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Brad and I took our annual backpacking trip in the Wind River Range of Wyoming for 2012. We took an awesome, mostly offtrail, route through the southern Winds. Generally, the daily mileage with packs was relatively low, but we climbed a mountain everyday and fished for dinner every night. The scenery was incredibly beautiful.


ALL OF MY PICTURES


Day 1: Drive from Salt Lake, Hike into Cirque of the Towers via Jackass Pass, Camp in the Cirque
Day 2: Cross Texas Pass, Climb Camel's Hump, Camp on Barren Lake
Day 3: Illinois Pass to Washakie Lake, Climb Mount Washakie, Camp on Washakie Lake
Day 4: Spearpoint Lake to Grave Lake, Climb Pilot Knob (aka Grave Lake Dome), Camp Grave Lake
Day 5: Grave Lake to Baptiste Lake, Climb Glissade Peak, Camp Baptiste Lake
Day 6: Baptiste Lake to Pyramid Lake, Climb Pyramid Peak & Midsummer Dome, Camp Pyramid Lake
Day 7: Day hike in East Fork (aka Desolation Valley), Climb Mount Geikie, Camp Pyramid Lake
Day 8: Hike back to Big Sandy Trailhead


Jackass Pass



Pingora from Lonesome Lake



Texas Pass



Camel's Hump Summit



Camel's Hump Summit



Billy's Lake



Washakie Peak Summit



Washakie Pass




Spearpoint Lake & Pass



Mount Hooker Panorama

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Baptiste Lake



Glissade Peak Summit



Mount Hooker & Grave Lake Valley



Pyramid Peak Summit



Midsummer Dome Summit



Midsummer Dome Panorama



East Fork Valley



Mount Geikie Summit

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You guys have shared some awesome pics here. Can't wait until you take your skirts off and hike the Absaroka.

Beautiful, spectacular, exquisite. Thanks for sharing Pudgy.


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Thanks for posting the TR and photos. The views appear to have been incredible! I do have a few questions.
What were the dates you went? I see no haze/smoke.
What camera do you use?
Did you scramble up all the mountains or did you need climbing gear? Did you use any climbing books to figure out your routes?
Which mountain was the hardest to summit and how do they campare to Fremont Peak in difficulty?
And finally, which pass was the hardest to get over?
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Wow those are some fantastic pis! I absolutely love the one of Pingora from Lonesome lake!

Thanks for sharing


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Thanks for posting the TR and photos. The views appear to have been incredible! I do have a few questions.
What were the dates you went? I see no haze/smoke.
What camera do you use?
Did you scramble up all the mountains or did you need climbing gear? Did you use any climbing books to figure out your routes?
Which mountain was the hardest to summit and how do they campare to Fremont Peak in difficulty?
And finally, which pass was the hardest to get over?

Hi Riverrunner,

I ma the author of the trip report, I accidentally posted under my wife's account, anyway to answer your questions:

1.  We went the last week of July 2012.  The Fontenelle Fire in Big Piney was roaring, but it never impacted visibility during our time in the Winds.

2.  I used an Canon Rebel T2i digital SLR to take the pictures.

3. All of our summits were non technical, we did not use rock climbing gear, although we had a small alpine rack in case we got into a tight spot.

4. I do have a climbing guide to the Wind River Range, but our choice of scrambles was made in the field.  If we saw something we thought might be interesting we went for it.

5.  The hardest scramble from a technical perspective was Camel's Hump, which was in the Cirque.  It is definitely a step up from Fremont Peak technically.  There was some short class 4 scrambling on Camel's Hump.  From an effort standpoint, Fremont required more effort, but the terrain is easier.

Just considering technical aspects, Glissade Peak, Washakie Peak, and Mount Geikie are on par with Fremont.  Midsummer Dome is a little more technical than Fremont.

