Pack Wheeling To Tepee Lakes In The Uinta Mountains

 

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This year the boys were itching to do another backcountry pack trip. Since my youth I have heard of stories of Mystery Lake(aka Lost Lake) that my parents would pack into to fish pack in their youthful years before I came along. Mystery Lake was also in the area that my Grandfather shot a large bull elk back in 1965 with a Stevens rifle in 250-3000. This are is in and around the Sheep Creek Canal on the Eastern end of the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains.

The area doesn't have nearly as many lakes as some of the Uintas and isn't as popular as the areas closer to the high density of population along the Wasatch front of Utah. I'm always for getting away from the crowds and was excited to explore the are with my three boys. 

To help get in and out of the backcountry we were going to use Pack Wheel hiking carts. With us not knowing how rugged the trails would be we used a Pull Yoke on each of our Pack Wheels. The Pull Yokes came in handy for a couple of 100 yard sections of the trail that were steep and very rocky. My 10 and 12 year old boys only had their gear with them with Pack Wheels carrying around the 25-30 pound amounts. Dallen my 19 year old had somewhere in the 60 pound range of gear and my Pack Wheel was pushing 80 pounds of gear. I hauled in a lot of stuff that just wasn't necessary but did so because it wasn't on my back. Items like a 48 pack of AA batteries. A trail camera full of 8 AA batteries, a second propane tank, a spool of extra fishing line etc.

On one particular steep rocky section the Pull Yokes were a blessing. As we hiked along we would just swing the Pull Yokes up and tuck the pull strap under a bungee cord. On the couple of rough, steep sections Dallen and I would help the young boys up by pulling from the front of their Pack Wheels and then we would go back for our Pack Wheels. And on one section I actually made three trips, one pulling my 10 year old, One pulling my 19 year old and one having the boys help pull my Pack Wheel up through the rough stuff. I could have made it up this section by myself eventually but it was a lot quicker making the trips and having the extra help with my heavy load on this one section.

My 10 year old was using a 24 inch wheel and had the greatest disadvantage of having it roll over the rocks and trees but it still worked really well for him. My 12 year old was using a 26 inch wheel, Dallen a 29er and I had a 27.5+ fat tire on my Pack Wheel. the 26, 29 and 27.5+ tires we all had setup tubeless. The 26 and 29 I was running around 20 lbs of air pressure and in my 27.5+ I was running around 10 lbs of air pressure. Using the lower air pressure helped with having the wheels roll through the rocks on the trail. And if I could say one thing about this trail was that is was rock city. You hardly had any breaks from going through the rocks. The Pack Wheels shined and made the trip much more enjoyable. Although my boys were all tired upon getting in to were we wanted to go and camp they have been a little spoiled in not experiencing what it is like to have all your gear on your back.

The trail is not nearly as refined and taken care of as the trails we Pack Wheeled going into Duck Lake a couple years ago. We had to cross around a dozen fallen trees that were over the trail. And in the four days of being up the trail we only saw two other people, two guys that passed us on the trail as they were hiking out and we were hiking in.

We camped at Tepee Lakes and explored the area from this location. We were interested in finding our way up to Lost Lake but spent the greater part of one day trying to figure out the trail systems or the lack of trails. If your in the area we found that it is just best to stick to the north side of Sheep Creek Canal. We never made it to Lost lake on one of our daily exploring trips because of the delays we had in the trails and the likelihood of getting rained on in the afternoon so we explored some other closer lakes in the area.

We are much better prepared with knowledge of the crazy trails in the area to make it into Lost Lake on another pack trip in the future.

On of the things the boys learned about the Uinta Mountains is the abundance of wild strawberries and raspberries. They were really good treats and the boys would fight over patches of strawberries.

Another reason I'm sure for the lack of people hiking in this area is the lack of fish. We explored a few lakes and only found fish in two lakes. One of the Tepee Lakes and another un-named lake. Both of these lakes had good healthy Brook Trout in them that appeared to be trout that have been reproducing on their own for many years. I don't believe the Division of Wildlife Resources has planted any of the lakes in the area for maybe decades.

A cool find one day was a 1946 nickel that I found lying on the ground near the Tepee Lakes. What are the chances of finding that on the mountain?

