In the morning it took us about another 2 hours driving to get to the trail head. Walking out yesterday I must have passed at least 100 people hiking in to Big Sandy Lake or the Cirque, including at least one group of a dozen or so in matching shirts, like some kind of uniform. The apparent suicide of a young Arapaho on sacred ground shocks the populace of the Wind River Reservation. There are approximately eight other routes from 5. A young woman is found brutally murdered.
The parking lot was filled, maybe 50 to 70 cars. This was my first trip into the Cirque and it is stunning! It takes a historical look at Wind River Country, including some black-and-white photos and tales of wild horses, Native Americans, wildlife, mountain men, and early pioneers. The Arapahos of the Wind River Reservation speak of Ghost Walkers —tormented souls caught between the earth and the spirit world who are capable of anything. It is an internationally known climbing area with many quality routes. Sucking out of streams with the Life Straw was a much needed boost in morale as darkness came once again and we found ourselves running low on energy, conversation, and stoke.
Cirque of the Towers as seen from just below Jackass Pass. There, a sign will point to Jackass Pass. My favorite places are the North Cascades and the Olympic Coast. In the Cirque, most backpackers and fishermen camp closer to Lonesome Lake on the southern shores, but with the bad water in the lake and the distance to the climbs, this is pointless for climbers. By Rupert Weeks Fox receives some beautiful beads from Rock.
None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. Our only real delay this day was when we topped out Pingora at 4:30am it started to rain pretty hard, which did not work with our strategy at all. It is the large mountain to the right as you are hiking north through Jackass Pass. What You See in Clear Water tells the story of this epic struggle, shedding light on the ongoing conflict over water rights in the American West. But through it all, he has remained true to himself and his family.
Thank you all for your business and support. For those of you interested in purchasing any of the award-winning titles created by First Ascent Press, I have included some links in the side bar to the left. By John Washakie, Wind River Country resident Yuse, a Shoshone boy becoming a young man, feels he is ready for a trip alone across the mountains to visit relatives. I'm currently offering photography classes in Bellingham, Burlington and Marysville as well as doing photo tours. Accessing the Cirque of the Towers Access from the western side of the Wind River Range is via Big Sandy Trailhead. The Big Sandy parking area was packed, 50-60 vehicles. It describes outlaw legends like Butch Cassidy and covers the cowboy and dude-ranch lifestyles of this part of Wyoming to modern day.
On November 16, 2009 First Ascent Press went through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Court in historic uptown Butte, Montana. These are just a few of the peaks in the Cirque of the Towers. We were lost for a while too. The hike is about 6 miles, starting at an elevation of 9,000 feet and gaining only about 600 feet along the way. For over an hour the muscle tissue deep below my skin was cold to the touch. What's the general wisdom on trying to run a trip here in early summer? The Cirque offers spectacular scenery for and opportunities for those who want to test their endurance and go vertical. The only sounds that fill your ears are the wind, creaking boards, and the gravel under your boots.
No camping is allowed within a quarter-mile of Lonesome Lake. Switchback up a few hundred feet until reaching the entrance the pass. And they had to make two trips to hump all the climbing gear out! Others include: Camels Hump, Skunk Knob, Bollinger Peak, Block Tower, Elizabeth Peak, and the Watchtower. Turn left east , following the sign to Big Sandy. The guide made it clear that the Cirque was the premiere destination for rock climbers in the Rockies and that it would be full of people, but the images I had seen captivated me.
On the way marmots and pika scurried through rocky areas, but the pika were too elusive for me to photograph. For all, there is a new 2008 guide book to the Cirque of the Towers and Deep Lake by Steve Bechtel:. Our next travel day we headed back to Big Sandy, and then up the trail to Jackass Pass and the Cirque. We woke to more rain and clouds, but by 8 am the sky was blue and the weather was again splitter. After the descent, the trail will head up and to the right.