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Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon

 
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
Road Trip Post 5: The Wind River Range - Vikki Weldon
 
July 18, 2013 - 
 

Cirque of the Towers. The Wind River Range. Any of these names seem familiar to you? They weren't for me until earlier this summer when my partner, Tom, plucked the guidebook off a shelf and showed it to me with a grin on his face, "We are going here this summer."

There you have it. Easy as that. A guidebook, a psyched partner, and all the time in the world. Tom and I showed up to the Big Sandy Trailhead on July 8th, our large and in-charge backpacks full to the brim with food, camping gear, climbing gear and clothes. 6 hours and 9 miles later (we may have detoured uphill a bit too long) and we were in the most stunning area I have ever laid eyes up. And that is no exaggeration. The Cirque is composed of some 12 odd giant granite peaks, semi-circling a large boulder strewn meadow filled with streams, waterfalls, and trees.

We had planned for two days of climbing on two separate routes, and managed to do just that. Our first day, we climbed the famous East Ridge of Wolf's Head, a 5.6 alpine traverse that takes you across the entire Wolf's Head long jagged ridge line and down the other side. It was a long 10 hour day tent to tent, and my first taste of alpine climbing. I loved it and I hated it. Probably means I'll be an addict :)

Our next day, we changed plans from doing the Northeast Face of Pingora to the less daunting and time-consuming South Buttress on the same peak. 3 pitches of raddness and we were at the top.

Both days were full of sunshine, fun and of course mosquitoes.

Check out my personal blog for a full report and loads of pictures!

http://vikkiweldon.com/climbing/wind-river-range-a-new-experience/

 
 

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