The adventure swimmers

Committed “lake baggers” keep a list of the waters they cross

After hiking 5 miles up the trail to Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks, four people stripped to swimsuits in the wind that kept passersby in down vests and parkas.

It was late August. The early morning air temperature had been somewhere in the mid-30s. The lake sits at 2,885 feet above sea level. 

In the deep narrow cleft carved by glaciers between Colden and Avalanche mountains, it provided one of the most remarkable outings of their 2019 swim season.

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