Into the Winds: A Hundred-Mile Traverse of Wyoming’s Wind River Range


I often think of the time I spent in the Wind River mountain range in the autumn of 1982. I was a student at NOLS — the National Outdoor Leadership School, based in Lander, Wyoming. I was 25, then, and was attending the Fall Semester in the Rockies course along with eleven other students. Carrying heavy packs, we spent our first six weeks learning wilderness safety and practicing the Leave No Trace Principles. Decades later, I saw an alumni service trip in a NOLS course catalog. I signed on for a week of trail work and bridge reconstruction. That experience whetted my appetite for more. In 2015, I summoned my NOLS skills for a solo hike of the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada. And before I’d finished storing my gear back home, I was planning my next hike. For this hike, however, Daniel, a soccer teammate of mine and novice backpacker, would join me. His enthusiasm reminded me of my own some 34 years earlier. It seemed fitting he was born precisely when I was attending my NOLS semester. In mid August 2016, we traveled from our home state of Maine to the place where I first met the high country. The Wind River Range, south of Yellowstone National Park and part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, stretches for more than 100 miles in a spur of the Rocky Mountains that is home to two national forests and three wilderness areas. The Continental Divide slashes across the state following the spine of the Winds and includes Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming at 13,804’. The legendary Continental Divide Trail, which runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border, tracks mainly to the west of the geographic divide as it weaves through the Winds. With a generous budget of twelve hiking days, I customized a popular Wind River High Route by accessing the Winds from the east side of the range. Starting near Lander and finishing near Dubois, we would cross the Divide four times and climb seven high passes with Blaurock Pass near Gannet Peak the highest at 12,800’. We camped a night in the Lander city park and shuttled our car the next morning to our exit trailhead. Just after lunch, with storm clouds threatening, we began our trek at the Middle Fork trailhead. During the planning of the hike, I made sure to craft a route to take us over the bridge I had helped to build. I was happy to see that after four years our puncheon bridge was holding up well. Roughly 45% of our journey would be off trail, but from our entry trailhead to the Cirque of the Towers, where we planned to camp our second night, it’s approximately 20 miles, and 3000 feet of elevation gain on a well-maintained trail. For most of the gradual climb, we hiked in obscured views. TIM: “That was a tough day.” TIM: “So tomorrow we do Texas Pass… …with pretty heavy packs.” DANIEL: “We’re hoping tomorrow is going to clear up… … and that we’ll have a clear day… …to be able to see everything around.” Though seeing occasional paths and cairns, we followed no real trail as we climbed Texas Pass in the welcomed sunshine. Views of Pingora Peak, considered one of North America’s classic climbs, dominated the ascent. Though sometimes steep and often slippery in loose gravel, there is a fairly well-defined trail coming down Texas Pass from the south. By the time we crossed Washakie Creek and soothed some sore feet, the day was getting late. We set up camp at Pyramid Lake in time to enjoy our first glimpse of a clear night sky. That morning we headed north toward East Fork Valley and Raid Pass. We soon met up with a solo hiker named Eric, also from Maine, who was nearing the final section of his 60-day Winds wandering. ERIC: “I just come down the pass and I see you guys pop out of the bushes. You must have just been leaving camp. And we start talking a little bit and somehow we discover that we live basically next door, as far as the country goes. Couldn’t get much closer. And we seem to have a bit of, you know, connection. We were chattin’ for a while, and I was like We’re goin’ in the same direction. Let’s just keep movin’. And, then, here we are.” The climb up Raid Pass from the valley was slow