Went out skiing today and there was a new crust layer nearly all aspects up to 10,000'. It seems its from the slightly warmer temperatures we had today- or possibly some mixed precip. Paul and Brendan remotely triggered a slide in Avalanche Bowl when they were going to scope out an older (few days ago) smaller slide. Here a few photos.
Sorry no photos! Too much lycra involved in this event for photos.
Anywyas, Katie and I rode "round the block" (click link for map) Saturday- Its a bicycle ride that usually goes from Jackson > Victor > Swan Valley> Alpine > Jackson. We started around 9am at Katies house in Wilson. It goes over two passes ( teton pass, and pine creek pass) and the ride from Swan Valley to Alpine has some steep long climbs.... It worked out to be about a 113 mile loop for us.
It was a beautiful day; no flat tires, a cool morning and warm afternoon- with no brutal headwinds to speak of. Total saddle time was a bit over 7 hours for me! Not bad for my first century ride!
Headed southeast into the Wind River Range this past weekend with a group of friends to do some backpack fly-fishing. After nearly 3 hours of driving we arrived at our destination; Big Sandy Opening. From the trailhead we set off on the western side of Cirque of the Towers.
Our Gang... notice Katie trying to convince Chloe to join the group
Marms Lake... The constant sight of rising trout convinced us to camp here... The view wasn't bad either.
Katie slaying trout
Woke before sunrise and there was a good frost on all our gear. Watched the sunrise and brewed some coffee. Today we hiked nearly 5 miles to Shadow Lake, an isolated lake on the opposite side of the popular regular Cirque of the Towers area. We didn't see a person the entire day.
The quiet side of Cirque of the Towers... Sharks nose is the prominent peak
... Later that night...
Cold Chloe in the tent... We have sleeping bags- she has our down jackets.
Woke around 5am to heavy rain, wind, and thunder. Ran outside to grab anything that may not be protected then fell back asleep in hopes the rain would stop. Around 10am the tent filled with light and the storm was over. It was clear to the west but storms were all around us. We had little choice but to dry our gear out and then head back to the car. The weather gods were on our side and a patch of blue sky followed us all day.
A dusting of fresh snow in the nearby high peaks... probably around 11,000'.
Storms over the Cirque
While hiking out we found this little creek overflowing with trout!
Chloe couldn't believe how many trout were stuffed in this tiny creek
View while leaving the Winds
I must say the Wind River Range is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the United States. Its easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I can't believe its taken me this long to explore in these mountains. I will return but next time hopefully for more time. I think 5-6 days would be glorious!