We hiked past the lower and middle lakes, and within a few minutes, we were at the upper lake. Just as we caught our breath and marveled at the man on the ridge above us making his way towards the summit of Sneffels, it started to sprinkle. We knew it was turnaround time, but we had no idea where we were camping. The lower lake would be a zoo, the best spot near the middle lake was taken, and the only other option was a pair of barren patches, about 15 and 30 feet from the trail, that we saw on the way up. Clearly people had camped there before, perhaps out of desperation during a nasty storm, but I imagine most had pitched a tent there out of pure laziness. With the inclement weather rolling in, it would have been convenient, but it went against everything I stand for, so we moved on. We retraced our steps back down, and investigated an area that looked promising. Flat, durable and hardly any vegetation, and clearly a spot where someone had camped before. We quickly set up the tent, and just as we chucked the food in the bear can, it started pouring. Then it started hailing. I like hiking in the rain if I have the right gear, and I love being inside a tent in the rain, provided that there are no leaks. The sound of drops hitting the fly was so soothing, and two hours later it stopped and Naude and I ended up having a lovely evening. When sharing photos and stories of our awesome adventures, I think it’s also important to mention following LNT principles, with the hope that others will learn something and follow suit. If you use your outdoor photos on social media to make money (or simply to inspire others to find themselves in nature too), you owe it to the planet to speak up. If I see someone camping too close to a lake or trail I always say something, whether I have a 65L pack strapped to my back or I see a photo on Instagram. I try to ensure I take a polite and educational approach, but when I am met with resistance and a bad attitude, it’s not easy. If we all do a better job following the rules, understanding why they’re in place and speaking up, I think a lot of these places we love to explore would benefit tremendously.