Collegiate Peaks High Adventure 2011 – Day 3
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Kroenke Lake – Hartenstein Lake
This day was scheduled to be our easiest of the week. Just a short trip up and over the Continental Divide and then on to Hartenstein Lake.
It was kind of a strange morning. We purposely slept in a little, but then had to hustle around camp to get packed up before being hit with what looked like a really nasty storm. Thankfully the storm blew over and we were treated to nice blue skies for the rest of the day.
The climb was initially very steep and then eased off a little bit. It was nice to not have to hurry to our destination, and have plenty of time for looking around, stalking marmots, etc.
We took off the packs and relaxed for a while up on the pass. Other than being a touch cold, it was really pleasant. The mountains and clouds around us were very striking. Ice Mountain looked amazingly cool, and was put on the ever growing must-do list.
The dominant flower in the area was the Alpine Sunflower. The grow slowly for several years (10+?), concentrating on storing up as much starch as they can in the taproot during what is a very short growing season. Then, when conditions are right, they bloom once – then die.
Blue skies, puffy white clouds, crushed granite trails, and lots of flowers. Good day on the trail.
The next photo shows my 1993 Mountainsmith pack. Still going strong.
We made camp in the early afternoon and had plenty of time to lay around, explore, and generally goof off. I took up my favorite high alpine lake passtime of using a dead stick to smack rocks way out into the water. If you find just the right ‘bat’, you can hit those rocks pretty far!
Soon dinner arrived, on Henry’s back! He had made the drive from home picking up deli sandwiches, chips, candy bars, along the way and hiked in to meet us. Wow! We gorged on some good grub and shared some laughs. That was awesome!
Then the binoc’s came out and we spent the rest of the evening spotting critters waaaay up on the mountainside. Amazing what you can see if you know where to look.
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