On this trip we brought our new Browning four man Greystone tent. This tent was sweet and slept all four us us nicely. I waffled back and forth between this tent and a comparable tent in the Alps Mountaineering line that is lighter with aluminum poles. In the end I liked the idea of having more of a three season tent with stronger heavier fiberglass poles. This tent may see some use during elk and deer season and as Dallen can attest we have been dumped on with the snow in the past. And the fact that all of the times I will be backing this tent it is going to be on the Pack Wheel and not my back so an extra pound isn't that critical.

The boys had a blast catching fish. Although we really didn't catch more than a handful a piece both of the younger boys caught all of their fish on their own and you could tell that made them extra excited. I even conceded to keeping a few of the fish that we cooked up for dinner. Boy where they yummy!

The larger and deeper of the two Tepee Lakes  that looked like it should be loaded with trout we couldn't find a fish in it. I was a little disappointed. It looks awesome but it is only full of really large salamanders. And quite a few of them. It doesn't appear that there is inlet to allow for the Brookies to spawn in this lake. I think the lake is plenty deep enough to not freeze. I can only guess that it got fished out and there where no fish reproducing to replenish there numbers. Hint, hint DWR can you put some fish in the Tepee Lakes and surrounding lakes. ;)

For the most part the hike in was all uphill and that means that the hike out was almost all downhill so we just flew off the mountain in ease. It did take us a little time going in especially because I was trying to find places to take video in this new area. It does require energy to push the gear uphill but in most cases where we are on a trail I far prefer having the weight on the wheel and off my back at all times. If we head up that trail again in the future I've now scouted it out for good video locations. ;)

The chipmunks in camp were a riot. They were getting into everything. We needed our food up in our bear bags just to keep it away from the chipmunks. :)

I like to take a trail camera with me on my pack trips just to see what I can catch on camera. I found a cool location a couple hundred yards from camp and set it up their for three days. I placed a little B&J loose powder in front of it to try and get an elk or other critter to come in and get his picture taken. In the three days I only captured a doe mule deer briefly and she completely ignored the B&J almost like it was a repellent.

Interestingly in the five days we were on the mountain we saw one doe at the parking lot and the one doe that showed up on the trail camera. These are the only big game animals that we saw. There were a lot more elk tracks lower on the mountain near the trailhead at Browne Lake. We even found a bear track within a mile of the trailhead but we didn't see a mammal larger than a Red Squirrel for the whole pack trip. I was hoping we would see some moose or elk but just never found any. It is pretty darn thick with pines so critters aren't the easiest to find.

On thing that the boys will always remember from this trip is that we had a front row seat to watch a huge Chinese rocket of some sort burn up across the sky as it reentered the atmosphere. Wish I had it on video. It was absolutely amazing.

I love my GoalZero solar system to recharge my cell phone. I could just barely get cell reception every once in a while but when I did it chewed up my battery. In a half hour period of time while getting a photo posted to Instagram I chewed through 30% of my battery to do so. I kept my phone on airplane mode most of the time but had it one for the GPS mapping and use with BackCountry Navigator Pro. I like this app because I can preload topos and aerial maps of areas before I leave to head up into the backcountry that has no cell reception.

It was fun to teach the boys about being prepared in the backcountry. One day even though there wasn't any rain in the forecast it clouded up and rained on us quite a bit. We were a mile or so from camp exploring lakes and I pulled out and emergency blanket to wrap around us to stay dry and warm. I talked a lot with the younger boys about being prepared and how to start fires etc.

This was one of the coolest trips of my life. I really enjoyed spend the quality time with my boys. It wish I could just get my wife and daughter to want to come and enjoy the backcountry but I haven't found a way to helicopter in a travel trailer yet. :)

 

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Pack Wheeling The Uinta Mountains — Crystal Lake Trailhead to Duck Lake

Dallen fishing on Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Dallen out fishing on Duck Lake.

 

The boys hiking in with their Pack Wheel hiking carts.

The boys hiking along the trail with their Pack Wheel hiking carts.

 

Our Pack Wheel hiking carts at the camp site on Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Our Pack Wheel hiking carts at the camp site on Duck Lake.

