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December 5, 2015

Bean Lake

This picture required me to leak all the heat retained inside this insulated Lowa. My other foot stayed warm throughout a 6 hour hike in 5°F!

First snow hike on the Superior Hiking trail turned into a mountaineering situation as the temperatures had dropped to 5°F, and the trail snow had turned into solid ice.

Skippin' and then sliding, I made a 400 ft ascent to the top of Twin lakes, Bean & Bear, to find Bean lake covered w/ a layer of ice. Surprisingly, the smaller Bear Lake had no ice at all, and looked like something from a backpacking magazine. Very beautiful!

Later, losing the trail turned into a night hike, as I made my way to Silver Bay, MN.

- Pavel M.

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