Climbing Castle Mountain

Mountaineer and photographer Jeff Handlin summits Castle Mountain in the Absaroka/Beartooth Range.

The Beartooth Mountains of south-central Montana may not be the highest mountains in America, but they are some of the most rugged and beautiful. Photographer and mountaineer Jeff Handlin has made this range his home away from home, climbing some of the most remote peaks in the region.

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Jeff Handlin hiking 10 miles into his base camp below Whitetail Peak. Photo by Jeff Handlin

His latest adventure, climbing 12,612-foot Castle Mountain, the third highest peak in Montana led to the photos here. “After about six hours of ascending mixed rock and snow, including a moderately dangerous, exposed, class 4 scramble when I accidentally went off-route, I made the summit,” Handlin says of his climb. “I was treated to astounding views that most people will never get to see of the Absarokas and beyond all the way to Yellowstone Park.”

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Indian Paintbrush, Beartooth Mountains. Photo by Jeff Handlin
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Sunrise at the head of the West Fork Valley. Photo by Jeff Handlin
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View from the summit. Photo by Jeff Handlin

To see more of Jeff’s photography, click HERE.


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