going, with plenty of talus to navigate. It would prove to be good practice for the difficult passes to come. I was already concerned about Blaurock Pass 45 miles ahead, which my research had shown would be the longest and most challenging climb. By then, we would be committed, with no easy bailout options. DANIEL:”So far, so good.” We also needed luck with the weather. DANIEL:”Ah! That was cold!” By now we had hiked roughly 35 miles and had learned that on good, level trails we could travel about 2.5 miles in an hour, but for off-trail route finding, boulder hopping, and bushwhacking, we could only count on one mile per hour. After breakfast, Eric helped us review our detailed topo map of the day’s proposed route. We were a little behind what I had planned, but luckily I had allowed an extra day as buffer in our schedule. After descending Bonneville Pass, we stopped for lunch next to a fishing hole between Lee and Middle Fork Lakes. I think this might have been the smallest one there. Shortly after lunch break, Eric slipped on a brush-covered rock and took a nasty fall. An experienced hiker, he carried a well-equipped first aid kit, and was soon hiking again. ERIC:”Just like that?” TIM:”Yea.” ERIC: “Neatness counts, right?” TIM: “Yup!” ERIC: “That way, when I run into the hot hiker babes, they’ll be like, ‘Ah! Look! He can even bandage himself neatly!'” The memory of Eric’s tumble kept us vigilant in choosing our steps the rest of the trip. ERIC: “Today, I’m going to hike with you guys for about half the day. We’ll stop at Europe Lake and I’ve got to pick up my resupply, so I’m stoppin’. And you’ll continue on past Long Lake—beautiful place.” ERIC: “I really like backpacking. I like the feeling of independence and doing it all yourself and carrying everything that you want and need. The people out here are really nice, they’re pretty serious, they know what they’re doin’, and they really want to be here. Anybody who comes here here has to make an effort to get here. And the Winds, seems to me, like the epitome of wilderness backpacking out West.” After lunch, we said goodbye to Eric, and headed north past Long Lake toward Hay Pass and on to Dennis Lake where we planned to stop for the night. DANIEL: “It’s been a long day—about a 9-mile trek. Up and down…multiple blisters…pain, but the location is just amazing.” Though seldom seen, grizzlies and black bears are known to roam the Winds. As recommended, we each carried a can of bear spray. DANIEL: “So I lost my bear spray yesterday. Hopefully a bear doesn’t maul me, but Tim’s going to defend me.” Now, we were down to one. The treeless, open basin allowed us to evaluate our best approach to the pass. Once in the talus, the micro route finding was much more tedious. Like Raid Pass, ascending Angel Pass was time consuming —and also, for me, very familiar. This is the one place I do remember visiting during my NOLS semester. 34 years earlier, I had clambered over these very rocks. DANIEL: “That was tricky.” TIM: “That WAS tricky.” I used online resources caltopo.com and Google Earth to plot our route. I then downloaded our track onto an iPhone GPS app and printed daily detailed topo maps. We also carried 1:48000-scale maps that gave us possible bail-out options if needed. TIM: “Do you have the map?” DANIEL: “I always have the map.” DANIEL: “I may lose the bear spray, but I’m not going to lose the map.” DANIEL: “We need to do yoga.” TIM: “Yeah, I know. I need to …. stand up.” DANIEL: “We’re the most inflexible people…” TIM: “So, we’re this far behind.” DANIEL: “Yep.” TIM: “So, I think we can make it past this, and get down into the…. right below the pass.” It hadn’t rained in six days, but that evening at Wall Lake, the weather pattern was changing as clouds were building and a cold wind picked up, though it didn’t rain that night. In the morning we made our way toward Island Lake. When we crested the saddle, we were met by another lone hiker. Dan was exploring the area on a day hike from his base camp at the popular Island Lake. We shared our plans to climb Indian Pass and he decided to join us as part of his day excursion. Island Lake lies at the foot of Titcomb Basin and I had tried to chose a route that would take us through there, but logistics