This summer I will travel to Colorado and Wyoming to hike into the back country. To find views like this usually entails a strenuous hike of anywhere from 4 to 7 miles, with a typical elevation gain of 2 to 3 thousand feet (think about climbing a 3 thousand feet staircase). Living on the east coast, where I'm probably 17 inches above sea level, presents some physical challenges when attempting hikes at these altitudes. I am in the gym these days training to build up my stamina. The rewards of seeing crystal clear alpine lakes are well worth the effort.