Wind River Range, WY

September 13, 2010

We up and at’em’ed early the next morning, and crossed one of many bridges, back and forth over the Green.

making paul bunyon proud

Our day started in the flats, but we couldn’t mosey for too long.  For we had to climb up and over Vista Pass, nearly 3K feet above camp, and 10,000 feet in elevation.

We were in good spirits, and quickly ticked the miles off with smiles and alaska stories.


We even had some time for Tank’s face shot.

another kind of faceshot

Climbing, and climbing, we neared the pass, up choss and granite of the Wind Rivers.

rock not ice

We raced past treeline, and made quick work of some alpine meadows.

up high

{Sticker product placement.  Get ’em while they’re hot.}


We made it close to the top of Cube Rock pass, and decided the trout looked hungry for our flies, and set up camp, close to the top the 11,400 foot pass.

coming in hot

Anderson quickly set up the Backcountry ‘Guac factory and we settled in for one the better sunset showings I’ve seen.


The light was setting up everywhere.

peak lake

With skiffs of snow joining the party.


Arrowhead peak.


Chicken taco intermission.

tacos, tasty, so fresh

Whooper mowed his tacos right over.


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  1. Greg
    wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 9:28 am  

    Holy cow that is incredible Port! I knew you were out on quite a trip… can’t believe how much of a trip it was. Can’t wait for the continuation of the series. Let me work something up here in FIS Organization Committee to tie this series together for ya!

    Only question: Did you know you and KC are going to be nanopuff pals now?

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 7:31 pm  

      Nano poofs? That’s the Quebecois pronunciation.

      We’ve got upcoming posts queued up about Flaming Gorge, Vernal/Dinosaur, and Canyonlands NP. Get your reading glasses out, it’s going to be good times.

  2. K_C
    wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 9:44 am  

    Porter you stole my green nanopuff!

    I will forgive you though as it obviously went to good use on this excellent adventure.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 7:32 pm  

      Apology accepted. :) We’ll just have to do some green puff powder 8s this winter.

  3. Talbert
    wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am  

    Wow Porter, what a killer trip. Those trout looked delicious, and you did an awesome job with some of those pics some of the color contrasts are stunning.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

      We neglected to bring any tin foil. The only way we could figure out how to cook those boys without charing them, or tyng them to a mini-spit, was to smoke them over the pine bows. It worked pretty well, and attached a nice smoky taste too!

  4. christian
    wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 7:05 pm  

    the color of that lake at the top of page 4 is mind-bottling.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on September 14th, 2010 at 7:30 pm  

      They don’t call it the Green River for nothing!

  5. powhounddd
    wrote on September 16th, 2010 at 8:36 pm  
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