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Oct 11 2019
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Dome - MohaveNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hike & Climb22.34 Miles 3,896 AEG
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3,896 ft AEG
Second IV PG  • Trad • 5.9 Sandstone Not good • 700 Feet 9 Pitches
 
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Pro: Bring a double rack, bring iron, bring a lot of slings, some webbing and strong nerves.
After a short turn around from Buddha, it was back to the Canyon for a summit attempt of a western Grand Canyon icon, the Dome.

A 5:00 a.m. Friday morning departure from Phoenix got us to the eastern Tuckup Trailhead by about noon. By 12:30 we were beginning the rugged 11 mile rugged approach along the Tuckup Trail/Route to basically the base of the Dome and the start of our climb the next day. Heavy packs again ruled the day on this trip, as all three of us were carrying 6-8 liters of water for the three days to go along with: two 70m ropes, a double rack, pitons, hammer, 3 days worth of food, general supplies and personal climbing equipment. We arrived to camp after 5.5 hours. The total distance was 11.5 miles. The Tuckup Trail was a little rugged and elusive at times. The stress of potentially three days without water was greatly reduced when we encountered good water at Cottonwood Spring at nearly the exact half way point. I would learn after the fact that its suggested that you do not drink this water. Early to bed for an early wake up.

Day two was an alpine start in the desert. After a steep but brief scramble we were at the scary (hands and knees at times) traverse through the hermit shale transition zone to the base of the climb. After an attention grabbing traverse, Sean was soon leading the first pitch by 6:30 a.m.

There were nine pitches on this climb and it would be too daunting to describe everyone of them in detail. However, I will describe the general gist of the climb. The pitches ranged from moderately sandbagged climbing to tough awkward climbing to real heady climbing and to downright loose, insecure dangerous climbing. Pernell and Sean swapped leads for the entire climb. Meanwhile, I did my best to keep the ropes managed and moving. The climb did not let up for one minute really. After the first four pitches, there was a tedious traverse across the top ridgeline that took careful scrambling, down-climbing and two raps just to reach the headwall and the final pitches of the massive climb. The final pitch was a 15 foot wall made of dried mud that was essentially a free solo as it took no pro and there were no great spots for drilling or hammering pitons. Pernell led the short, but spicy 5.9. From the top of the last pitch, it was a pleasant stroll up the steep hill to the unique summit. After a brief stay on the summit, we had to encounter our biggest anxiety of the day, “how are we going to get down?”

We had to sling a bush just to do some controlled scrambling down the steep east slope of the summit, where the real scary fun would begin. A narrow traverse was needed to link back up with the end of the 8th pitch. The traverse was airy and completely exposed, so we chose to pitch it out and cross with a belay. From the top of the 8th pitch, it was all about finding ways to safely build rap anchors. We used a combination of nuts and pitons to complete two raps that got us to the predominant saddle dividing the distinct ridgeline of the Dome. From there we utilized a piton and an old bolt to rig a two rope, 200 plus foot rap to reach the ground. It took us 10.5 hours to complete the climb and descend to the base.

Saturday evening it was all high spirits at camp. We spent a lot of time laughing about the absurd danger/nature of the climb, the spicy moments and generally marveled at our accomplishment. We thought about all the parties that turned around on this climb and the boldness of the first ascent. I don't think we could have been more content at that moment. Our amazing day was then capped off with a spectacular moon rise directly over the Dome.

It’s hard to grasp the enormity of this one and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to join these two veteran Canyon climbers on this one. The Dome is undoubtedly the pinnacle of Grand Canyon climbing and I am almost in a state of disbelief that I was able to take part in this ascent. By our best calculations and information from the Canyon climbing community, we believe we were between the sixth and tenth party to ascend this summit.

28th Grand Canyon Summit.
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Cottonwood Spring The Dome

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I drank two liters from this spring. They say it is mineralized and drinking the water is not advised.
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Oct 09 2019
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Did a fall colors hike in the morning and then ran some laps on some moderates at the Hobo Jungle. An excellent day. Posted some fall color pics for those who are into that sort of thing.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
A little green still down low, but really popping at the higher elevations.
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Buddha TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Onsight II R  • 5.7 Sandstone Good • 300 Feet 3 Pitches
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Pro: Single Rack and set of nuts. BD .3-4 (a 5 will protect OW crack at beginning of pitch two).
This was another hard earned and rewarding Grand Canyon summit. Shelby, Carlos and Pernell teamed up with me for this one.