 

View of camp site at Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

View of our camp after returning from hiking to Beaver Lake.

Chipping Sparrow nest in the Uinta Mountains.

We found this Chipping Sparrow nest on our way to Beaver Lake. We also found three Junco nests with eggs during our trip.

 

Dallen with a Brook Trout on Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

One of the Brook Trout that Dallen caught on the trip.

 

Me and the boys at Beaver Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Stopping for a photo while fishing at Beaver Lake, a lake seriously lacking in fish. Still a beautiful lake and area to hike to.

 

Me and the boys with our Pack Wheels at Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

One last photo of us and our Pack Wheels before heading back to the trailhead.

 

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit at Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains.

Although I could get absolutely no cell reception I still used the GPS and other features on my phone. The Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit works really well at keeping my phone charged and makes for a great light in the tent at night.

 

Here's a sample of what the trail camera caught while watching over camp.

 

I had been promising my boys for the past two years to take them on a backcountry fishing trip. I finally came through on my promise and what an enjoyable time it was. I wish I had of found the time the previous summer. I'm sure that we will make this at least a yearly tradition for future summers.

For this trip I wanted to hike in from the Crystal Lake trailhead into the Duck Lake area. This is an area I backpacked into a number of times in my youth. It has now been I believe twenty one years since I had been back in this area.

This area of the Uinta Mountains is non-wilderness. For whatever the reason Uncle Sam bans the use of a wheel but allows the use of horses in wilderness areas. Something I just don't understand. How does a wheel on a trail have more impact on the environment that horses? I just don't get it. Anyhow wheels are legal in this non-wilderness area so we used Pack Wheel hiking carts to haul all of our gear.

My leg after knee surgery

I had knee surgery on the 29th of May. Here's what the back of my leg looked like a month before going on this backcountry trip.

A month and a half ago I had a pretty extensive seventh surgery on one of my knees. The doc ground out a lot of arthritis that was growing throughout the joint causing it to lockup and swell non-stop. This surgery caused a lot of bruising, so much so, for such a long time I really backed off my normal exercising to just let it heal. It has healed well but my leg is very weak. Even with my leg being really weak I easily carried way too much gear. Getting the weight off my back and on the Pack Wheel has been so enjoyable for me to continue doing what I love and doing it so comfortably.

The Pack Wheels worked great as usual. This was my eight year old son's first time using a Pack Wheel on a real hike and it didn't take him long to figure out how to operate it well. My ten year old has had a little experience with the Pack Wheel and my seventeen year old has been using them for a couple years on our deer and elk hunting adventures.

The trail into to Duck Lake was a lot rougher than I remembered from my youth. There wasn't a single set of bike tracks on the trail and it was easy to see why, because if you were to attempt to take a bike on this trail it would be a near complete "hike a bike" experience. This trail is very rocky and rough.

Using the Pack Wheel hiking carts we were all able to have a very enjoyable, comfortable hike in and out. The little boys were using a 20 and 24 inch wheel sized Pack Wheels. With the smaller wheels that don't roll over obstacles as well, the rough trail and them being younger I'll admit was a little nervous that the little boys might not have as good of an experience with the hike. My nervousness quickly fleeted. Both of them had a great time hauling in their own gear. Never once was there any complaint of fatigue. With the weight off their backs they just had fun driving their Pack Wheels. It was cute to see them make motorcycle sounds as they would "drive" up and over obstacles in the trail. It became kind of a game to go over the rough terrain.

To provide extra protection against flats on the trip the 26" wheel on Dallen's Pack Wheel and the 29" wheel on mine we had them Gorilla Tape tubeless setup. The Schwalbe tubeless ready tires are rather easy to setup tubeless and they seal to the Sun Ringle MTX rims very well.

One thing I did notice with the roughness of the trail is that it slowed us down. Instead of just hiking across the rocks of a creek we had to take an extra minute or two to navigate the crossing. So on this particular hike the Pack Wheels didn't help us go any faster they just made the hike pain free and enjoyable. Now from my experience using a Pack Wheel I know you can fly in on a trail with a lot of weight given the right trail. In fact if your body is capable of jogging, you could easily jog along with a Pack Wheel.

