Watch Your Step

Work in progress
Clay for Bronze

The life of a mountain man in the American West was one of scarcity, and was continuously plagued with danger.  Every step they took they had to be on the look out for hostile Indians, bad weather, dehydration, unstable rugged terrain, and of course wild and dangerous animals. The risks were high for those who crossed any on that list but encountering more than one at once was certain disaster.  If he survived he was sure to have a great tale to share around the campfire.

With his rifle just out of reach the outcome of this story hangs on by the thin thread of his years of experience and his sheer determination for survival.

"The Mountains have rules. They are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe.  A mountain is not like men.  A mountain is sincere.  The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul."

                            -Walter Bonatti