Saturday, May 29, 2010

Highline Traverse

Quick update: brother Sam and I got the traverse done -- from Henry's Fork Campground to Mirror Lake Hwy in a loooong single push. It was about 55 miles over some beautiful and wicked terrain.  Our time? Just a bit over 38 hrs. And that's including the four hrs or so we spent being lost.  Probably one of the hardest "days" in the mountains I've ever experienced. Glad to be done. Glad to have done it. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Highline Traverse

Just drove up Mirror Lake hwy from Evanston and left a car at the snowline -- 9k. Now heading to Henry's Fork where we will start the traverse. Brother Sam is my partner for this excursion. We are hoping to do it in a single push, but conditions are warm and probably slower than we would like. We have 1 sleeping bag and some mylar to get us through a night if necessary.  I'm a bit frustrated because my pack is heavy -- about 16 lbs. We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time for a Uinta Traverse?

I think the time is ripe for a Uintas speed traverse. I'm thinking of starting at Henry's Fork Campground, hooking onto the Highline Trail and ending up at Hayden Pass on the Mirror Lake Highway. Anyone have any beta on conditions? or route?


I got a GPS and some mapping software. I don't know why I didn't do this a long time ago, it's really useful and really cool. With it, I've been looking at possible routes. The route I'm looking at is roughly 53 miles with about 11k elevation gain. The 11k in a single-push is easily doable. It's the 53 mile part that I'm wondering about, especially if conditions are bad. Do I take a sleeping bag? A tent? Right now my plan is to not take a tent, but to take a MontBell Thermawrap Parka and Pants. And maybe 1 lightweight sleeping bag to share with my partner -- if we have to stop and sleep or bivy.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fast and Light

Though somewhat self-serving (what, really is not on this blog?), Brian Harder has written an article on the fast and light mode of ski touring. Check it out here.