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Wyoming 2001 - Day 1-3
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Bridger Wilderness - Wyoming
Aug 2001 - Days 1 to 3

Day 1: Big Sandy Trailhead to Vee Lake
Day 2: Vee Lake to Lonesome Lake/Cirque of the Towers
   Chickens to Jackass Pass!
Day 3: Lonesome Lake to Valentine Lake

Backpacks in "Chicken" mode at Big Sandy Lake

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Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): August 2001. Album by cascade_bill. Photos by Bill & Jason. 1 - 75 of 75 Total. 3152 Visits.
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Big Sandy Trailhead: Getting ready to head out - chickens and all - Fred, Buckwheat, Peter, and Roger.  Note: Lawn chair doubles as chicken carrier.

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Austin in chicken carrying mode - Big Sandy Trailhead

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Finally on the trail.

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Jason, Buckwheat, Shelby, Fred, Austin, and Roger.

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Camp at Vee Lake- Big Sandy Mountain at center & Sheistler Mtn at Right.
"That is Jason in shadow."
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Sunset on Vee Lake.

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Roger putting the chickens to bed (They wanted to roost on Peter but he didn't think that was a good idea).

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Roger, who will never make it as a geek!

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Day 1: Big Sandy Trailhead to Vee Lake
Day 2: Vee Lake to Big Sandy Lake (via Diamond Lake Trail)
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Trail between Vee Lake and Diamond Lake. Big Sandy Mtn at right center.

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Fred at Big Sandy Lake.

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Shelby & friend - break at Big Sandy Lake

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Jason, Brian, and Peter - Big Sandy Lake

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Day 2: Big Sandy Lake to Lonesome Lake vi a Jackass Pass.
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Danny & Austin - Big Sandy Mtn above Big Sandy Lake

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Junction of the Big Sandy and Jackass Pass trails at the lower end of Big Sandy Lake.

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View from trail above Big Sandy Lake - looking soutn.

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View along trail above Big Sandy Lake.

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Bill making his way along trail.

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During a break- Shelby practices his rock climbing techniques.

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Jason trying his.

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Austin and Fred pick their way along a rough section of the trail up to Jackass Pass.

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Peter poses at the "Tooth" near Jackass Pass.

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The trail climbs high to a false summit and then drops a couple of hundred feet before the final climb to Jackass Pass.  The peaks of the Cirque of the Towers are seen beyond.

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Fred checking out an interesting rock near Jackass Pass.

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The guys at Jackass Pass: (Front) Austin, Shelby, and Danny. (rear) Roger, Jason, Brian, and Peter.

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Back: Roger, Jason, Brian, and Peter.  Front: Austin, Shelby, & Danny

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Peaks of the Cirque of the Towers- Pylon (left) & Watch Tower (right)

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From Left to Right: Sharks Nose, Overhanging Tower, Wolf's Head, & Pingora Peak - a favorite of the climbers who come to the Cirque of the Towers.

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Pingora Peak on the left and Texas Pass on the right.

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Pingora Peak and beautiful Lonesome Lake.

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Lonesome Lake - We had hoped to go over Texas Pass (the obvious low point on the ridge) but we decided to use the Lizard Head trail instead.

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Upper meadows above Lonesome Lake - Peaks: Pylon and Watch Tower.

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Fred on his way down to Lonesome Lake.

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Bill at Jackass Pass.

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Close up of Bill

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Jason at Jackass Pass.

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Close up of Jason.

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Camp near Lonesome Lake.- Most of the guys are still in their bags.

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Peter - breaking camp near Lonesome Lake.

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Filtered sunlight hits the camp as breakfast is being prepared.

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Day 3: Camp 2 (near Lonesome Lake) to Valentine Lake via the Lizard Head & Bears Ears Trail.
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View of the Cirque of the Towers from our camp near Lonesome Lake.

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Cirque of the Towers down the valley from Lonesome Lake - Pingora Peak dominates the group of peaks.

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The Popo Agie canyon below the C.O.T. is very impressive, almost Yosemite-like.

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Popo Agie Canyon Walls (Dog Tooth Peak)  near the junction with the Lizard Head Trail.

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Looking back at the Cirque of the Towers from near the junction of the Lizard Head Trail.

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Another view of the Cirque of the Towers (Near Lizard Head Tr. Jctn.)

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From the Junction here, the Lizard Head Trail heads into the trees and up the side of the canyon.

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Taking a break at the Lizard Head Trail jctn.

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Close up of Jason and Shelby

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Danny and Austin- lawn chair bliss.

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View of the Cirque of the Towers from the Lizard Head Trail (Near the Bear Lakes)

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Fred & Shelby - C.O.T. and Lonesome Lake are way back there now.

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View of the Cirquie of the Towers and Lonesome Lake.

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Lizard Head Peak and the Bear Lakes from the Lizard Head Trail.

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Jason - the Bear Lakes form the backdrop.

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Un-named lakes above the Bear Lakes. Glaciers are on the back side of Lizard Head.

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Fred makes his way across the barren landscape near the highest point of the Lizard Head Trail.

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Roger and the rugged country along the summit of the Lizard Head Trail.

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Close up of Roger (World's Greatest Dad!)

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Lunch Break at the summit (11875')  of the Lizard Head Trail.

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"Hammerin" Pete with a honey soaked bagel.

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Jason and Brian at summit of 12539' peak near where we took our lunch break. (This set a record for altitude for Troop 24).

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Shelby at summit of 12539' peak.
"Jason - view from summit."
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Jason - Lizard Head from 12539' summit.

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If you look at this from the side, it looks like Jason is in a very tight spot.

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One of the few glaciers we saw - this was a short way past the high point of the Lizard Head Trail.

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We took a break at a pass near Cathedral Peak and the guys climbed this strange outcrop.

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Closeup of guys on rock.

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Austin - taking in the view of the Eastern side of the Wind Rivers.  The mountains to the est were not nearly as spectacular or as rugged as those near the Continental Divide.

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The Lizard Head trail ends at the junction with  Bears Ears trail in the valley below.

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A few switchbacks had to be negotiated - we can see the Bear's Ear  trail crossing the valley floor beyond.  Our route follows the Bears Ears trail to the left after the junction at the end of the trail that is visible here.

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Fred - Heading northwest along the Bears Ears trail - its a long way down to timberline and our camp at Valentine Lake

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Close up of Fred.

 
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