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Wind River Range, WY

Jul 16 - Jul 23, 2022 -- $1375 ★★★★, YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP YET AS DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL

Back in 2008, Fitpacking participant Roger J. asked "When are you going to run a trip to the Wind River Range?" Well it took almost 15 years, but we are finally running one in 2022.


Why the Winds? High elevation beauty, continual inescapable views and rugged pulchritude. Words fall short in attempting to describe the magnitude of this Rocky Mountain wonderland.


Our trip will visit the crown jewel of a range already known for superior highlights -- the Cirque of the Towers. The Cirque is comprised of a semi-circle of towering 12000' peaks, each prettier than the next.


Here is a topographic map of our proposed route (We are planning Option C).



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s & 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. While there is typically not consistent rain, it can happen at any time along with daily violent thunder and lightning storms. Here is the historical regional weather.



Probable Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Chris Frey


Cost

$1375 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a rustic cabin with at least one other participant during the hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Jackson, WY, personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 2 lodge nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Forest Permits, backcountry permits and 2 awesome guides.


Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.



Difficulty

The trails through Wind River Range are often established and well groomed with good footing and moderate elevation gain and loss (although it may not seem like that while hiking). The mileages are moderate and there will be plenty of daylight giving us plenty of time to complete our daily mileage. However, some trails, particularly in the Cirque of the towers are not trails at all and are merely routes or suggestions. Navigation through these areas will be difficult and will require care.


Please be aware that we may have to ford rivers (some cold and/or deep), so make sure to bring sturdy camp shoes and trekking poles to help you cross these rivers without issue. Crocs can work but are not recommended for this particular trip.



Important Notes


On this trip, we will be performing a virtual shakedown of your gear a week or two BEFORE you arrive in Jackson Hole. This means you will have to be fully packed at least a few days ahead of time, much to the consternation of late-the-night-before packers.


Because of the limited availability of lodge cabins and rooms at the Big Sandy Lodge, solo accomodations / single supplement is not available for this trip. You will be sharing a cabin with 1 or 2 others.


If you would like to fish, there may be time at some campsites to do so. However, you must obtain a Wyoming fishing license. You can do this in Jackson and possibly even at the lodge. Fitpacking is not permitted to guide fishing trips so you will be doing so on your own and at your own risk (we have to say this).


Fitpacking prohibits firearms on this (and all) trips. However, you may bring bear spray (pepper spray) as there are black bears and possibly grizzly bears in the area. You will not be able to fly with bear spray however. You can buy or rent it in Jackson


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Itinerary


Saturday, July 16, 2022

Drive or fly into Jackson Hole, WY Airport (JAC) [not JAX!!]. The best time to arrive is between 9 and noon, with the anticipation of departing by 3PM. That said, flights are limited so do the best you can.


For people coming from certain East Coast airports, it may be impossible to reach Jackson Hole in time for our 3PM departure, so consider arriving the night before and staying locally. We will pick you up if you decide to do this.


Text or call us and we will meet you at the airport, assemble and bring you to our local hotel Antler Inn, 43 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-2535. Note: we will attempt to consolidate airport trips so you may be waiting around the airport until the next participant(s) arrive.


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Make-Your-Own Tral Mix bar -- create your own trail mix from our copious ingredients


Go to Teton Mountaineering, 170 N Cache Dr, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-3595 for last minute or forgotten equipment. Please note, there are several other fine options in town to buy or rent gear.


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage. Make sure to set a side a small bag of clean clothes and toiletries for the end of the trip at the Big Sandy Lodge in Boulder, WY


Drive 3+ hours to Big Sandy Lodge, 1050 Mud Lake Rd, Boulder, WY 82923, (307) 749-1401.


We are staying here in order to acclimate to the elevation. Make sure to stay super hydrated.


Group welcome dinner (included in trip cost)




Sunday, July 17, 2022

Second set of "before" measurements taken


Ranch Style Breakfast (included in trip cost)


Shuttle to Big Sandy Campground Trailhead


Begin Hiking, elevation 9090'.


Hike 7.4 miles on the Highline Trail up over 9600' to the East Fork Washakie Trail, elevation 9500'


Turn right and hike 0.1 miles to the East Fork River, elevation 9500'


Camp at the East Fork River, elevation 9500'


Miles today: 7.5. Total miles: 7.5


Possible Bailout: Big Sandy Trailhead.


Monday, July 18, 2022

Hike 0.1 mile back to the Highline Trail, elevation 9500'


Hike 6.0 miles on the Highline Trail, to the Crossover Trail, elevation 10165'


Hike 2.3 miles on the Crossover Trail and Continental Divide Trail, to an unnamed lake, elevation 10230'


Camp at unnamed lake, elevation 10230'.


Miles today: 8.4. Total miles: 15.9


Possible bailout: Big Sandy Trailhead (far)


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Hike 3.9 miles on the Continental Divide Trail to the Hailey Pass Trail, elevation 10090'


Hike 2.1 miles on the Hailey Pass Trail to the Pyramind Lake Trail, elevation 10360'


Hike 1.3 miles on the Pyramid Lake Trail to Pyramid Lake, elevation 10610'.


Camp at Pyramid Lake, elevation 10610'


Miles today: 7.3. Total miles: 23.2


Possible bailout: Big Sandy Trailhead (far)


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Hike 3.4 miles back to the Shadow Lake Trail, elevation 10080'.


Hike 3.9 uphill miles on the Shadow Lake trail to Texas Lake, elevation 10780'.


Camp at Texas Lake, elevation 10780'


Miles today: 7.3. Total miles: 30.5


Possible bailout: 1 day away


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Hike 2.1 miles up and over 11450' Texas Pass to the Lonesome Lake, elevation 10160'


Soak in the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Cirque of the Towers. Although mileage is short today, it is very rugged and there may be remaining snow, so it may take longer than you expect


Chances are there will be time for a day-hike within the Cirque today, possibly to Cirque Lake. On the day-hike, remember to protect your pack from hungry (but cute) marmots seeking out the salt on your clothes and boots.


Camp at Lonesome Lake, elevation 10160'


Miles today: 2.1. Total miles: 32.6


Possible bailout: 1 day away.


Friday, July 22, 2022

Hike 8.5 miles on the Big Sandy Trail / Cirque of the Towers Route to the Big Sandy Trailhead, elevation 9090'


End of hiking


Miles today: 8.5. Total miles: 41.1


Possible bailout: Big Sandy Trailhead

Shuttle back to Big Sandy Lodge, 1050 Mud Lake Rd, Boulder, WY 82923, (307) 749-1401.


A small bag of your stuff will be in the vehicles


After measurements taken


Dinner (included in trip cost) and awards Ceremony


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Ranch Style Breakfast (included in trip cost)


Shuttle back to Jackson Hole


Pick up off-trail luggage


We will make 1 run to the airport. If you prefer not to go early, we will drop you in town adn you can find your own way to the airport



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