6.  Illinois Pass was the most difficult pass without question.  Illinois Pass is actually rated Class 3, the same as Fremont Peak, but you cross it with a full pack on.  Also, Illinois Pass took a fair amount of route finding to locate the easiest route.  I wouldn't say Illinois Pass is dangerous, but it is hard work because you are doing some scrambling with the heavy pack on.
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I recognize you now hawkinss from previous posts. Glad that you had a great trip. Thanks for the answers. I hope to get back to the Winds as I can and do more xc hiking. BTY, I am decended from some Hawkins in N GA, SC and NC. We may be cousins?
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I recognize you now hawkinss from previous posts. Glad that you had a great trip. Thanks for the answers. I hope to get back to the Winds as I can and do more xc hiking. BTY, I am decended from some Hawkins in N GA, SC and NC. We may be cousins?

Could be, I was born and raised in Marion, NC.
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Hi
I have a question I'm from Wisconsin and when we do camping hiking/ backpacking trips here the real only danger we have to come across is crazy deer and badgers which I've never come across. So I'm going to the winds next year sometime for a fly fishing/backpacking trip and I've been searching online like crazy for gun laws. So what I'm asking is can you carry guns while backpacking be it rifles, handguns, shotguns or whatever? Sorry if off topic and not in the right place to ask first time user....
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So what I'm asking is can you carry guns while backpacking be it rifles, handguns, shotguns or whatever?

I have seen folks packing heat back there.  My opinion is that there isn't any wildlife back there that is going to harm you though.  Folks have said there have been grizzlies in the Winds, most up near Green Lakes, but I would say they are very rare in the Winds.

Someone will chime in, but out west I tend to think gun laws are pretty lenient compared to what us city folk are used to on the east coast and mid west.
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You can carry firearms while backpacking but there is no reason to.

To Hunt in Wilderness areas in Wyoming you must hire a licensed outfitter however.

I have seen other backpackers carrying sidearms and I never understood why.

Grizzly bear confrontation is the only possible encounter where you might want a handgun and that is extremely remote in the Winds.
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Hello Fellow Backpackers,

I have recently moved to WY and your pictures have only heightened my impatience to get into this beautiful wilderness. Alas, I fear it may be too late in the season for a trip, and I must wait until spring.

Thank you for posting these,
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Grizzlies are now seen in the Northeast Winds.One was shot well south of Pinedale on the west side a few years back. Butr I do agree they are rare in such a rugged range.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game produced a compelling study that REALLY supports the rationale that one is far better served with Bearspray than conventional firearms when it comes to protection from Grizzlies. I holster spray and an airhorn and although I've used my airhorn several times I sprayed my first Grizzly in the backcountry this past 4th of July after carrying spray for 13 years. I'd of been hard pressed to shoot that boar's bobbing eyes charging me at +/- 30 miles an hour, but that of course would have been the only option unless I had suicidal tendencies I wanted to indulge.

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Grizzlies are now seen in the Northeast Winds.One was shot well south of Pinedale on the west side a few years back. Butr I do agree they are rare in such a rugged range.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game produced a compelling study that REALLY supports the rationale that one is far better served with Bearspray than conventional firearms when it comes to protection from Grizzlies. I holster spray and an airhorn and although I've used my airhorn several times I sprayed my first Grizzly in the backcountry this past 4th of July after carrying spray for 13 years. I'd of been hard pressed to shoot that boar's bobbing eyes charging me at +/- 30 miles an hour, but that of course would have been the only option unless I had suicidal tendencies I wanted to indulge.

Think! It just might save your life.

Were you packing an extra pair of underwear?  :D
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Great pictures....thanks for posting them.

On the bear issue when we hiked a section of the Winds in 2008 there was a Grizzly sow with a pair of cubs in the Clear Lake Valley.


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Very cool

How were the bugs?????

The skeeters ""encouraged" us to come out a day early in 2011....and to buy headnets!

As for the hangun topic....I saw several 44mags on our trip...not at all uncommon....but not required...by us at least


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