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    Expedition Winds 2011

    ....Here is report so far....

    I'M HOME............. And here is the trip report....AWESOME TRIP!!!!!!!!!!! Taken w/ Canon A590PS

    Trip started with a quick flight to Kansas City where the four of us joined up. I’ve been backpacking with Daryl for at least a decade and his brother Rob for almost as long. We go on a weeklong trip to the mountains once a year to stay in touch and connect with the beauty of the mountains. Scotty joined us this year, only his second back packing trip, I’m afraid he’s going to get a little spoiled….

    We drove from KC to Pinedale Wyoming…. 16+ hours but with four drivers it went pretty fast. We arrived just as the sun was rising over the mountains Saturday morning, spent a few hours in town then headed to trail head. Loaded packs and hit the trail…WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DAY ONE BIG SANDY TH TO MIRROR LAKE VIA FREMONT TRAIL…



    BIG SANDY TRAILHEAD…FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT...ROBROY, PAULY, SCOTTY, AND DARYL...




    HIKE IN DAY ONE, GREAT WEATHER...HOPE IT HOLDS OUT FOR THE WEEK…




    BIG SANDY CREEK...




    TRAIL JUNCTION, DADS LAKE FOR ALL YOU DADS...




    FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS...




    HEADING UP FREMONT TRAIL...




    LATURIO MOUNTAIN...




    MY SET-UP FOR THE WEEK, DIY HAMMOCK, OES TARP, DIY TQ/UQ...LOOKING FORWARD TO A LONG NIGHTS SLEEP…




    I BROUGHT EXTRA SET-UP, MAYBE HAVE A CONVERT OR TWO...




    REDEMPTION TENT...NOT FOR ME IF I CAN AVOID IT…




    DAY ONE, HMMMM...WE WILL SEE IF THEY ARE THAT EXCITED ABOUT RAMEN AND CHIX COME DAY FIVE….


    DAY TWO MIRROR LAKE TO MAES LAKE VIA FREMONT AND HAILEY PASS TRAILS



    MIRROR LAKE AT DAWN DAY TWO...CALMS THE SOUL JUST LOOKING AT IT…TIME TO BREAK CAMP AND HEAD UP THE TRAIL…




    APPROACHING DADS LAKE FROM THE SOUTH...



    DAD'S LAKE DAY TWO ALONG FREMONT TRAIL...GREAT SHOT…




    CLOUDS ABOVE MARMS LAKE...




    LOOKING SOUTH ACROSS MARMS LAKE...ELEV 9878…




    TRAIL SIGN...TRAILS ARE WELL MARKED…




    SCOTTY COMING UP FROM MARMS LAKE...




    CRAZY BONES...BASED ON A DETAILED STUDY OF GEOMETRY WE DEDUCED THEY ARE BEAR…LOL…….CIS WIND RIVER……




    COMING UP SMALL RAVINE FROM MARMS LAKE TO HIGH COUNTRY...




    LOOKING DOWN RAVINE TO MARMS AND DADS LAKES...ELEV 10,000




    VIEW NORTH ACROSS HIGH COUNTRY TOWARD MT BONNEVILLE...HUMBLING COUNTRY…




    YIP….I’M WAS THERE TO AND HERE IS THE PROOF...LOL…




    WASHAKIE CREEK…NICE LUNCH SPOT...




    LOOKING EAST FROM WASHAKIE CREEK TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE CIRQUE OF THE TOWERS...




    LOOKING EAST FROM WASHAKIE CREEK TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE CIRQUE OF THE TOWERS...PART TWO…




    CAMP NIGHT TWO…HANGING WAS A CHALLENGE IN THE WINDS BUT I WAS OFF THE GROUND EVERY NIGHT…CAN’T SAY THAT FOR THESE TWO IN FRONT OF MY SET-UP…


    DAY THREE MAES LAKE TO SADDLE BETWEEN MT HOOKER/TOWER PEAKS BACK TO SKULL LAKE



    EARLY START TODAY, PACKED AND ON TRAIL, GROUP SHOT AT PYRAMID LAKE WITH MT HOOKER AND TOWER PEAK SADDLE BEHIND…ELEV 10570…FILLED WATER BOTTLES HERE AND HEADED UP HOPING TO FIND HIGH PASS…




    LOOKING SOUTH ACROSS PYRAMID LAKE BEFORE CLIMB TO HIGH PASS…




    CLIMBING HIGHER…




    AND HIGHER…SCOTTY DON’T LOOK DOWN, HE WAS HAVING A ROUGH DAY HERE HIS FIRST REALLY MOUNTAIN PASS…LOL…….




    WE REACHED THE TOP OF WHAT WE HAD HOPED WAS A HIGH PASS AND SAW THIS STUNNING BUTTRUSS…BUT NO PASS, STILL AN AMAZING SIGHT…ELEV 11,900




    ANOTHER AMAZING VIEW FROM SADDLE BETWEEN MT HOOKER AND TOWER PEAK…WE WERE SAT ON A 2’ LEDGE WITH ABOUT A 1000’ DROP AT OUR FEET….WE SAT HERE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES THEN HEADED BACK DOWN TO SKULL LAKE…




    CAMP AT SKULL LAKE…




    MY GUEST HOUSE AT SKULL LAKE…




    DINNER TIME AT SKULL LAKE…WE HAD A FIRE PRETTY MUCH EVERY NIGHT, WHICH WAS A REAL TREAT WITH NIGHT TIME TEMPS IN THE LOW 30’S…

    THAT’S IT FOR NOW, I’LL POST DAYS 4-6 IN A FEW DAYS, HOPE YOU GUYS ENJOY THE PICS….
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    Amazing photos! Must have been an awesome trip!!

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    Awesome pics dude! Looking forward to some more and videos too!

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    Those are some stunning shots. Way to whet our appetites! Looking forward to the rest. Must have been a fabulous trip.

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    Nice. I've actually caught fish on mirror lake!
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    That is some country you have to wander in! Looking forward to more pics.

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    Beautiful pix. Looks like an awesome trip.
    Good luck,
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    Great pics, looking forward to the full report!
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    Quote Originally Posted by enoorange View Post
    Nice. I've actually caught fish on mirror lake!
    Love it, my old stomping grounds! But for some reason I don't know/can't remember where mirror lake is or Stunning Buttress? But I sure as heck know where Texas Pass is, I know it coming and going from both directions. I have expended some calories there!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    sighhhh,,,,I am envious,,haven't been there in a couple of three years in the Winds..awesome trip and pics,,lots of memories you have got,,forever!

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