Day 1:

Hiked into the first overhang camp in Upper Phantom Canyon via the Utah Flats Route and the South Kaibab Trails. Heavy packs was the theme of day one. We carried in a set of twin 70m ropes, a 60m rope and two full racks of protection to go along with the rest of our climbing gear and three days worth of food and supplies.

Day 2:

From the overhang camp we headed up stream to the point where we would exit the creek area and begin our cross country jaunt towards Sturdevant Wash. We then walked up Sturdevant Wash to its steep beginnings and the break in the redwall at the saddle between Schellbach Butte and Buddha. A ridgeline then took us to the point where we would start traversing towards Buddha. The Supai blocks access to the base of Buddha and requires someone to climb on lead. Originally, we had planned to do the W Face route, but the approach took longer than expected so we decided on the more "sure thing" standard route on the SE corner.

The Climb:

I led the first pitch with a plan of swapping leads at each belay station. The first pitch is a series of short climbs with ok protection and some spicy traverses along some exposed ledges to reach the end of the pitch. The belay station is at a large pine tree that should be pretty easy to spot, climbers left. The belay station proved to be a little small for four climbers so for the sake of keeping our climb going efficiently, I began leading the second pitch with Shelby on belay. Meanwhile, Pernell pulled up Carlos. The second pitch starts with an OW crack that climbs easy, but is hard to protect. A number five will go down low, but its run out to the top. From the top of the crack start, a large ledge brings you over to a sandstone slab face that has an overhanging flake on its left side that creates a chimney like feature. The slab climbs about 5.7-5.8, but takes no pro and is very run out. Two pitons would be a nice edition to this section of the second pitch. From the belay station at the top of pitch two, I could see the start of the short third pitch. I decided to link the third pitch with the second and just finish off the climb for us. Unfortunately, my rope ended up being about ten feet too short and I was stuck making an intermediate belay to bring up Carlos to lead belay me to the top and bring up the others. From there it was just a matter of getting everyone up to the top of the final climbing pitch. A short scramble and a low fifth class chimney were the final obstacle to reaching the summit, which was a turn and burn summit due to the lateness in the day. Two adventure raps down our climbing route got us to the bottom. The return to camp was tedious at times. We were able to get our final rap in just as darkness set in, but it was headlamps from the top of the redwall all the way back to camp. After nearly exactly 16 hours we were back at camp. An absolute meat grinder of a day.

Day 3:

Hiked out the way we hiked in. Seven hours and 15 minutes from the overhang camp to the south rim.

Final Notes:

A great summit and a great team to do it with. We suffered together a little Saturday evening, but it was all laughs and high spirits most of the weekend. A memorable three days in the Grand Canyon backcountry for sure.

27th Grand Canyon summit.
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Buddha Temple Isis Temple
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Murphy Ranch Trail #141Globe, AZ
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I got back to my roots a little in the Sierra Ancha over the weekend. I had a some obligations in the valley on Saturday, so we were only able to make it in time for an awesome sunset Saturday evening, but Sunday was event filled and fun. We started off with some climbing at Workman Falls and finished with a nice hike along the Rim Trail.

Murphy Ranch and the Rim Trail have some sections of overgrowth but nothing too unmanageable. I think I have noted this before and I know there were some that were unhappy with the response to the latest forest fire in the Ancha, but based on my non expert eye and opinion, it seems this was a relatively healthy fire. We did not climb much at Workman, but it was enough to convince me to come back. There is a new 5.11- route that climbs up directly next to the falls. I would like to come back and give it a shot before winter comes. Can't go wrong with the Ancha for a quick overnight trip.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Some decent flowers along the trail in spots. Or maybe just colorful weeds IDK.
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Mount Lemmon Trail #5Tucson, AZ
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I climbed on Mount Lemmon for the first time on Saturday. We climbed at an area called Avalon. The climbing was great and the backdrop spectacular. Mount Lemmon is a stunning climbing destination and I look forward to returning. I got seven different leads in and had a great day climbing with a 5.10B onsight, 5.10+ lead and a heady 5.10 mixed route. The higher elevation was felt during the hike out and during the climbing. The conditions were perfect.
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Brady PeakNorthwest, AZ
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Pro: Double rack. Need a static line and gear to ascend. 70m rope for the climb and rap.
    The Approach:

    The approach to Brady Peak is downright diabolical. It amounted to some of the nastiest bushwhacking I have ever done and it was through some of the most unforgiving vegetation (New Mexican Locust) there is to bushwhack through. We ended up choosing the wrong drainage to rap down from and ended up at the bottom of a drainage with a much further drop. After cursing our misfortune for a minute, we committed to raping down about 20 feet to a ledge we believed could be free climbed to the top. Then we tied a static line for rapping down and jugging back up to cover the final 70 feet to the ground. From the bottom of the rap to the cruiser hermit shale it was more bushwhacking. Some of the bushwhacking could be mitigated by hugging the base of the Coconino layer. Meanwhile, the Hermit Shale was a breeze and we were at the base of the climb in a rather short amount of time after breaking through the thick stuff.

