Wind River High Route- Skurka Version

7:01 a.m. on July 10, 2018 (EDT)
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Hi all,

I've talked to some of you regarding a Wind River High Route Trip for 2019 and I still want to do that. I'm also planning to go this year too and was initially considering an alternate High Route (the Alan Dixon version) or a section of the Skurka version. But I'd like to go ahead and throw this out and see if there is any interest for this year as I have the time off to use from work.

My dates aren’t set yet, I can adjust if needed, but I’d rather not risk early-season snow by starting too late. I'm thinking late August to start.

Ideally, I’d like to find someone with the wherewithal to do this solo but who simply wants a partner for safety (that’s my situation and mindset). Here is the “about” page from Skurka’s website:

This will likely be the most difficult trip I’ve ever done with 65 miles off-trail ( 97 miles total) and over 30,000 vertical feet of climbing (but I expect, also the most rewarding). I estimate 10 days on-trail with no resupply, but given the nature of this endeavor it could go shorter  (in the case of a bail-out) or longer (for various reasons).  If you’ve already planned to do this then you know this won’t be a blissful, mindless, mile-crunching hike: it will have some stress about it with constant route-finding, navigation checks, weather watching, speed and distance calculations, etc… I’m also ready to fail and bail if needed. After all, it is a recreational outing and not do or die. :)

Send me a private message if interested,

Happy Trails,


PS I'm also going to post a thread on Whiteblaze

3:18 p.m. on July 10, 2018 (EDT)
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I would've been your huckleberry 30 years ago, but I don't think I now can haul my rocking chair up ALL of that XC incline.  I hope you chase this project, it is a worthy milestone accomplishment.


7:08 a.m. on July 11, 2018 (EDT)
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Thanks Ed, no doubt this is a big trip and grand adventure for me...I've never set my sights on one like this before. It should be a fun and memorable attempt even if I have to bail out or skip something.

10:50 a.m. on July 11, 2018 (EDT)
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I am looking forward to hearing about this one, and hopefully joining you out there in the future!  That may be my next big walk to focus on and keep me in shape! 

3:47 p.m. on July 11, 2018 (EDT)
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Because of all the snow in the high country, I have decided to take a part time job, so I will be working 3-4 days a week, on weekends Fri-Mondays thru mid October. I took a job at a supermarket butcher shop. So I won't be able to join you. 

There is lots of snow above 9000 feet from the above average snow fall here last winter. This view of Rendezvous Peak (10,927') in the Teton Range just south of the top of the tram I took last week.

36889538_1661544803959861_12467745759082The basin in front of the peak is 9400'

4:49 p.m. on July 11, 2018 (EDT)
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Thanks for letting me know Gary. If I wind up staying in Jackson at any point I'll send you a message. 

It's funny, based on what I've read, there are parts of this route where the snow would be beneficial to avoid talus and other parts where it could turn a pass from a backpacking route to a mountaineering route. 

I've gotten one contact with interest so far from Whiteblaze! We shall see.......

9:37 p.m. on July 11, 2018 (EDT)
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The Winds are famous for many things including seclusion, great views, lakes, mosquitoes and crummy weather.  I think you know what you are sigining up for Patman.  Not many can keep up with you.  Depending on the month and year you might need an ice axe and crampons. 

10:14 a.m. on July 14, 2018 (EDT)
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PM sent to your inbox, Patman...

4:04 p.m. on July 14, 2018 (EDT)
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No PM sent to your inbox Patman :)

I like your plan. Knock out the master level high route this year and maybe we'll aim a bit lower on the pain scale if we try to put together a group thing next year. Don't think I could carry enough food up that first climb to last me as long as it would take me to make it to the final descent heh.

7:58 a.m. on July 16, 2018 (EDT)
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ppine, yes I'm for sure bringing traction since lack of such could turn you around at any point. unless something changes, I will probably not bring an ice axe


lol, I understand, this will be a tremendous amount of work no matter how it goes, even the bail-outs are difficult endeavors since its a full days hike out of the center of the range from about any point. 

You bring up a good point on pack/ food weight and that's something I hope to have completely worked out before this week is over. Skurka estimates that a strong hiker can finish the route in 7-10 days, but I want to bring 10 days of food if I can, just to be conservative and not go too hungry if I'm delayed. That's a big food load to haul up and over the first summit (I'm planning a northbound route so the first climb is Wind River Peak (13K) at 7,900 feet of gain in 17 miles from Bruce Bridge ) and the next few passes. By 30 miles in will also have to climb Jackass Pass (1506 gain) and New York Pass (1323 gain) so it is a significant factor. I certainly don't look forward to going down the West Gully of Wind River peak with a heavy pack on all that loose rock.

I usually don't eat of lot of dehydrated stuff but I don't see a way around it. Trying to resupply mid-route with pack animal service is really expensive and logistically difficult. I may lose some weight on this trip. :)

July 16, 2018
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