WYO! or Oh Why?

WYO! or Oh Why?

Joined: April 14th, 2010, 3:52 am

August 3rd, 2010, 4:03 am #1

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
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Joined: January 15th, 2008, 6:19 am

August 3rd, 2010, 4:20 am #2

Being from Preston I've been over in that area a lot but I've never been climbing there. I've always wanted to though!
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Joined: April 14th, 2010, 3:52 am

August 6th, 2010, 1:35 am #3

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
An immediate revisit to Trail Fork in the Salt River Range was compelling for at least 2 reasons: first, to claim an unclaimed summit; but also to understand the tragedy that claimed 3 lives here in 2008.


The summit of Trail Fork Hogback 10200'+ (prom 700') showed no sign of previous visitors on this 8/5/10. View N to Dry Creek Hogback 10267' (also NSPSV there on 11/7/99). On right Mt Fitzpatrick and subordinates are like cresting waves ready to crash.


With its colorful band of Wells Formation sandstone Trail Fork Hogback is the centerpiece of upper TF Canyon.

More and more, memorials to fallen loved ones are turning up in the mountains.

This one in Trail Fork Canyon is at the runout of an avalanche chute off the 10138' Needle.
Let's see... snowmachine.... avalanche... it's not too hard to figure out what happened.


Trailside wood carved memorial to the fallen three: Jensen, Bennett, Steed.

Dream as if you'll live forever
Live as if you only have today
<i></i> Epitaph**
Kim S. Steed
1956-2008
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Joined: April 14th, 2010, 3:52 am

August 9th, 2010, 1:48 am #4

Anybody ever read this book or see the movie? It's about ski racer Jill Kinmont and how she turned tragedy into triumph.

'Corrow' 10315' (prom 575') is on the other side of the Salt River Range.

Go up the Greys River Road 45 miles, then up Corral Creek and the Way Trail. This peak is on the Corral-Crow divide.


From the uncairned Corrow summit, this view is NNW to the normally reclusive, now bold, 10907' Mt Fitzpatrick. Looking west, the Portneuf Range in Idaho can also be seen.

Greys River is one of the more accessible and scenic wild rivers of Wyoming (and America).
Don't miss it!

Greys River as it leaves the elk feeding grounds of Forest Park. View S to Wyoming Range. Several interesting peaks line up here, including 11032' Menace, and Roaring 10982'.
All photos 8/8/10.
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August 12th, 2010, 1:33 am #5

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
Near the top of the list for hard bodied outdoor achievement stand the surveyors who marked the boundaries of our states. One of the most challenging was the random line of Wyoming's western border with Idaho. This work was performed expertly by Alonzo V Richards and crew in 1874.

In honor of A.V. Richards (1841-1891), a native of Wisconsin and a Civil War veteran:

Richards Peak 9660' in the Snake River Range is right on the ID-WY line.


From the summit of Brad Peak, on the west end of the so called Greysnake Ridge, this view looks W to the state line at Alpine,WY, and the Palisades Reservoir in Idaho. Caribou Range peaks in background: Middle Elk 9285' and Big Elk 9476'.


From the ID-WY line this is a back azimuth sighting to Brad el 8959' (prom 1100'). The Palisades Reservoir is at 72% capacity. Often at this time of year this upper section is a mud flat.


This view across the Grand Canyon of the Snake to Ferry Peak 9612', just inside Wyoming, shows some of the rough landslide topography encountered in the Snake River Range.

Photo #1 9/3/08. All others 8/11/10.
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August 22nd, 2010, 2:56 am #6

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
Distinctive Red Top Mountain 10411' is a landmark in the southern Salt River Range.

It was occupied for triangulation by Bannon-Robertson in 1907.

A mile plus north is a cliff rimmed overthrust summit that in itself makes an interesting objective.

An approach from the east (up North Cottonwood Creek) by way of a still partly frozen 9200' tarn takes advantage of a tiny but steep break in the cliff band. The lush green of wildflowers, a hallmark of the Salt River Range, is known as a 'tall forbs' community.


View N to 'Mount Forbs' 10380' (prom 400'). Incredibly, near this spot I heard voices. Two Peruvian sheepherders had climbed up here to keep an eye on their flock of 2000 head down below.

4' high tall forbs make for crummy bushwhacking. Going uphill expect bouquets of flowers to be thrust in your face. One benefit of hungry sheep actually makes for improved cross country travel. Stands of cow parsnip, in particular, are the hiker's bane. This plant must be a delicacy for the woolies, as they will devour all of it first, and in the process tramp down a trail for the appreciative foot traveler.


From the 10380' summit there's a good cross section view of Salt River Range. Here we're looking NW toward Star Valley and on to Caribou Mtn in Idaho.
Other than our guest worker friends things looked pretty untouched up here.

All photos Aug 21,2010
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September 5th, 2010, 5:48 pm #7

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
Named for Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842), working partner of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company, Hunt and party, in 1810-12, made the next cross-continent overland crossing after Lewis & Clark. In 1811 their route passed by the Tetons (their Pilot Knobs) and they floated a substantial stretch of Snake River (Canoe River) in Idaho- St Anthony to Milner.

In 1929 Grand Teton Park climbing ranger Fritiof Fryxell (1900-1986) named 10783' Mount Hunt and found a cairn but no register on the summit.