    The Climb:

    The first pitch is a low fifth class scramble, so we free soled it to save time. The beta for the second pitch calls for putting in some pro and traversing over to a 5.6 well protected chimney that will take you to a small ledge and tree belay. Unfortunately, I started up a little high on my traverse and rather than a relatively easy traverse over to the Chimney, I set myself up for a spicy transition out onto a short stretch of exposed slab that was guarding access to another much narrower crack system. Pernell was sure I was in the right spot and encouraged me to make the move into the crack system, assuring me it only went 5.6. I was positive that the sequence required to reach the next available crack was tougher than 5.6, but I continued on anyways thinking maybe I was just not seeing the Jesus hold, or something. The sequence out onto the sandstone slab ended up involving trusting a pure finger lock and some friction work with the feet, it was steep and sustained, but I climbed it about as clean as one could climb it. Of course my attention to detail and technique was motivated by the fact that I was not crazy about the pro below me and I was simply in a no fall zone. Even if my gear held, it would have been an R type fall two that would have probably ripped Pernell off his ledge and blew the piece he was using to anchor himself to the rather narrow belay ledge. The pro was not great after reaching a point of rest, but I was able to get creative and buried a number 3 deep in a little roof crack within a wider crack just above my head. The bomber number three gave me the confidence to get back out on the face and reestablish myself in the crack to finish the final ten, or so feet of it. I came to a point where the crack became far too difficult for me to climb. By now, I could see the 5.6 chimney that I was suppose to be in. Luckily, there seemed to be a manageable traverse over into it from my position. I backed up the spicy traverse with a .3 and a .5 and headed over with ease. Getting inside the 5.6 Chimney was such a relief! The holds were blocky and the climbing was easy. I continued on with ease to the belay tree. From there I pulled up Pernell. We quickly swapped leads upon his arrival and he finished off the easy 3rd pitch.

    The Summit:

    This summit definitely does not see much traffic. There was no register, so we left behind one of the coveted copper colored boxes and a new note pad and pencil for future ascents. There are a set of brand new rap anchors off the west end of the lower summit and we were able to reach the start of pitch two with a 70m rope. The rap is big and fun, but the pull is tricky.

    Getting Back to the Rim:

    There were three major obstacles to getting back up on the north rim. Repeating the bushwhack, a 70 foot jug back up our fixed line and a small lead climb. The jug out proved to be an absolute smoker. Jugging up a 70 foot single fixed line with a heavy pack is an absolute workout to say the least. Then the short lead to reach the rim that looked rather easily on the way down, now all of a sudden looked pretty daunting. Pernell was able to lead the large OW crack by walking up a number five as far up as the large piece could protect. From there it was a physical OW climb to a "God" hold and eventually a prehung sling that we had left behind on our way down. Pernell pulled me up from there and we began the dreadful uphill bushwhack through some of the thickest New Mexican Locust I have ever walked through.

    Final Notes:

    The approach for this summit is not for the faint of heart. I can't imagine anyone other than a dedicated Canyon enthusiast attempting this one due to its approach. Because of the approach and the tough second pitch lead, this summit gave me a strong sense of accomplishment. It was nice to get some props from Pernell on the second pitch lead and the development of my climbing overall. I also complete this climb with a broken pinkie toe, which although maybe a bad idea, somehow worked out fine. Albeit, with a little added pain and some cursing. Feel free to DM for more detailed beta on approach and climb.

