MORFAR'S VIEW OF THE WINDS
The first published drawing of the Rocky Mountains was sketched during the famous expedition of 1842 lead by John Charles Fremont. At the time, it was believed that Fremont Peak in the Wind River Range was the highest peak in all of the Rocky Mountains. Thus leading to the famous sketch “A View of the Winds” by German cartographer Charles Preuss.
This short documentary follows Dr. Conrad Smith, a 79-year-old professor, on his quest to locate and recreate the original sketch with a photo from the exact same rock where Charles Preuss sat while drawing the original sketch 177 years ago. For nearly a decade, Dr. Smith has poured his efforts into his obsession, hunting down the original journals from the 1842 expedition, hiring a private plane for aerial photos, and taking several trips on foot deep into the Wyoming backcountry - even being life-flighted out in 2016. This film documents the final expedition into the Wind River Mountains to capture the photo of Fremont Peak from Preuss Rock.