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Jul 19th, 2013, 02:04 PM
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Part of Fern Lake Trail closed in Rocky Mountain National Park

A mud/rock slide has temporarily closed Fern Lake Trail. Hopefully, this is something they will be able to clean up soon as this is one of the most popular trails. Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot of weather events happening in all the parks?

http://rockymountainhikingtrails.blo...fern-lake.html
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Jul 19th, 2013, 08:16 PM
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I was backpacking at Thunder Lake Mon-Wed nights this week. We lucked out and had two days of solidly good weather. It rained hard upon our arrival at camp Monday night, but we had just enough time to get the tents set up.

Anyway, my friend and I commented on how many of the big Colorado weather events we are personally familiar with have been late July: Big Thompson flood, softball sized hail in Fort Collins, the Fort Collins flood, a couple others. I guess to answer your question, severe weather events for Colorado seem kind of normal for right now.

We hiked out yesterday and the clouds were building by 9:00 AM, so we were glad to be on the way out, and not on the way in. When we reached Fort Collins around 3:00 PM we could see that huge storm sitting over the mountains and knew there was a big rain dump happening. A hiker was hit by lightning on the Ute Trail also.

But we were lucky on Tuesday and Wednesday, lovely weather. I had an insane idea of summiting Isolation Peak from Thunder Lake. We did a recon hike to Eagle Lake, but decided that trying Isolation from there was overly ambitious for us two old farts. A Bluebird Lake start makes more sense.
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Jul 20th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Glad you made it out without incident! I also saw that 3 people were struck by lightning in Glacier National Park on the St. Mary Waterfall Trail.
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Jul 21st, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Thanks!

I was involved in a lightning incident our first summer in Colorado in 1979. I had to do CPR on the victim, otherwise it would have been a fatality. We were backpacking and camped in a cirque above treeline, surrounded by high mountains, so whether it was bad judgement or bad luck is debatable. In either case, not a recommended event.

For our recent Thunder Lake backpack trip my friend has a SPOT device. It's pretty cool and will track your location and send the coordinates up to a satellite every 10-15 minutes. This web page should be active for at least a few more days:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...OnxyW1FZMm9In0

I don't own one of these but if I did a lot of solo or off-trail hiking then I'd definitely get one. The device costs about $100 and the annual subscription is $150, so you'd have to use it a lot to make that worthwhile. My friend does some solo backpacking which is why he has one.

We met a ranger who said they feared a lot of false alarm SOS calls from them, but so far there have only been two uses of the SOS button in RMNP. One was legit and one was operator error on the device.

Pretty neat though, our wives were able to see where we were, and know we were OK during the trip.
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