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My job: backpack to high mountain lakes and see how well or how poorly rio grande cutthroat trout are doing in the lakes. me and one other person take data on the lakes, measure and weigh the fish, and we also look at stomach content and sample for aquatic insects to see what the feesh are eating. .
this set of lakes was honestly a b*tch and a half to get to. a 7.77 mile long hike (one way) and the best part? the trail is nonexistent. fallen trees litter the "trail," which makes maneuvering with a 50+ lbs. pack an interesting time. this was by far the hardest hike i've ever done with that much weight. however, the reward was worth the pain. it was insanely beautiful with views of the crestone needle (i plan on climbing dat) and amazing wildlife. we saw elk play in a meadow and a mountain goat scheming on its decent to quench its thirst.