dictated getting back to the east side of the divide, so Indian Pass made more sense. As we made our way through Indian Basin on the well-established trail, clouds grew thick and the western skies darkened. It was getting late in the afternoon, so with dubious weather approaching, we decided to retreat to a lower altitude, and Dan headed back for his camp at Island Lake. DANIEL: “We are looking for shelter, ’cause there’s a storm coming.” DANIEL: “But we really don’t know what happened to Dan right now… We don’t have a way of knowing. I mean, we assume he’s fine. Hopefully, he’s OK… and made it back to his tent. The squall passed and we were graced with a quiet sunset. 67 miles into our hike, we were headed back over the divide— committing ourselves to finishing our proposed route. TIM: “So today we’re headed up to Indian Pass.” And here we go! We’re at about 11,000 feet here, and then the pass is 12,200 (??). So we’ve got about 1200 feet to climb this morning in a very short distance. TIM: “Looks like a lot…of…rubble.” DANIEL: “Yea.” Traction devices on the textured ice were unnecessary, as we crossed the lower, relatively flat section of Knife Point Glacier. The route we took down to Bull Lake Creek Valley from Indian Pass was apparently the same route taken by horse-mounted Shoshone for centuries, though the glacier has receded significantly in recent times. Like the previous day, the clouds thickened in the afternoon. Anticipating the gentle snow would be short-lived, we decided to nap under some boulders to wait it out. Soon, the skies cleared and we weren’t the only creatures stirring. TIM: “Look at the cloud over that.” DANIEL: “Oh, cool!” DANIEL: “This is amazing!” Now at the base of Blaurock Pass, we needed the weather to cooperate. The clear night sky was a good sign. TIM: “I’ve been nervous about this thing the whole time. I mean, it’s a… it’s a beast. I think it’s a beast both ways, going up and down.” TIM: “This is our last big obstacle.” TIM: “Maybe we ought to just cut across… …go up that thing.” DANIEL: “Right through the middle? Climb that?” DANIEL: “This stuff is loose.” DANIEL: “Climbing over boulders and doing all that, really reminded me of when I was a kid, because my little sister and I used to climb every tree that you could see, you know, like roofs, and I loved doing it. And I haven’t done it in a long time, but there’s something about, like just propelling yourself above. You can just, kind of like, keep going because you can see that goal up there and you want to kind of make it happen.” DANIEL: “So that loose rock was pretty dicey?” TIM: “Yea, it seemed like, you know, if you pulled one rock out, it could just let ’em all out.” DANIEL: “We’re, like, 50 feet from the top. Ya see it?” TIM: “Yea” TIM: “You know it was fun making decisions together, because you would see something that I didn’t see, and sometimes I would see stuff you didn’t see and we would figure out the best way. And it worked out that way.” Relieved that the weather had held, we had made it to the highest elevation of our hike—12,800’. We were now 23 miles from our exit trailhead with more than a mile of altitude to lose, but after the scramble down Blaurock Pass to Dinwoody Creek, we would be on a well-travelled trail the remainder of our hike. DANIEL: “There’s a visual language to moving through a place like this. I feel like I have tools to know how to prepare, how to move through that space a little bit better, and how to actually, like, pace yourself. At nearly 60 years old, I’m still grateful for my semester at NOLS, and for the chance to pay forward that experience so many years later. I am going to die but probably not today. What shall I do with this wonderful news? One day the lights will go out, the engine room will grow cold and quiet, I’ll be surprised to realize that I’ve just exhaled for the last time, this will all come to pass, but probably not today, this newly excellent day. I’ve made mistakes, but none today. I have trespassed and been trespassed against, I’ve broken hearts and had mine broken, I have caused and felt all manner of difficulty, but today, so far, everything is more or less perfect and balanced and harmonious. What shall I do with this perfect day?

