Commentary: I managed to do one run (yay me) before my biggest trip of the year – the Wind River High Route. As soon as I learned about the WRHR I wanted to do it. My friend, Dennis, had already tried to it twice. Both times he and his hiking buddies called it quits a few days in. This year was going to be different. This year he was going to finish it, and I was going to do it with him.
The WRHR is not easy. About half of the route is off trail. This cross country hiking is hard because it’s up to you to find the best path from Point A to Point B. Much of the terrain is also very rugged, which makes for slow travel. The majority of the route is also above 10,000 feet, so the altitude can take a toll on hikers as well.
My amazing and wonderful husband offered to be our shuttle driver. Thursday night he drove us to the trailhead where we camped for the night. At 8am, Dennis, Carl and I started our journey. Our goal was to finish in nine days, which seemed like no problem at the time.
While I would love to go into great detail about our trip, not only would it take pages, but most of it cannot be described with words. Still here is a brief summary:
Nine days, 94 miles, and 20k feet of elevation gain. It was epic! There was cold rain that almost made us hypothermic, hail while on exposed ridges, wind that nearly knocked us over, and thankfully, some warm sunshine. We went up and down steep mountain passes, hiked past gorgeous lakes, and woke up to breathtaking landscapes. The boulder hopping wore out our shoes, the wind and sun burned our faces, and the rain made our socks stink like you wouldn’t believe! By the end we were all gagging on our B.O. and sock stench. This trip is definitely in my top five. I’d probably even do it again!
Now please enjoy the plethora of pictures that don’t even come close to representing the beauty we saw on our trip.