In 'Teton Skiing' author Tom Turiano described the visual temptation of Mt Hunt as seen from Jackson Hole Ski Resort. In the early 1970's, gutsy backcountry skiers, some adopting the name 'Alpine Liberation Army', pioneered Hunt's steep S & SE slopes. Turiano's 1995 freeheel descent, Double Hourglass, dropped off the north side into Open Canyon.


View W toward Mount Hunt from near 9710' Mt Hunt Divide. The Bonney guidebook called this southern section of Teton Range 'The Gabled Peaks'. I like that name.

Starting from Death Canyon trailhead (White Grass) it's a 17 mile round trip to Mt Hunt. Elevation gain/loss 5500'. Best to bring along your cardiofiscular vastness.


From the summit of Mt Hunt, view NW to head of Open Canyon with Coyote Lake, Murphy Pk, Tukuarika Pk.
Here the mountain tops are composed of Mississippian limestone, just like the Lost River Range. In the Tetons note how this limestone overlays the ever present igneous gneiss and granite of the Teton Batholith.


From Mt Hunt's summit, view N over flank of Prospectors Mountain to Grand Teton with Middle Teton on left.

All photos Sept 4, 2010
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September 27th, 2010, 5:06 pm #8

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
Only a bushwhack-bashing, limestone-loving, indiscriminate peak collector could appreciate this. But first, the setting:

Strawberry Creek in the north-central section of Salt River Range is known for its sparkling pure water. Encircling this drainage are 11 peaks ranging in elevation from 9450' to 10326', their summits being relatively challenging to attain.
The peak bagger's reward at day's end includes a draught of crystal clear spring fed water from Strawberry Creek.


West Haystack (Bedford Peak) 9620'~ was my completion summit of the Strawberry Eleven.
View E from Bedford, WY.


From the summit of West Haystack the view is W to Star Valley and the communities of Thayne, Freedom, and Star Valley Ranch.
No sign of prior summit visitation on this 9/26/10.
In middle distance: Caribou Range and Caribou Mountain in Idaho.


From W Haystack, view E to Haystack 10108' and its NW face.
Haystack was an unoccupied USGS triangulation station from 1907. Did the surveyors fudge, and not climb this steep one?
In March 1998 Tom Turiano and party made their first ski descent of Haystack via its NW face.


From W Haystack, view NE to Lost Man Peak 10081' on the main Salt crest. NSPSV on 6/21/00.


View SE across Strawberry Creek to Thayne Peak 9743'. NSPSV there on 7/20/07.

All photos on a sultry Sept 26, 2010
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September 28th, 2010, 7:53 pm #9

Wyoming on a Boise and Idaho centered forum?
Yes, and here's why:

* Many of you enjoy the Wyoming mountains, whether you yet know it or not.

* Wyoming mountains are scenic and photogenic.

* Today's feature, the Salt River Range, just like the southeastern Idaho mountains, is a sedimentary Overthrust Belt range- only higher, steeper, and wilder.

* The Salt River Range is less than 10 miles from Idaho's eastern boundary, and is 100-125 miles from my driveway. We're still in Snake River country.

* The peaks of the Salt River Range need exploration. Only 4 are profiled on Summitpost, yet there are over 50 of them out there. Earliest ascents may still await on a couple.

Today's peaks, 'The Thread' 10556' (prom 376') and 'The Needle' (prom 600') were approached from Cottonwood Creek, east of Smoot. This is southern Salt River Range.


'Thread' is on the main Salt crest. Reaching this summit involved threading up, down, around, and through cliff bands.


Thread summit view N along spine of the Salts. L to R: Afton Town Peak, Corral Creek Hogback, Rock Lake Peak, Mt Fitzpatrick 10907' (range highpoint). On left horizon, Caribou Range in Idaho.


View S to Needle. From Trail Fork, Needle and Thread go together well.


Approach to Needle. View SW. The 'Eye of the Needle' ridgeline on left will go, but just.
NSPSV on 8/2/10.
This little game started up the draw of Poker Hollow, moved over to Poker Creek, and took a year to finish. All the while, holding cards close to the vest, a sharp eye was kept on the shifting human history and geography that played out across the table in this southernmost section of Salt River Range, western Wyoming.


BLUFF 10074' is on the Columbia-Great Basin Divide. On left: the head of Salt River, Columbia River system.
To the right is Smith Fork drainage in the Great Basin. Down along Smith Fork passed a portion of 'South Pass and Honey Lake Wagon Road', aka Lander Emigrant Road. Constructed in 1857-58 under direction of Frederick W Lander, this was the federal government's first foray into public highways.
View N to Bluff. NSPSV there on this 7/13/08.


View N to CALL 9928'. On right: the most visible peak in southern Salts is Mount Wagner 10709'. William H Wagner, Chief Engineer, was the able topographer and mapmaker of the Lander Road project. On left: Webster Range in Idaho.


View W to RAISE 10149', highest of the 3 Poker Hollow peaks. Shown is a typical east facing overthrust cliff found throughout these mountains.
Cairn placed 7/26/09.


HOLD 'EM 10065', near the head of Poker Creek, is the second highest Wyoming summit wholly within the Great Basin.
View NE to Wyoming Pk and Mt Coffin.
Sandstone cairn etched and placed 8/19/08.
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September 29th, 2010, 1:19 am #10

Rick:
Your etched sandstone cairn reminded me of our trip to N. Cabin Peak (El 11,163') in the White Knobs. We arrived to find no cairn and we had no pen (and probably no paper) to record our visit. Pat broke out the Swiss army knife and started carving:

Our record fit nicely in a film cannister-sized container.

-George
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