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December 23, 2010
The stairway emerged on a rocky mounstainside. A few trees had taken root here and there, deformed by the wind. A footpath angled up the slope and I set off to follow it on unsteady footing. The earth still trembled underfoot. A wind had disturbed the surrounding mists. Dark banners of cloud began streaming around the shoulders of the mountain. At length the path reached the edge of a deep crevasse between two peaks. The ground's movement had grown stronger, heaving and swaying. I had to get down on hands and knees to avoid falling into the jagged darkness below.