The fishing wasn't the greatest in the world in fact my 10 year old Landen never caught a single fish. KB only caught one and I only caught two fish. We fished for many hours over a three day period. Dallen did catch around 16 Brookies and Cutthroats.

I hiked up to Fire Lake one morning to check it out to see if I should bring the boys back up to it. The lake appeared dead. I couldn't see any activity on the surface and nothing hit my Jake lure for the half hour or so I tried it. Fire Lake is a beautiful lake that appears to be very deep. Many, many years ago in this lake my friend Clint caught the largest Cutthroat trout I have ever seen come out of a Uinta lake. I'm not sure if there are any fish in it now. :(

One day we all hiked up to Beaver Lake to check it out. Years ago this lake is where I caught the most fish I have ever caught in a Uinta lake. Back when I was young this lake was loaded with hungry Brook Trout. Well times have changed and this lake did have a few fish in it rising to the surface but we couldn't get anything to hit our lures and flies behind Adjust-a-bubbles. I would guess that there were fewer than a handful of fish in this lake.

It seems as though the smaller off the beaten path lakes just aren't getting stocked like they were many years ago and these lakes just can't sustain a healthy trout population when people are hauling them out to eat. I wonder why the Division of Wildlife Resources doesn't stock them more? I think it is a lot of fun to explore the off the beaten path lakes looking for a gem of fun fishing.

I felt extremely horrible that Landen never caught a single fish and KB only caught one. They both tried so very hard. I know one thing for sure. I will be bring night crawlers and other bait the next time I take them to make sure they catch something. My young boys did learn how to use a spinning reel quite well by the time we left. It is cool and sad at the same time to see them grow up.

After hiking back out to the trailhead and we load up my Montero Dallen noted that the entire back of the Montero was filled with the gear we hauled on our Pack Wheels. We probably could have left home a lot of what we hauled but then it wasn't really any extra difficulty to bring it all along.

We took a Browning Recon Force XR (BTC-2XR) trail camera with us to watch camp. You know how you are always wondering what is lurking around outside your tent at night? After reviewing the footage on the camera nothing came around our tent this time out. The camera did catch my ten year old's pants falling down to his ankles which was pretty funny.

Even with the lack of catching fish all of my boys are excited to pack into the backcountry somewhere next year. We'll have to figure out where to go. There are a lot of non-wilderness areas near Spirit Lake, Browne Lake and Sheep Creek Canal. We may have to try some lakes over on that end of the Uinta Mountains.

 

 

Panorama of Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains

Here's a panorama of Duck Lake.

Panorama of Fire Lake in the Uinta Mountains

Here is a panorama showing most of Fire Lake.

Browning Recon Force XR trail camera watching over our camp site.

The Montero filled with all our gear.

Dallen with his Pack Wheel.

Browning Recon Force XR trail camera watching over our camp site. The entire back of the Montero is filled with the gear we hauled in with Pack Wheel hiking carts. Dallen with his Pack Wheel while hiking back to the trailhead.

KB eating dinner at camp on Duck Lake.

KB catching a Cutthroat Trout at Duck Lake.

KB with his Cutthroat Trout at Duck Lake.

KB eating dinner in camp one evening. KB catching the only fish he caught on the trip. KB with his Cutthroat Trout at Duck Lake.

Striped Ground Squirrel at Duck Lake

Young mule deer buck at Fire Lake

Landen getting a snack at Beaver Lake.

A Striped Ground Squirrel at Duck Lake. Here's a couple of young mule deer bucks that were hanging out at Fire Lake. Where's all the fish you promised dad? Landen getting a snack at Beaver Lake.

 

Backpacking The Wind Rivers — Stough Creek Basin

Dallen hiking into Stough Creek Basin with Alps Red Tail backpack

Dallen paused to notice the 5 more miles to go sign while we were hiking into the Stough Creek Basin.

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to backpack into the Stough Creek basin of the Wind Rivers that is in the Popo Agie Wilderness of the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. The trailhead is at Worthen Meadows Reservoir that is at 20 miles west of Lander Wyoming.

It has been probably 20 years since I last stepped foot into the Wind Rivers and I was excited with the opportunity to go with Dallen my oldest son and other young men his age on their scouting High Adventure trip for this summer.

