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[TR] A Special Autumn Weekend in the Enchantments - Snow Lake 10/21/2011

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Trip: [TR] A Special Autumn Weekend in the Enchantments - Snow Lake

 

Date: 10/21/2011

 

Trip Report:

Lots of fresh powder and peak fall color transformed the Enchantments into one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The pictures don’t do it justice. Matt, Brendan, and I spent three nights and three days here, but years wouldn’t be enough. You could die here laying out of the pristine granite as the clouds floated overhead behind twisting red larches against deep blue skies. The sun, moon, and stars must take special pleasure in casting their ancient light on this alpine paradise.

 

The mornings brought granite covered in slick ice that sent many hikers earthbound. Travelers’ spirited shouts of “godd@mnit” and “f$#!” as they slipped echoed off of the glistening, deep blue lakes, and frosted peaks in the early morning alpenglow, waking perhaps a weary ptarmigan or arousing the curiosity of a grazing mountain goat.

 

After close to 30 miles of hiking around, much of it with a 65-pound pack, our legs paid the very reasonable price of admission by turning into a thick, rubbery substance, incapable of moving with any semblance of grace or normalcy. The site of a leg press machine or someone doing squats would’ve induced vomiting in each of us.

 

Click on any picture for a larger version with a description.

 

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Re-posted from my tumblr blog.

 

Gear Notes:

Crampons not a bad idea for early morning travel, especially leaving the lower enchantments towards Snow Lake.

 

Approach Notes:

Wasn't much snow until just before Lake Viviane.

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