    Grand Canyon Summit #26.
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    Queen Creek Cyn / AtlantisGlobe, AZ
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     Alley Cat Red Point 5.7Sport
     Hide and Seek Onsight 5.7Trad
    Double rack to BD #4 and one #5
     First-Born Onsight 5.8SportPG
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    Stout 5.9 IMO, but sent it clean.
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    Bring a BD .4 and .5 for the run out section with missing pitons on pitch two. Led all three pitches.
    I spent a couple Sunday mornings over the last two weeks climbing here. This is a perfect area for early morning summer climbing. Sunday was downright gorgeous. We arrived after a light rain and along with the morning shade, got some nice cloud cover. The Trident is a real fun multipitch, almost has the feel of a Sedona sand tower with its big views and exposure. There are also some high quality moderates with Hide and Seek and Alley Cat being the highlights. My friend could not finish his lead on Giggling Marlin, so I finished off the stout 5.9 for him. I think this route would be a 5.10a at other crags. Cool area overall. I really like how I am exploring and climbing in areas that I have driven by for years now. A fun new chapter in my outdoor Arizona career.
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    Stewart Pocket Loop PaysonPayson, AZ
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    Pernell and I headed back to the Pocket on Saturday. This time we hit up the Tonto Buttress in an attempt to get some more work in together as we prepare for a big one in the Canyon in October.

    Apart from the 5.11- sport route, it was all moderate two pitch trad leads for us on Saturday. We were able to climb until noon along the entirely western facing cliff bands of the Tonto Buttress. This is a pretty cool area, its a bit rugged and the routes are not clean, but we both still enjoyed the area. The climbs have a little bit of an adventure feel to them and I always like that. There are several opportunities for more development in this area too and if the weather ever cools we may head back out there in search of a few FAs.
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    Stewart Pocket / the JointPayson, AZ
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     Resin Man Trad
    One .75 will protect down low, than there are two bolts to clip in the chimney.
     Puff Puff Pass 5.7Trad
    Kind of a meh route, single rack is fine, most will feel good only placing a few pieces on this one..
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    Both Pernell and I took falls at the Bulge, tough little sequence, we did at end of day when we were beat. Protects well. Will need at least one #4 where crack gets wider.
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    Short but sweet traditional hand crack. Takes pro up to a BD #2.
    Headed to Stewarts Pocket to get some easy trad miles in and learn a few things about aid and jugging up fixed lines with Pernell. All the trad leads were solid moderates. Kryptonite was by far the best of them, a true hand crack with a blank face, so if offered some nice practice in that area for me.

    I took a solid little whipper on Dank and Dabby. Thankfully, Pernell is a pro and was literally able to get in just enough slack to prevent what would have been a pretty painful decking. I had just cleared the bulge and with a solid right fist jam tried reaching across body for my number four, as I knew I was getting dangerously high above my second piece. The awkward cross body movement killed my center of balance and the crack spit me right out. I also believe with the bulge and movements of this crack should go 5.9, but doesn't matter and no excuses.
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    Horseshoe Mesa 5,246Northwest, AZ
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    I can confirm that the Grand Canyon is still hot in August. Not much to say about these summits, just finally ticking off some of the easier Grand Canyon summits off the list.
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    Ouray: Pool Wall, CO 
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    The Pool Wall is a very easy to access crag located right in Ouray. I finished my summer in Colorado and spent my last couple days staying at my friends cabin in Ouray and climbing. The Pool Wall is predominantly sport climbing. There are several climbs for climbers of all skill levels in the area. I really enjoyed this area. After getting on some moderate leads, I finished the day with a nice little 5.10c lead. I did take for a sec at the crux after a bit of a slip, but recovered for the send.
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    Blue Lakes Trail #201West, CO
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    Hiking9.00 Miles 2,543 AEG
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    Still a little early in the season for this one. The uppermost lake is still frozen over and the wildflowers have just started to come in. A popular area even on a weekday. Trail was in excellent shape. Maybe one of Colorado's more scenic trails.
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    Mount HaydenNorthwest, AZ
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    Hike & Climb3.02 Miles 1,200 AEG
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    Onsight III PG  • Trad • 5.8 Other Good • 4 Pitches
     
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    Pro: Might be able to do with less, but we brought a double rack BD .3-3, a single 4 and a set of stoppers.
    Pernell and I were not sure if it was crazy to try to knock this out in July with a south facing route, but we gave it a go with my friend Shelby anyways.

    We drove up on Saturday and found a creative hack for camping very close to the trailhead legally to set us up for a first light start Sunday morning. The approach has a nasty reputation, but I think for most canyon vets it would be regarded as pretty par for the course. The approach humbled Shelby a little, but she was able to leave her comfort zone a little and tough it out. Nevertheless, we were all a little beat when we got to the base of the climb. Because time was of the essence, I Immediately started to rack up and get ready to start us off on the first pitch. The first pitch has a heady little start and does not protect well for most of the first 30-40 feet so it took me a second to get going, but I was able to quickly shake off the first pitch jitters and cruised about 90 feet up to what I felt was the best spot to end the first pitch and start bringing up Pernell and Shelby. I swapped leads with Pernell at the top of the first pitch and then he took over for the easy second and the link up of the crux third pitch. We both followed shortly after. From there we turned the lead over to Shelby who topped us out after leading the short fourth pitch and the 20 foot, 5.5 dihedral that offers access to the southwest corner of the summit.

