I love that Eric is always trying to get me out, but when Eric hit me up to hike to Isabelle Glacier in the Indian Peaks I tried to find something else to do. A full day of hiking with my skis on my back is not my favorite activity. But when I didn't have anything else to do I said what the hell.
Eric Poore and his roommate Steve picked me up at 6am to head to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, and by the time we get to the trailhead the parking lot is overflowing. We finally find a spot an additional mile away from the trailhead and start booting it past Lost Lake and towards the Isabelle Glacier.
|Steve and Eric greet the sun with skis. Note Eric's broken wrist.|
|Lake Isabelle looking pretty low|
|Steve and I took the riverbed instead of the meandering trail. I have a condition where I hate meandering trails and try to go in the straightest line possible.|
|Eric and Steve try to decide what they want to ski and how many times. We ended up skiing the small ribbon between the two glaciers.|
|A small alpine lake, Eric debated "pond skimming" it.|
|Higher alpine pond. If it were a few feet fuller I think it would be a pretty incredible infinite pond.|
|Shoshoni Peak's South Buttress over Isabelle Glacier. There are several 5.10 trad routes up there that would be cool to do|
Eric and Steve pull out glacier crampons from their packs...I didn't even consider that as an option. So instead of try to toe point in my ski boots, I elected to keep my approach shoes on and climb the granite slab to the top of the couloir.
|Eric climbing with only one functioning hand.|
|The couloir kept going up and to the right pretty far beyond what I could see from here.|
|Steve skiing in style|
|Eric running it out with Lake Isabelle in the background. The mountains were incredibly hazy, filled with smoke from all of the wildfires around the west that week.|
|Eric descends through a field of alpine tundra flora|