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Spork into the Wind River Range

As on the PCT you don’t ever seem to be out of the desert. The CDT is no exception. The Great Basin was about as desert as it gets. This stretch covered about a hundred miles and it was wide open. There was nothing as far as the eye could see. At times you could see distant mountains but they weren’t close enough to seem real. The basin was covered with sage brush and rock. A section was littered with petrified wood. Antelope were everywhere. I bet we saw 100 in 4 days. The water situation was better than we had heard it would be. The longest stretch between water sources was only 18 miles. The first couple of days were ridiculously hot. The last 2 days rained the entire time. We went from roasting to freezing with a steady bone chilling wind. Kipper and I knocked out a 35 mile day in the rain. There wasn’t much else to do besides hike or you would freeze. Overall the basin was great.

 Right after the basin came The Wind River Range. I had heard about it for a while but nothing I was told could have prepared me for the beauty that was to come. It started with a view of huge craggy peaks towering over a monster lake. It just kept getting better from there. We followed a creek up a huge canyon with wildflowers and giant mountains  surrounding us. The Cirque of Towers trail is my favorite place to date on all hikes. It didn’t feel real. I am having a very difficult time finding the words to do it justice. There were huge peaks, glaciers, lakes, rivers, wildflowers, and mosquitos everywhere. It was majestic and dreamlike around every corner. I still don’t know if I can wrap my head around it all. It seems like on of those places that memories may enhance it’s beauty.

Right now, I am in Pinedale, WY which is only halfway through the Winds. Thankfully there is plenty more of the Winds to leave me in awe and keep me dumbfounded by the majesty. The weather has been pretty rough over the last couple of days. There have been monster storms and constant rain. It’s all part of the challenge and it continues. Time to hike.

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3 Responses to “Spork into the Wind River Range”

  1. Merle Patterson says:

    Hey Spork- My wife, Jeannie and I met you at the top of Mt Flora in Colorado. This post makes me want to take a trip to Wyoming to see the Wind River Range. Been reading your blog ever since we met you and look forward to getting the next post. You’re AMAZING!!!! Keep on Keep’n on.

  2. Yo Ryan, I have a friend in Dubois, WY. She lives on a ranch/farm. Looks like you’re close. Sounds like you’re getting along great, but let me know if you want me to reach out to her. Rock on.

  3. Heather says:

    I’m so proud of you!!! I look forward to your posts so much! Miss you!

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