Light in the Darkness
Backpacker|January 2022
In winter, as the nights stretch and daylight disappears, there’s a certain beauty to be found in the darkness.
KRISTIN SMITH

I watch the puffs of my exhalations condense above my sleeping bag, the tiny ice crystals flashing in the light of my headlamp. It’s 11 p.m., and night fell hours ago on our campsite a mile down a closed-for-winter Forest Service road in Montana. Now, ensconced in cozy down and wool, I feel the untimely call of nature.

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