A spring walk up to the Chasm Lake Cirque, below Longs Peak in Colorado.

I had a few days off work at the end of last week, and decided to head up into Rocky Mountain National Park, my local mountain playground.

I misjudged the amount of snow present in the high country. I had planned to skip up the trail in my approach shoes before switching to technical climbing boots higher up — I made it about 100 yards…