    The pool table shaped summit was spectacular with big exposure around most of its edges. After enjoying the summit some, we began the second half of our adventure, rapping down. We rapped off the north face of Hayden down the famed Pegasus Route. The raps were big, steep, airy and fun. Although, it should be noted that a 70m rope will not get you to the ledge on the third rap coming down. We had to be creative to remedy this issue.

    After catching our breath and drinking for the first time in awhile for all of us, we began the tedious "hike" back to the car. The climb out got very warm towards the end, but we did it pretty efficiently and without too many hang ups. We ended up being around 11 hours car to car.

    These Canyon summits just keep becoming more special and fulfilling to me. It feels so nice to finally be knocking out the technical ones and completing them in good style and most importantly getting some work in on the sharp end of the rope and not just relying on someone to drag me up on top belay.

    Grand Canyon summit #23.
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    Timpanogos FallsMountainlands, UT
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    Blanco and I stopped to stretch our legs here on our way home from the Wind River Range. I thought we would be able to get up to Emerald Lakes or the Hidden Lakes area, but the snow got heavy and steep above the Primrose Cirque.

    The trail is generally in great shape. In fact, oddly enough a mile or so of it is paved, even into the wilderness area. A winter avalanche has done some pretty significant damage to the bottom portions of the trail, but I am sure it won't take long to clean up, as the trail is very heavily used and popular. Nearly every aspen at the bottom of the trail was wiped out by the avalanche. I found the trail a little warm and exposed, but we did get a later start in the morning. The waterfalls were great and I have a feeling the trail is spectacular up high, however, we were just a little too early in the season for this one.
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    Slide LakeCentral, WY
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    Last hike in the Wind River Range. The lake was scenic and the falls were impressive. The ford was a little quick and just below the waist. The trail to the lake was in great shape. The lake appears to get a fair amount of visitors. Any beta related to the actual hike can be found in the description page for Slide Lake.
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    Fish Bowl Spring
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    Titcomb BasinCentral, WY
    Central, WY
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    Backpack31.99 Miles 4,925 AEG
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    The first week of July is generally a little early in the season to backpack into Titcomb Basin, but Blanco and I gave it a go anyways. I had a little beta on the snow levels in the area and after backpacking to the Cirque of Towers a few days early, I figured we should still be able to reach the fabled basin. We did reach the basin, but the going was a little slow at times. The upside of the early season visit was no crowds and a lot of solitude. The downside was frozen lakes, little green and almost no flowers. I planned for a three day backpack, bu we were able to get into the basin and back to the trailhead with an ambitious overnight trip.

    Day One:

    We backpacked into Island Lake on the first day. The hike in was only average until we reached Seneca Lake. After that, the trail offered some of the finest alpine scenery I have hiked through. Seneca and Upper Seneca Lake are both spectacular backcountry lakes and the hike down to Island Lake offered perhaps one of the most scenic descents to a lake I have ever hiked. Somehow we got Island Lake entirely to ourselves and I had one of my best backcountry dinners to date perched on the slabs high above the lakes southeast shoreline. It got a little windy at times, but the weather and conditions were otherwise perfect throughout the evening and into the morning.

    Day Two:

    On day Blanco and I day hiked up to Titcomb Basin and Indian Basin. The Titcomb Basin Trail was covered in deep snow pretty much the entire way just past Island Lake. Where it was not snow it was running water, slush or mud. We generally cruised along a hard crusted still frozen snow in the morning, but had to be more creative heading back to avoid post holing and getting overly bogged down. Realizing you were on top of a tarn or hearing running water underneath the snow was a little unnerving at times and I feared us breaking through a few of the snow bridges that were required to pass over in order to reach the basin and Titcomb Lakes area. The lakes were still mostly frozen over and I am sure the scenic quality of the area was tapered by the snow, but I still found the area very scenic. We made a detour to Indian Basin on the way back, however, heavy snow turned us back before reaching the actual basin. The original plan was to break camp at Island Lake and relocate to Seneca for a short hike out the next day. However, upon arriving at Seneca the skies opened up. I was not looking forward to setting up a tent in the rain and then putting a wet dog in there next to me, so I decided I would just push on to Hobbs Lake and hope for a little break in the weather to get dry and set up camp. The break never came and the weather got much worse at times. After passing on setting up camp in a steady drizzle at Hobbs Lake and feeling unmotivated to spend a night riding out a storm and being wet, I decided we would just hike out to the trailhead from there and call it a backpack. It ended up being a 20 mile day to get out, but we both managed fine. I was grateful for our choice to hike out after a pretty nasty system pounded the higher elevations for most of the night, culminating with a nice dusting of snow by the next morning.