It didn't take long to study the map that I knew fishing could be really good in this basin. There are many, many lakes in the basin all within roughly 2 miles from one end to the other. Dallen and I made plans and equipped ourselves with plenty of lures and fishing equipment for the trip. Also in preparation for the trip, we needed to upgrade some of our gear from the camo hunting packs and bivy shelters. We picked up a couple of nice backpacks and a tent from Alps Mountaineering for the adventure.

Dallen wearing a Alps Red Tail pack looking at a stream coming out of the Stough Creek Basin

Dallen stopped to look at a stream coming out of the Stough Creek Basin.

The drive from Morgan, Utah took a good four plus hours. With stops for food, gas, and fishing licensees our group made it into the Worthen Meadows Reservoir campground just before dusk. We camped there for the night and early the next morning set out up the trail leading to the Stough Creek Basin.

Dallen and I took our time hiking in taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. The trail steadily climbs up many, many switchbacks until you reach the pass looking across at Wind River Peak (13,192 ft.), Lizard Head and other awesome looking peaks of the Southern portion of the Wind Rivers. The pass is at an elevation of 10,600 feet giving a healthy 1,700 feet of vertical climbing from the trail head.

After crossing the peak you drop roughly 400 feet before climbing pack up to around 10,400 where we camped at the first Stough Creek Basin Lake. I believe our total hiking distance to where we camped was right at 7 miles.

Alps Red Tail Day Pack with Fishing Rod at one of the Stough Creek Lakes

Here is a view of one of the Stough Creek Basin Lakes with the Alps Red Tail day pack.

We caught a lot of Brook Trout in this lake.

For two solid days Dallen and I explored the many lakes in the basin looking for fish. We didn't make it to all of the lakes. This basin is just loaded with lakes all within roughly a two mile radius. Most of the lakes we hiked to where loaded with Brook trout and some of the lakes also had a few Cutthroat trout. Each lake was a little different. Some lake's average fish size was around eight inches, others around 10 inches while a couple lakes had some really nice Cutthroat trout in them. The largest I caught I would guess was 15 inches long.

The lures that worked best where Jake's and Super Dupers in various colors. Dallen really liked a black Jake's with yellow dots however he only had one and lost that lure fairly quick. I was able to catch a few fish with silver and gold Panther Martin spinners but the silver and gold Jake's and Super Dupers worked better. I also had a lot of luck getting strikes with black marabou jigs. It was just hard to hook them as the fish would not hold the lure in their mouths very long.

The best lure that we found to catch fish was with a fly. I caught a few with a fly rod and we both both caught a bunch with a fly a couple feet behind an A-Just-A Bubble water bubble on our spinning rods.

Alps Chaos 3 Tent at Sunset in the Stough Creek Basin

Sunset showing the Alps Chaos 3 tent while backpacking in the Stough Creek Basin of the Wind Rivers.

The boys had themselves a friendly competition on the number of fish that they could catch. Dallen, never one to pass up a challenge, finished the trip with an even 100 fish to win the bragging rights. He really started pulling away from the competition when he decided to fish with what his old man was catching fish with — a bubble and a fly. Upon return my avid backpacking neighbor recommended using two flies behind the bubble. Hmmm... I'm going to have to try that next time out.

For the trip we decided to upgrade some of our backpacking gear. We decided to go with an Alps Mountaineering Zion External frame backpack and an Alps Mountaineering Red Tail internal frame backpack. We also switched using packs for our return trip back to the trail head so we could each get a feel for the two different packs. I took the Zion Pack on the way in and the Red Tail pack on the way out and vice versa for Dallen. Both packs where great, however push come to shove both Dallen and I would be fighting for the internal frame Red Tail pack on our next backpacking trip.

Dallen with a Brook Trout he caught out of a stream in Stough Creek Basin.

A beautiful dark colored Brook trout Dallen caught on a fly in a stream between lakes in the Stough Creek Basin.

A beautiful Cuthroat Trout in Stough Creek Basin.

I had filled Dallen's head full of stories of catching Golden Trout in the Wind Rivers in my youth near the Valentine Lakes. He thought he had one when he caught this beautiful golden colored Cutthroat Trout.

