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Read: Gold and Hike: Lost Lake

  • Aug 4, 2012 · 8:00 AM

The book is Gold: A Novel by Chris Cleve. It is coming out on July 3rd, 2012.

What would you sacrifice for the people you love?
KATE AND ZOE met at nineteen when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling—a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion, and unwavering commitment. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals, all of whom are fighting for the last one tenth of a second that separates triumph from despair.

Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.

Kate is the more naturally gifted, but the demands of her life have a tendency to slow her down. Her eight-year-old daughter Sophie dreams of the Death Star and of battling alongside the Rebels as evil white blood cells ravage her personal galaxy—she is fighting a recurrence of the leukemia that nearly killed her three years ago. Sophie doesn’t want to stand in the way of her mum’s Olympic dreams, but each day the dark forces of the universe seem to be massing against her.

Devoted and self-sacrificing Kate knows her daughter is fragile, but at the height of her last frenzied months of training, might she be blind to the most terrible prognosis?

Intense, aloof Zoe has always hovered on the periphery of real human companionship, and her compulsive need to win at any cost has more than once threatened her friendship with Kate—and her own sanity. Will she allow her obsession, and the advantage she has over a harried, anguished mother, to sever the bond they have shared for more than a decade?

Echoing the adrenaline-fueled rush of a race around the Velodrome track, Gold is a triumph of superbly paced, heart-in-throat storytelling. With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.


The Hike is Lost Lake

Round-Trip Length:2.7 miles
Start-End Elevation: 9,009' - 9,786'
Elevation Change: +777' net elevation gain (+791' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy-Moderate
Dogs Allowed: Yes

Lost Lake is accessible from the Hessie Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. This short, family-friendly hike is highlighted by aspen groves, wildflowers, streams, waterfalls, and a dramatic alpine backdrop. Visitors will enjoy easy shore access, good fishing, and numerous backcountry campsites at Lost Lake:
The trail begins on a steep dirt road lined with aspens and wildflowers, merging with the South Fork of Middle Boulder Creek at the King Lake - Devils Thumb Bypass Trail split (.85 miles : 9,455'). Bear left over the creek toward Lost Lake. The trail closely follows the creek .25 miles to the Lost Lake Trail split (1.1 miles : 9,582').

A voluminous waterfall drops through a narrow chute just before reaching this turnoff, where a number of spurs lead to creek-side viewing areas.
The Lost Lake Trail turns sharply away from the creek, climbing steeply for .25 miles to the marshy western fringe of Lost Lake (1.35 miles : 9,786'). The main trail forks here into well-defined paths circling the wooded shore. The best views and backdrops can be found along the east shore, though late afternoon arrivals may find lighting more favorable from the west. Respect the privacy of backcountry campsites while exploring the area.

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  • Kathleen P.

    Enjoyed meeting everyone - sorry I had to leave!!! Hope you had a wonderful time. Look forward to seeing you on the trail another time!

    August 5, 2012

  • Nicole H.

    Gorgeous day for a beautiful hike!

    August 5, 2012

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