult climb, not climbed in winter until 2010.

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