91 thoughts on “Into the Winds: A Hundred-Mile Traverse of Wyoming’s Wind River Range

  1. Hi Tim. This is by far the best video I've seen on YouTube. This could easily stand up to anything I've seen on PBS. So I have to ask a few questions which I hope you'll find interesting enough to answer. 🙂 1. Did you have the end result in mind from the start or did you just shoot a bunch of clips and piece them together? 2. Do you create content like this for a living? This seems professional. 3. Have you done voice over work? Your voice sounds familiar and again, professional. 4. If you would find it interesting would you be willing to make a video explaining your process for creating this film? I'd like to move from making boring videos to moderately interesting ones so I'm hoping you say yes to number 4. Either way, thanks for sharing and I hope to see more adventures in the future.

  2. I have subscribed, and i think a lot off people like me (who appreciate quality and entertaining video's) will soon follow as well. Thanks for sharing your adventure. 🙂

  3. Great job, fantastic journey, excellent narrative. Perfect. Thank you so much Tim.

  4. absolutely professional quality. thanks. i used to backpack in the late 1970s when i was a teen. Your JMT video took me back. im going to get back into backpacking again and this is very inspirational.

  5. This is an awesome video. I'm a fourth generation Fremont County native and I appreciate how you've showcased The Winds. It's a world-class range and you've done it justice.
    Keep up the good work, safe travels, and Powder River, let 'er buck!

  6. Love your videos!! I see in your videos you have a solar panel. Can you tell what you use to charge and how well it works for you in the backcountry?

  7. Another outstanding and inspirational video. Loved your JMT video. Did the same route last year. Amazing experience. The Winds are also a bucket list trip. I may just have to follow your route… Keep on backpacking and video taping. Hope the trail continues to call…

  8. A beautiful piece of work. Thanks for sharing a wonderful trip, and the story behind the story.

  9. wow what a wonderful video of your trip …felt like we were there with you!!

    what program do you use to edit and make your videos?? I would like to make one for myself in the future local hikes etc!! many thanks

  10. While in college I worked two summers (1969 & 70) for the USFS out of Dubois as a back country ranger. I have really fond memories of those summers. Thanks so much for the great video. The Winds are really special!

  11. Great video. Excellent work with the camera. Your narration was very well done, easy to listen to and follow along with. Great graphics showing your trail, your daily destinations and geographical locations marking. If any of that made sense?
    Basically, in my opinion, you did a wonderful job and it was easy for me to maintain my attention of your production!
    Congratulations on your accomplishment, your oportunity to re-live a great memory and your chance to pass it on to another, just as you mentioned. Maybe someday your freind will be able to also cary it forward.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and going through all of the extra efforts involved in making in possible!

  12. I've just watched this video on a Saturday morning (Aug 19, 2017) and had to leave a comment of course, how can I not? But before I wrote this comment, I decided to read the previous comments first.

    I agree with everyone! Technically and creatively a beautiful production at professional level indeed. However, I was surprised that hardly anyone talked about the content itself, or about this area, and about what was really shown in this video.

    And hardly anyone, if anyone, referred to anything in particular that was encountered on this journey, such as the animals, the bear threat, or the awesome effects of these spiky mountain tops reflected in the mirror like lakes below them. Are many people blind to the grandness of these mountains? How can you not see this, and how can you not say anything about this if you left a comment? But instead ask about the specs of this video production?

    Sorry, I need to rant a bit now, because this got me upset.

    When I read those comments, not only did they baffle me, but I felt bad for you, Tim because if I had been Tim, I would have felt that the entire essence of this video had gone over everybody's head, and I would have felt like a failure because I obviously must not have communicated the whole beauty and meaning of the adventure well enough, or people would have commented on that more.

    Rest assured, it did come across to me!

    When you read a good book, would your feedback also be like that? Asking questions about what software was used, how can I write a book at this level, or saying things like: your grammar was perfect, beautifully written! Although that last one is a compliment, it is also a slap in the face if you can't say anything about the story itself also.

    Yes, of course, you can ask tech questions, make comments on Tim's expertise, but acknowledge the content itself also, because that is what it is really about here!

    Now that I got that off my chest, here is my comment:

    I watched it because I really want to see these mountains, as I am planning a trip to Wyoming and I wanted to see the entire adventure in detail, to see if these mountains were really as beautiful as I've heard people say. I didn't expect that this video would turn out to be very meaningful in an almost spiritual kind of way. A nice touch and bonus, in my eyes.

