Wind River Range, WY

September 13, 2010

Morning brought glacial erratics (or the last ice age did) and even more excellent light.


(That’s no small rock made to look big with some fancy depth of field trick.  That’s a legitimate Volkswagen balanced up there.)

We quickly hoofed it the last few hundred feet up the pass for an eagle eye view of the headwaters of the Green River.  The very first lakes in a nearly 750 mile long river.

peak lake

up high

We reached the top of the pass, and said goodbye to the last vestige of the winter of 09/10.

winter's coming

We descended quickly, and found our way into some of the best trout fishing of the trip.  Honestly, you could stick your pinky finger in and pull out a Cut Throat with it.

trouty here

And so we did, fish after fish.



We promptly got back to the trail, and put in a solid 13 mile day, over the popular Freemont creek and Titcomb basin areas.


And quickly setup a camp that was prime for trout smoking, just beyond Lester Pass.


A feast of trout and…


…corn cakes, ensued.

corn cakes

Tank dug it.


A day of cloudy weather, forest trudging, stream crossings was to follow.  The camera spent much of the day in the dry bag, but as we neared our next camp the sun came back out, and we treated Anderson to one of the most elaborate backcountry birthdays ever to be procured.  Salmon, couscous (the rice so nice they named it twice, thanks Dwyer), sun dried tomatoes, and Parmesan topped the menu.


Anderson was a happy camper.  Literally and figuratively.

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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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