Week 9 – Dubois WY to South Pass City WY

This was a wild week, seeing so many mountains, wildlife, dayhikers, climbers, and even the elusive ranger! There were so many photos, it was hard to narrow down to just a few. I think the Winds (Wind River Range) needs a return visit for sure!

Day 60: (August 28th)

I got dropped off from Dubois by “Old Man Mason”, a local trail angel and amateur tour guide. (He also makes a mean ham& cheese sandwich).

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Dam! That was a very busy beaver.
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A VERY recently burned forest, it still smelled smokey.
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Even the trail signs are burned!

 

Day 61: (August 29th)

 

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Sadie doesn’t like it when her saddlebags get flipped. Sad eyes.
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First glance at the Winds!
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Bright Eyes leading the way into the Winds
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Mr. Bridger has a huuge wilderness

Day 62: (August 30th)

I took way too many pictures for the next few days. These are only a small portion!

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My new hiking shirt is a horrible color. It was the only one I could find in Dubois.
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A good reason to be a morning person.
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I met a guy hiking, who had rock climbed that flat-top mountain 30 years ago!
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It’s like a mirror!
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Glacial rivers always look so cool. And opaque.
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View from Knapsack Col
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Lots of alpine lakes. And marmot..see how many you can find!
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Despite the looks, it was actually pretty warm up there.
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Another view from Knapsack col.
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View down into the Titcomb Lakes basin.

 

Day 63: (August 31st)

 

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Upper Titcomb Lake before sunrise
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Lower Titcomb Lake
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When you see marmots, you know you’re someplace cool!
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Find the trail!

 

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Another 11k ft pass
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Oodles of lakes.
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Too many places to explore, I need to come back.

Day 64: (September 1st)

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A fire is nearby! (I never saw any evidence of one)
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The best beaches are at 10,000ft.
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Epic
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So that’s where he’s been hiding his lake
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Shadow Lake, on the way up to Texas Pass
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Billy’s Lake. It was a cold swim.
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The sky had a case of the Rumblies.
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Looking down on Barren Lake & Texas Lake, from Texas Pass.
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I messed with Texas (Pass) and put a rock on the sign.
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Hiking in snow in September, too? Check.
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Cirque of the Towers, from Lonesome Lake. Some of that stuff looks climbable!
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Who names these things?

 

Day 65: (September 2nd)

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Despite appearances, this was a terrible campsite. Sooo windy.
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Another piece of rock, to come back and climb!
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There’s no middle-sized one?
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Leaving the Winds, the landscape is starting to change.
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Yup, definitely looking different. And drier.

 

Day 66: (September 3rd)

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Walking the ATV road into South Pass City
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These are SNOW FENCES in Wyoming. They’re 15 feet tall. Wtf!
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South Pass City is a restored mining town.
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Main Street
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Old shops & hotels
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The interiors are restored, too
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Wyoming was surprisingly progressive.
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Best hikerbox ever. Those swedish fish didn’t last the afternoon!
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Thunderclouds chase me out of town.

Up next, the Great Divide Basin, and southern Wyoming. It’s just as flat and dry as it sounds…

-R

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