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Bears Ears mini-series 2/3: In the autumn following our spring Alaska trip, Liz was killed in an avalanche in Patagonia on a splitboard mountaineering trip. When I received the call, I was devastated. She was such a light in the world, and it was a huge loss for everyone. My connection to Bears Ears and Indian Creek is through Liz. A year after she died, I organized a camping and climbing trip to climb in her memory, and try to find healing in those sandstone cracks. Doing my first trad leads in the Creek was a fitting way to celebrate her life. The loss still feels unbearably painful, and I miss her everyday. #livelikeliz #defendbearsears Photo: @rob.lea

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