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Colorado: Snowmass Mountain, and our Lady of the Lake

Kim Fenske explores one of Colorado’s most spectacular peaks

The comb of Snowmass Peak viewed from about halfway along the Snowmass Creek trail.

Story and photos by Kim Fenske

As I kneeled at the side of Snowmass Creek and filtered water into my bottle, a tall, slender woman, hair flowing like golden sunlight over her shoulders and reflecting in the blue pools of her glacial eyes, rose up from the water. She was the personification of Snowmass Lake, sparkling glacial water at the base of two miles of mountain that rise above to the spiked comb that forms the summit of Snowmass Mountain.

Snowmass Mountain reflected in Snowmass Lake.

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Morning photo: High country

It’s the season to climb the highest heights

A herd of elk traipses across the snow at a pass near Uneva Peak, in the Gore Range between the Vail Valley and Summit County. PHOTO BY STAN WAGON. Click on the image to see more Wagon's wildlife photography.

SUMMIT COUNTY —A couple of Summit Voice readers share some recent photos from their adventures in the high country, starting with these Gore Range images from contributor Stan Wagon, who says he enjoyed a recent trek along the Gore Range divide between the Vail Valley and Summit County, above the headwaters of North Tenmile Creek. And longtime local mountaineer Kim Fenske recently did some mountaineering in the Aspen area. Check out Fenske’s E-books at this Amazon.com webpage and see his bio at the end of this story. Continue reading

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