    Final Notes

    Even with the early season conditions, this was hands down some of the finest alpine scenery that I have hiked through. Island Lake may be the most scenic lake that I have seen. I am eager to get back to this area for some more ambitious backpacks next year and hopefully some climbing.
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    Big Sandy TrailCentral, WY
    Central, WY
    Backpack avatar Jul 03 2019
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    Backpack23.10 Miles 3,470 AEG
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    John9L
    I backpacked into the Cirque of the Towers with John, my friend Katie and three dogs for the Fourth of July. We set up a base camp at the easy to reach Big Sandy Lake and day hiked to some surrounding some lakes and the Cirque. The area is known for its crowds, but we never felt too crowded, although, we did see several groups coming in as we hiked out.

    Day 1:

    Easy hike to Big Sandy Lake and then after setting up camp, we hiked up to Clear and Black Joe Lakes. Clear Lake was very scenic, we encountered some significant snow on our descent from Black Joe Lake. There are not too many better spots to camp than Big Sandy Lake. A visually stunning area and setting.

    Day 2:

    We hiked up to Jack Ass Pass and the Cirque of the Towers on day two. We encountered some heavy snow along the way, but nothing that was deep, or dangerous enough to stop travel. Arrowhead Lake was still frozen over and we ended up taking a more snow free route to clear Jack Ass Pass than the trail. The view of the Cirque was spectacular, as were the views coming back down to Arrowhead Lake. We planned for some late afternoon exploring after arriving back to camp, but a two hour storm rolled through and kind of killed that momentum. We ended up spending the rest of the night trying to dry out and enjoying a nice campfire.

    Day 3:

    Easy hike out.
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    Arrowhead Lake Cirque of the Towers
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    Clear Creek Natural BridgeCentral, WY
    Central, WY
    Hiking avatar Jul 02 2019
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    Hiking10.00 Miles 250 AEG
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    I met up with John in Jackson Wyoming for a three day backpack into the Cirque of Towers in the Wind River Range. We completed this hike the day before our backpack. The Green River Lakes Trailhead is a pretty spectacular place to start a hike with a large scenic lake and some pretty stunning mountains as a backdrop.

    The hike was easy and the trail was in excellent shape. The majority of the trail offered expansive views of the surrounding mountains while paralleling a raging Clear Creek. The Natural Bridge was a worthy destination and a very cool geological feature. The water was running high and fast under the bridge which may have also contributed to some of the awe. After a quick break and a couple of pictures, we headed back to the trailhead. We thought about a hike up to Slide Lake and falls, but the bridge was out and the creek looked a little swift for a safe ford. I returned a week later and made the ford, but it was nearly waist high and a tough ford.
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    Our LakeNorth Central, MT
    North Central, MT
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    Hiking6.66 Miles 1,648 AEG
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    I made a quick detour into the Bob Marshall Wilderness after spending 12 days climbing, hiking and backpacking in four separate Canadian National Parks. This proved to be an awesome selection and perfect hike to sandwich in between extended stays in the Canadian Rockies and the Wind River Range (where I am currently).

    There was camping at the trailhead and the trail to the lake was in excellent shape. There are also two rather stunning waterfalls on the way to the scenic lake. The lake is known for harboring mountain goats and there were signs of grizzlys, but we did not see either. The hike down from the lake went quick on the well manicured trail. This was another.nice little trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness for me and I am looking forward to knocking out an ambitious backpack out there one day. The Canadian Rockies were beyond amazing, now time to explore the Wind River Range for awhile.
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    Lake Agnes Trail - Lake LouiseAlberta, AB
    Alberta, AB
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    Climbing2.40 Miles 1,207 AEG
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    There is some pretty spectacular climbing on Lake Louise. There are several walls to get on full of everything from moderate leads to very tough ones. We climbed in an area called the amphitheater. The area has a great mix of moderate trad routes and a few moderate sport leads. This may be the most scenic area I have ever cragged it up at. The views from the anchors were absolutely stunning.
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