The snows came early that year. Even from way down here in the valley, we could see the touch of whiteness on those high, jagged walls at the top of the world.
We hoped that at least one of the passes remained open and sent the drone up to explore. High Pass was so steep that any snow at all would make it impassable, but it would be much quicker if it remained clear, so we checked it first.
--No such luck.