"Hope you boys brought some snow with ya!"
Over the Winter of 2019, Colorado received a record-breaking amount of snowfall. All winter long, the snow just kept coming. By June, Colorado's remaining snowpack was rated at 751% of the historical average. Rivers were pumping, drought restrictions were lifting, and up in the mountains, my friends and I were skiing.

On a sunny day in late August, Troy Nygren and I lit out to see how much of this legendary snowpack was left. We hit the trail in a popular area of Rocky Mountain National Park, loaded down with some uncommon gear. We stepped off a crowded tour bus and began our hike past miles of confused faces in search of Summer snow.

Arriving above flattop mountain, we were excited to find more than ample snowpack to get us all the way down to an alpine lake, the perfect cure for a long, heavy hike. We dove into what was easily the coldest water I've ever swam in, and finished our triathlon with a swim in the sky.

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