Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Saturday, 1 October 2011
This is post 3 of 3 detailing the two weeks I spent in Wyoming this summer climbing the Grand Teton and Gannett Peak.
The second half of this year’s trip to Wyoming was arguably the most important: the climb of Gannett Peak with Summit For Someone (SFS). SFS is a fundraiser for Big City Mountaineers, which runs wilderness programs for at-risk teens. Getting kids outside is something I believe in, particularly if it can help them build self-reliance and be a positive experience.
Following our climb of the Grand Teton, we took a day to recover and check in with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (who were guiding the Gannett trip). There we met the guides, did a quick gear inventory, and met the other SFS climbers. All great people, so I knew it’d be a fun trip.
Our trip would start in earnest the next day at the trailhead. Figuring a long drive in the afternoon was preferable to a long drive early in the morning, we turned our back to Jackson Hole and headed southeast to the Wind River Range. The drive was gorgeous with scenery ranging from open plains to tree lined streams to the towering mountains of the Wind River Range.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
My journey to the Tetons began at quitting time on a Thursday evening. My car sat in the parking lot at work, already loaded with gear and a full tank of gas. The first destination was Elkins, WV. Wait.. WV?
Sure, it’s on the way. But most importantly, my friend Tony was in WV! Tony has been one of my ice climbing partners for the past 6 years (practically since the beginning), and I owe him a lot in my climbing efforts. He was instrumental in my becoming a proficient ice climber and ice leader. Due to geographical separation and opposite schedules it had been several years since we’d seen each other. So his stint in WV as part of the Augusta Heritage Summer Music Festival coincided well with my planned cross country journey.
Three hours after leaving town I rolled into Elkins and found Tony hard at work setting up sound equipment for the festival. After dinner we caught while setting up the sound system. Hours later, at a time best called “tomorrow” we finally called it a night.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
I already posted a video teaser from my Wyoming trip. In tandem with the video is a collection of photos shot along the way. I am aiming to have new photos uploaded every day and to finish them off within two weeks. So, keep tabs on my flickr photostream to see them as they go live.
Here are a few shots from the roadtrip album to get you started…
Thursday, 28 July 2011
A few days ago, I returned from my Summit for Someone climb of Gannett Peak. While on the trip several of us also climbed the Grand Teton. We had success on both mountains, summiting the Grand via the Upper Exum Ridge, and Gannett Peak via the Gooseneck Glacier. I recorded over 20 GB of still images and video clips, and the others on the trip recorded their own stashes of memories. It’ll take a bit of time to organize and upload those, so to whet your appetite, here is a short teaser of the trip!