    I truly loved every 12 days of this journey you took! And I also found the reason why you made this journey, really interesting. Isn't it remarkable that experiences from 40 years ago can have such a great impact on your life?

    I was constantly curious to see what would be on the other side of a pass or around the corner of a big boulder or mountain. I didn't know the Wind Range area was this desolate, and had this many lakes. I loved it! Truly spectacular!!!

    Because of your excellent photography and videography skills, you made this beautiful place even more special and in a way "accessible". I love how you did those long exposures of the starry filled night skies or of a set of storm clouds moving in, because for me it emphasized the ruggedness and desolation you were surrounded by. I am glad that for the most part you had good weather!

    What I also find so remarkable about this mountain range is that it has no roads, no shelters, no huts or houses. I am from the Netherlands and live in Florida, but spent many winters and summer holidays in the Alps. Also a range of stunningly beautiful mountains. But on any of my hikes there, I always saw some people, some little roads, tunnels, cabins (chalets) or a bunch of adorable cows with the bells around their necks. Not in these mountains, apparently. Pure wilderness, wildlife and a couple of brave hikers!

    I think I now like The Wind Range Mountains as much as I like the Alps, but I like the fact that it doesn't have any traces (apart from foot paths and an occasional wooden sign) of human development even better.

    I also love this high altitude "valley" with its lakes so much. This is where most of your hiking took place, right? I have a fear of heights, but thanks to your video, I can now judge if I'm able to do this hike also. I'm 95% sure I can and before watching this I didn't think I could do it. That last pass looks hairy though! Speaking of hairy, I loooooove all the photos and videos of the wildlife and especially that super cute video of the pika at the end. I didn't know they had pikas there, and I really loved those cute little animals. Too bad you didn't see any bears, though!

    What a fantastic and once-in-a-lifetime experience this entire journey must have been for you and your friend. And how remarkable that you met another hiker there, who was also from Maine. Beautiful video, beautiful mountains and beautifully presented! A perfect virtual travel video for me, with so much natural beauty, stillness and solitude!

    Thank you Tim, for sharing your journey with us. You did an amazing job and I admire you for climbing those big rocks and getting over that last pass! And thank your son for writing such beautiful music to compliment this remote environment of the video with. You must all be very special and gifted people.

  13. The story told by this video is as beautiful as its settings and artistry!

  14. Great film. I met Eric in August 2017 on the high line trail. Very nice fellow. I am also from Maine.

  15. Hah… good one. "Hot hiker babes…" Well, in all the miles I've put in, I've never come across any. course after four or five days of it, "hot" and "babe" take on alternative meanings I suppose.

  16. Wow! That was an incredible production! Your backcountry skills are off the chart!

  17. Well done video. I've been very curious to see more content on The Winds. Best one yet.

  18. I love that region. I used to work on a ranch in Dubois and on my days off I would wander the hills out there.. Take the car up Horsecreek Rd until I couldn't anymore and continue on foot…

  19. You hav set a high mark for backpacking videos. Great work from both of you. I won’t try another off-trail thru – trip again in the high alpine, but your story and revisiting the north leg of trip reawakened my interest in returning to the Winds for another trek. Thank you.

  20. Wow Tim. Just beautiful. Congrats! What an amazing trip. Thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to the Wind River Range.

  21. Great video. Love the Google Earth use with your hike route shown. Good about showing names of places as you go along. Yes, truly professional. Some pretty tough off-trail hiking and Boulder hopping. Thanks for sharing.

  22. This is the first video of yours that I have seen. Very good videos and photos. Your time-lapse videos are awesome. What Camera did you use for the time-lapse?

  23. What a wonderful video. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very inspiring. My brothers and I are planning a trip to the Winds this Coming August. Planning to hike northbound from Bruce’s Bridge near Lander to Trail Lakes / Glacier Trail Trailhead near Dubois. If I may ask, what mode of transportation did you use to shuttle back and forth to your vehicle?

