The adventure continues. Blogging this because I love it.
We fully planned on being up before sunrise the first day at Big Sandy. Didn’t happen. Really stiff. Everyone did eventually roll out of their tents. We ate breakfast and planned the day. Strait up to the Cirque. Half of us planned on staying up and exploring that area. I wish I had stayed… but there are no real regrets. Just being there was amazing.
Rested & fed… We’re off!
You can see the pass here. From Big Sandy to North Lake. North Lake absolutely rocked. The sign had seen better years. Adds to the coolness.
Another photo of Schiestler Peak. You can click on these for larger images.
Along Jackass Pass.
The initial climb was mostly worn trail. Easy. Then the trail became, well, disappeared.
Being there is no visible trail with large rocks and boulders everywhere you have too watch for cairns, or trail markers. I had no idea what they were at first. Just thought some hikers had a lot of time on their hands. #cityboy
Anyways, it got a lot harder. Climb, hop, stretch. My Salomon boots were absolute winners.
I don’t know what flowers there were but they were everywhere. Really, this was the second week of August and it looked and felt like spring.
The “trail” then got rough. It went on like this for some time. Until we hit North Lake.
A big blessing was the permanent snow. I don’t think it ever totally melts away. I could hear running water beneath it which had an immediate effect on how I walked. Gingerly is the word.
This is where it got really cool. Lots of tiny Christmas Trees. We were nearing the timberline. My heart rate never dropped below 200. I am sure. It was all fresh & clear up there.
The following picture is I believe War Bonnet Peak.
We arrived at Arrowhead Lake which is just before the climb of death. (my name for it… about a 400 ft climb at about a 45 degree incline. Serious cardio.) Here we mapped our direction, drank water, and rested a moment. You can’t drink while gasping for air.
The lake was beautiful & desolate. Surrounded by rock & snow.
Again, the snow was so cool.
We began a serious ascent to the pass. It started just after Arrowhead Lake.
Bryan & I stopped more than once on the way up. It was brutal.
The reward was so worth the effort. Below is the Cirque of the Towers and Lonesome Lake. I had no idea at the time. Just on the other side of the Cirque are maybe 5 other lakes. It just goes on & on.
Saved for the visit. My wife snuck this into my boot before I flew out. :)
I could have stayed there all day.
Doug, Bryan, & I stayed for about thirty minutes and began our descent to Big Sandy. We would have stayed longer but were concerned about losing daylight.
I’ll leave with that. I thought I could blog the entire trip but there will be a third post on Wyoming.
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Have to quote this again:
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.