A Night Near 12,000 ft. (SLV – Photos)

Crestone, August 23, 2016

After Ukraine, Belarus has now finally also been added to EURDEP (–> left column: Advanced map).

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A radiation data blog posts right before and right after, but in between I hiked up to South Crestone Lake (11,730 ft. elevation) and spent the night there.  Another world.  I needed that.  Streneous hike, but gorgeous.  Nippy already… (Meanwhile it received its first significant snow “of the on-coming winter” last night.  Early, but not unheard of in the Rockies.  We could still get an awesome late summer, as happened last year.)

Couple photos from the two-day journey above Crestone’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, flanking the easterns side of Southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley:

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The first herd of Bighorn Sheep showed up when I was drying my tent before packing up:

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;-)  Personal favorite of this hike:

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Marmot (of the squirrel family):

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American Red Squirrel:

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Gorgeous patches of wildflowers all over:

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Already around noon, I noticed the clouds building and found that was a bit early, very likely to result in thunderstorms later in the afternoon, so I left many hours sooner than planned:

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View of the Baca subdivision by Crestone before the last major switch-backs:

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By the time I got to town, a torrential rain and hail storm with lightning was already sweeping the mountains…

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