This is a photo of Lake Louise with Mount Victoria in the middle of the image just below the cloud. Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Yesterday, on the internet I came across a story about a man named Trevor Sexsmith who died in a skiing accident on Mount Victoria. http://unofficialnetworks.com/2016/09/early-season-avalanche-in-banff-national-park-claims-the-life-of-trevor-sexsmith
Since I love the Canadian Rockies and have been lucky enough to spend time there photographing the wildlife and landscape over the years, I googled Trevor Sexsmith to see who he was and found his site http://perpetualski.ca/2016/09/
Getting to the summit of even moderate peaks is real work for me, so reading his trip narratives and watching the incredible videos of his adventures left me slackjawed.
I was inspired and awed by the places he chose to go, his ability to get there and then to willingly drop off the edge on skis.
The level of fitness, knowledge of snow and ice, climbing, navigation, and the comfort he demonstrated in such a seemingly perilous environment was really something.
The fact this young man chose to spend his time and energy scaling mountain peaks and then skiing back down seems like a beautiful way to live.
I'm thankful he documented his adventures in photos, videos, and words. His doing so allowed me to see views I would never see and go along on remarkable adventures I would never attempt or accomplish myself.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.