Day 11: Exit / Green River Lakes

It was a muggy, rainy night and mosquitoes by the hundreds were positioned and waiting on the outside of the mesh of my inner tent. With the cold, wind, and altitude of the past several days, we’d hardly seen a mosquito since leaving Spider Lake 9 days ago. Now, back in the woods at just…

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Day 10: Tourist Creek

As idyllic as the upper basin of Tourist Creek is, we have discovered all the more reason why it will forever remain a special place to us. The very remote entrance from the top is protected by an approach requiring travel over crevassed glaciers and descent of a gully choked with snow, talus, and unstable…

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Day 9: Wind River Glaciers

I began brewing coffee at 4:45 AM this morning so I had a little incentive to get up early to enjoy the distant orange glow of the clear sky sunrise out my open tent door. The rest of the Crew started stirring an hour later, and we quickly packed up camp and made our last…

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Day 8: Gannett Peak

Our approach to Gannett Peak came from the south (via Bonney Pass) – we are on an eleven-day expedition where a Gannett summit attempt was only one objective. We are weaving a high route from Spider Lake (via Elkhart Park) to Baker Lake (exiting via Green River Lakes), so in addition to our attempts on…

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Day 7: Bonney Pass & Staging for Gannett

“I only experience real adventure when I don’t know what the outcome will be.” – Reinhold Messner After a freezing cold morning that left a skin of ice on the snowmelt pools near our tents, we left our camp below Helen Peak and successfully made hauled our 40+-lb packs up 2,000 feet of talus and…

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Day 6: The Titcomb Storm

Until now, we’ve experienced “typical” Wind River summer weather: her moods fluctuating rapidly and indecisively between clouds and sun, rain and hail, wind and calm. For the most part, in her summer mood, she lets you go where you want to go and she gives you the sense that you are in control. Today, we…

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Day 5: Fremont Peak

Today we lay over at Indian Basin to take a “rest and relaxation” day. So three of us decided to bag Fremont Peak. Visible from Pinedale, 13,745′ Fremont Peak is not only the second highest peak in the Wind River Range, but also one of its most prominent landmarks. John C. Fremont climbed the peak…

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Day 4: Indian Basin

We awoke at Wall Lake this morning with the summits engulfed by low clouds. Nevertheless, it was mostly a blue sky day but with winds and colder temperatures. Our route took us to the northwest where we climbed into the col between Elephant and Harrower Peaks and a magnificent view of Fremont Peak’s massive southern…

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Photo: Harrower Peak Massif

Photo: The southernmost peak of the Harrower massif looms 2,000 feet above our camp at Wall Lake tonight. // Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this trip online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/windrivers2015/ and receive updates via @bigskyry at: @bigskyry on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry) Ryan Jordan on Facebook (http://facebook.com/bigskyry)

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Day 3: Wall Lake

The leading edge of the front moving into our area didn’t harbor much climatic energy and a few hazy stars were even revealed before I shut the shelter door and went to bed. The breeze fizzled sometime later and I awoke to stuffy conditions in the middle of the night, prompting me to remove my…

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Tonight’s Camp in Bald Mountain Basin (Photo)

Photo: A trio of Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4’s perched on a tundra bench overlooking Spider Lake in the Bald Mountain Basin, Wind River Range, Wyoming. // Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this trip online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/windrivers2015/ and receive updates via @bigskyry at: @bigskyry on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry) Ryan Jordan on Facebook (http://facebook.com/bigskyry)

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Day 2: Spider Lake, Bald Mountain Basin

When one lives “in the moment,” one seldom considers the future consequences of the actions performed in that moment. Especially when the moment is marked by feelings of intense fleshly satisfaction and joy, Two such moments occurred yesterday. The first occurred somewhere in the middle bites of a heap of pulled pork slathered with jalapeƱo…

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Day 1: Upper Sweeney Lake

Day 1: Upper Sweeney Lake July 13, 2015 We embarked on our expedition from our hometown of Bozeman, Montana at eight o’clock this morning. After an eight hour drive with a lunch break at Bubba’s in Jackson, we arrived at Elkhart Park late this afternoon. We squatted on a large parcel of gravel in the…

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Expedition Food Prep

Expedition Food 11 days of wilderness travel with thousands of feet of elevation gain and no resupply, and the food weight and bulk starts to add up. Here, Chase packages trail snacks for a Gannett Peak summit attempt and glacier traverse in the northern Wind Rivers. // Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from…

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