Wind River Mountains

Wyoming - USA

September 2006

Part of the Wind River Mountain Range as seen from the road leading to Elkhart Park

Date: August 31 to September 9, 2006

Destination:  Titcomb Basin and Indian Basin from the Elkhart Park trailhead.

Robert:  Highpointer who has done all the lower 48 high points, including Gannett Peak not far from the area visited on this trip.  An avid hiker and intermediate rock climber who prefers long hikes to desolate spots which not many people get to see.

Jane:  Avid hiker and intermediate rock climber who enjoys a good challenge and remote spots with great scenery.  Jane also summitted Gannett Peak with Robert in 2003.  (This report was written by Jane.)

The sign at the overlook by the road leading to Elkhart Trailhead

Clothing:  We each took only 2 short sleeved and 1 long sleeved polyester shirt, one pair of convertible pants, 3 pairs of Marino wool socks, 2 pairs of underwear, fleece top, Gore-Tex rain pants and jacket and a cap and wide brimmed hat.  I took an extra fleece shirt and pants to sleep in, which I was very glad about due to the cold nights we had.  Robert had a balaclava and I had a small polyester blanket to put over my head while sleeping to keep my head warm.  I also took a lightweight cotton long sleeved shirt with a collar to keep the sun off me during the day.  Robert used a bandana to keep the sun off his neck.  We each had a pair of Gore-Tex hiking boots and approach shoes.  I also took a pair of Crocs to walk around in at camp, which Robert says he's going to do next time.

Gear:  We took a Whisper-lite stove with about 2 pints of white fuel, 2 titanium pots and lid, dispersion plate and wind shield for the stove.  We took a lighter and a magnesium lighter incase the ordinary lighter got wet.  We ate out of the pots and had two spoons to eat with.  We also had a Pur water filter with 2 water bottles and 2 Platypus bags, first aid kit, 2 Thermarest mattresses, one 20 degree and one zero degree down sleeping bag, "Eureka Spitfire 2" tent with 7 mil plastic groundsheet, headlamps, a book each and a notepad with pen.  Our Lowe Alpine backpacks have good capacity but weigh about 7 pounds each so we also took a small day pack for day trips which weighed less than a pound.

Food:  At home I dehydrated cans of tuna, bagels for lunch and made and dehydrated Logan bread for snacks.  I made up packs for dinner which were from 700 to 900 calories per pack, which I could choose depending on how hungry we were that day.  I also wrote the length of time it would take to cook and how much water was needed, to speed things up at dinner time.  I also made up small packs of dried fruit for breakfast and put individual servings of cereal in Ziploc freezer bags so it was easy to serve with powdered milk.  Lunch was either dehydrated bagels or burrito shells with Mozzarella string cheese.  I took Logan bread for a mid morning snack and one Clif Bar or fruit and nut bar each for mid afternoon snack.  Other than that I took small bags of nuts and pretzels for when we wanted something extra to munch.  I had O.P. Saks (odor proof bags) which we kept the food in to prevent bears in the lower country and marmots at higher elevation from smelling our food and getting into it.  We saw no sign of either critter but were glad for the peace of mind that our food was safe.

View of Seneca Lake from the trail with Fremont and Jackson Peaks in the background

Setting out - Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Robert and I took the 5:30pm flight out of Atlanta on Wednesday to Salt Lake City, going via Phoenix.  We picked up our rental car and stove, which Robert had mailed to the car rental place a few days prior, as the airline would not allow us to check a stove that smells of gas on the plane.  We then headed to Wal-Mart to get white gas for the stove then headed towards Wyoming on I-80.  By then it was very late and we were tired so we pulled off on a dirt road leading off Rt 189 and put our pads down on the dusty ground and got into our sleeping bags.  It was 4am Atlanta time so we sure didn't take long to fall asleep.

Jane just off trail with the Titcomb Basin peaks in the background.

Day 1 - Thursday, August 31, 2006

The next morning we got up around 6:30am, bundled our pads and sleeping bags in the back seat and went the rest of the way to Pinedale, Wyoming.  We had a tasty egg breakfast at a little diner there, knowing that from then onwards we would only have trail food.

When we reached Elkhart Park the sky was blue, it was in the mid 70's and we were ready to get started.  After getting out packs sorted out, Robert's weighed 45 pounds and mine, with my water bottle, weighed 43 pounds.  These were a lot lighter than the last time we headed out from here, and the lighter packs made a huge difference to our performance.  We hiked for 4 hours then set up camp at Hobbs Lake.  We had dinner of tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes and dehydrated tuna.  We then got in the tent and spent the evening relaxing and reading.

Day 1
 Elkhart Park
Hobbs Lake
Day 2, 3 & 4
Mistake Lake &
Titcomb Needles
Day 5, 6 & 7
Freemont Peak
Elephant Head
Day 8, 9 & 10
 Hobbs Lake, hike out and Salt Lake City


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