Although the external frame Zion backpack was still a nice pack. Where the external frame Zion pack really shines for me is on my Pack Wheel hiking cart. This backpack is sized very nicely to strap it to the top of the Pack Wheel and wheel my gear along the trail. Unfortunately on our Wind River trip we could not use the Pack Wheel because of the restrictions for the use of a wheel in a Wilderness Area.

I have always been a external frame pack user and I have to admit this Red Tail internal frame won me over for backpacking with a internal frame, they are very comfortable. The pack is wonderfully comfortable and I had no trouble with it working with my large 6' 7" height and my long torso length. Some of the coolest features of the Red Tail pack was the removable external pouches on the pack that convert into a small day pack and a large fanny pack. These smaller removable packs worked great for our day excursions to go out and fish the many lakes and streams in the Stough Creek basin.

Another piece of equipment that made our life more comfortable on the trip was our Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3 tent. It rained on us a couple of times during the nights and I was amazed and how breathable the tent was. I fully expected when I woke in the morning to have oodles of built up condensation on the top and sides of the tent. Come morning I found no condensation. I also didn't have a wet toe area of my sleeping bag from rubbing against the side of the tent like I normally would with a lot of moisture in the air. I like the dual doors and dual vestibules to place our gear safely out of the rain. Not only is it a cool looking tent it also was light and very functional for us.

We took two ThermaCELL mosquito repellant devices. I love these things. Although many of the boys received a many mosquito bites trying to keep up with deet, I don't think I received a single bite for the trip. I did have a ThermaCELL with me and running most of the time. Unfortunately one of the ThermaCELLs would not run at this high altitude but it works fine back at 5,000 ft area where I live. This is the only complaint that I have with ThermaCELLs, I wished they worked better at higher altitudes and I have thrown away probably around four of them that would not work at even 5,000 ft in elevation.

One thing that was somewhat of a disappointment was that we saw several other groups of people in the basin. From stories of the area we heard from others, we thought that we might have the basin to ourselves. It wasn't a problem as there was plenty of room and lakes to choose from to fish at. It just wasn't as "secret" as we thought it might be.

Dallen and I had a great trip. Lots of great fishing, beautiful scenery and great exercise. We were also able to get some much needed exercise to help us prepare for my Utah Limited Entry Wasatch Archery Elk tag that I have coming up next month.

Panorama of going over the pass with the Wind River Peak in the background.

Dallen sitting in the sitting on a rock looking out at Wind River peak as we reach the 10,600 foot mark in elevation and start dropping off into the Stough Creek Basin on the other side.

Panorama of Stough Creek Basin in the Wind Rivers

Here is a panorama showing a fair amount of the Stough Creek Basin and some of the many lakes that are found in this basin.

Panorama of Stough Creek Lake in the Wind Rivers

This is the lake that we camped at in the Stough Creek Basin. If you look real close you can see a blue tent in the cliffs above the lake. This is Patterson's tent, one of the other leaders in our group of young men going in on this trip. Our Chaos 3 tent is out of view to the right of this blue tent.

Dallen hiking with a Alps Mountaineering Zion backpack

Dallen and I getting ready to hike out of the Stough Creek Basin.

Dallen with a Brook Trout he caught with a Jake's lure.

Dallen hiking through the pines with an Alps Zion backpack. Dallen and I getting ready to hike out of the basin. Dallen showing off a Brook Trout he caught with a Jake's lure.

Sunset in Stough Creek of the Wind Rivers

Wildflowers with a Stough Creek Basin Lake in the basin.

Mule Deer doe in the Stough Creek Basin

A sunset over one of the Stough Creek lakes. Wildflowers with one of the Stough Creek lakes in the background. No adventure of mine is complete without finding a big game animal like this Mule Deer doe we found while out fishing.

Dallen looking across at Wind River Peak

Black Rosy Finch in Stough Creek Basin

Alps Mountaineering Zion External Frame Backpack

After making it to the 10,600 foot pass Dallen stops to take a breather and admire the amazing landscape of the Wind Rivers. I found a bird I have never seen before, a Black Rosy Finch. Apparently they like to live above timberline in the Wind Rivers. Dropping the pack for a breather on the way off the mountain.

 

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