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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: https://andrewskurka.com/adventures/wind-river-high-route/
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,
PS I'm also going to post a thread on Whiteblaze