  24. My second time watching this video and it's even more impressive. Quick question Tim, how long would you say it takes to plan a trip of this length? I am shooting for a JMT permit this August/September but so far no luck in the lottery (15 days left…fingers crossed). If I cannot do the JMT, the Wind River Range would be my go to place.

  25. Great job on the video and thanks for sharing! My brothers and I spent four days in The Winds during August 2013 (Island Lake/Titcomb Basin) and it is a truly an enchanting place.

  26. Tim your selection of music and calm narrative makes this video, along with your JMT trip, two of the best I've seen of the genre. Again well done.

  27. After leaving the car at the trailterminus how did you get to start point?

  28. Love your video and journey! What kind of map did you use? paper map or apps or guidebook? I'm coming this summer!

  29. One of the best backpacking edits I've ever watched, and especially since it's in my favorite place on the planet. May I ask what solar panels you were using?

  30. Outstanding video! I usually fast forward through hiking videos but was happy to watch this one in its entirety. Nice work. 👍🏻

  31. This is one of if not the best backpacking vids Ive ever seen. Commentary and map overviews were superb. Great job!

  32. What route would you recommend for beginner backpcking Wind River Range? Thanks,

  33. Really enjoyed your work on this video. I'm headed out to the Colorado Trail tomorrow and wanting to do some similar video work. Came online today to get some ideas of video construction and I really enjoyed your narration and story telling. There are a lot of trail videos out there, but this one really captures the experience well. Thank you for sharing!

  34. It was a pleasure meeting you at Photographer's Point on your recent trip. I knew I recognized the title of this video when you mentioned it. This was a big reason why my brothers and I did the hike we just did. Thanks for making this and having an impact. I hope your 8 day trip last week was a good one and good luck on the High Sierras.

  35. What a great video. This brought back memories of when I first backpacked in Yellowstone in 1977. I was 14 and had this huge heavy jansport aluminum framed backpack, thick heavy leather boots and great big down jacket lol, gear is so different now. I loved every second of that trip and all the others I went on. I need to get back out there life is to quick.

  36. Photography was very well done.. You had endless boulder fields to traverse and passses to get over .. What beautiful country you traveled through .. Nothing like it .. Very well done.. That's very good navigation anyway you put it …

  37. Truly and amazing video, Tim. Many thanks for all that went into it, the planning detail, the photo and videography, the maps (like others, I was always interested to see what came over the next pass), and most of all for the fact that you find this magical area as special as I do. I've backpacked in a lot of places in this world, some of the finest scenery in the Sierras, the Colorado Rockies, various and remote canyonlands of Utah and Arizona, New Zealand, the Alps and more, but my mind so often drifts back to a single magical trip to the Winds, two short trips into the Cirque and Titcomb Basin. You've shown me that there is much more I'd like to see! It's hard to match the reflections on those lakes, the alpine wildflowers, the "beep" of the pikas, and all that glorious granite. It penetrates the spirit. Thanks again! Oh, and is your map file something that's relatively easy to share? I think I may like to repeat your route one day…

  38. Without a doubt the best video that I have watched of the Winds – and I have watched most of them it seems! The cinematography, story line, and editing are superb. What was your camera(s) setup?

  39. Having now enjoyed two of your extended mountain adventures, I can´t help but notice how you seem to mix modern technology, adventure and reverence for nature in a most admirable way.  Keep on walking, Tim.

  40. I can't believe these views omg unbelievable thank you for taking us with you mahalo …… going on my "before I die" to do list 🤜🤛🤙

  41. Really well made. The animation and narration were tremendous.
    What camera did you use? Colors were truly awesome.

  42. Very nice video. Thank you. Question: how did you secure your food at night? Especially above tree line?

  43. Tim!
    Another piece of you for all of us to see and hear and feel. Thank you. Now, about the poetic song at the end of the video, who and what is it? I don’t see it in the linked credits.

