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Lake Isabelle

Friday, July 7th, 2017 in Colorado
Lake Isabelle
A clear view of Mt Audubon (13,223 ft) from Brainard Lake.
Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks as seen from Lake Isabelle.
Brainard Lake with view of Mt Audubon (right), Pawnee Peak (center), and Shoshonie Peak (far left) in the distance.

Area map: view USGS topo map

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Assortment

Acclimation
Acclimation
This caliber of cold takes some getting used to. I thought I would ease myself into it by going for a short ten-minute walk to get acclimated to the arctic air.
Slimbridge
Slimbridge
Altitudinal Attitude Adjustment
Altitudinal Attitude Adjustment
On a hike from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake, I discover that adjusting my attitude is the best way to deal with high altitudes. Because if you mope about being a bit breathless in thin air, you’re probably overlooking the spectacular views.