  44. Wonderful video, excellent narration, fantastic scenery, very exciting adventure and one hell of a lifetime story with your connection to the range! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the completion of this spectacular journey 🥾

  45. Thanks for sharing. Panning shots was used with great effect, great production. Loved gazing through your cameras eye to see the heart of the winds range. Looks like the weather chose a good time for your adventure as it was full of challenges in itself. Congratulations!

  46. This video is making with love: Tim attend all of the details. I remember all my travels in Colombia when i was young too.

  47. Very nice video! Brought back many memories of my many days and nights spent with a backpack in the Wind River Range. I was born in Riverton in 1960 and have spent the majority of my life calling the Wind River Valley my home. On August 1st 1983, I left the trail head near Trail Lake with a class from CWC called "Mountain Wilderness" and spent 21 days on a loop that went over Blaurock Pass. We camped on the upper Dinwoody for four days and made 4 attempts on Gannet, but the weather beat us back each time. In August of 1986, I led two out of state companions, Doug from Kentucky, and Henry from Colorado on a 7 day trek to attempt the mountain again. Got beaten back by weather the first two days/attempts, and on the third day (my 7th attempt at Gannet) we made it to the top.

  48. Tim I just watched your video and I sat here wondering why I did trip after trip in to this deep wilderness.I thought the Highline Trail was Hard wow you blew this away.Well done! I was NOLS class of 1979.Lander Wyoming…….. I fly fish now in a Camper.

  49. Really enjoying the serenity and cinematography too. This video really calms me

  50. Tim – this is an incredible video you made doing this not easy backpack. Very impressive, I enjoyed every second of it. Loved the mix of various topics and scenery! Would you be willing to share your CalTopo route fir this? Also did you guys consider any type of food caching or horse drops to minimize weight? Thanks again

  51. TIM, absolutely the best video I have ever seen of the Wind River range! If I had one word it would be AWESOME I live in Buffalo Wyoming and have backpacked everywhere in the Big Horn mountains I'm a 54 year old woman had my 1st knee replacement and looking forward to getting back to hiking again. Hoping to make the trip into the Winds. Only got to do a couple short trips there. Keep on hiking until you can't is my motto good luck on new adventures ⛺🎣🌲🙂👍

  52. Ok that was a seriously well edited and produced video. One of the best I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent adventure.

  53. Titcomb basin is left OUT!!! OMG! Thats the ONLY place worth going to! FREMONT PEAK !!! what a RIDE! THAT IS THE BEST! RIDGE I SEEN EVER…WALL of WALLS!! GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. I hiked ten years in wyoming..i pumped grease on that Aerial Tramway..I NEVER cut my leg one time…my HEAD SURE plenty!! not my damn leg!

  55. I hope I'm hiking like this when I'm 60. I basically spend 90% of my time working to spend 10% of it doing things like this. (Heading to Winds in August man!)

  56. Touching rocks 3,400 million years old at Blaurock Pass keeps ya humble. Excellent video. Beautiful photography in such beautiful places. I've never seen this part of the Winds. Thanks for taking us along.

  57. This is by far, no exceptions, the BEST video of anyone's trek across the Winds. Every scene is eye candy for a true hiker. The narration, 3D map updates, and the music selection are superb and appropriate. Love it!!!

  58. INCREDIBLE job TIm!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I see your camera eyeballs are as sharp as ever! Taf says thx as well…. such great memories!

  59. Really nice job on the video. I've backpacked the Winds 14 times mostly on the West side. I went in 3 times from the Indian Reservation at Cold Springs. Blaurock Pass, I've been there. Great job. I can't go that fast because me and my dogs gotta sit there and just look at the beauty too much. Ya' can't beat that place can you.?

  60. Beautifully done. Some of those rock scrambles remind me of hiking in the White Mtns here in NH, your eyes are constantly focused on proper foot placement, quite draining. Congrats on an epic tour.

  61. Thanks for reply, so water levels could be ?,able. Can you say if bugs are worse in Aug then In July?

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