Sitting here on a Sunday morning, drinking coffee, checking the weather in Pinedale, Wy for what seems like the ten-thousandth time.
In just three days Gunny, Buff, Pyro and myself will get in my truck and start the 2.5 day trip to Pinedale. Biscuit, the smart one, is flying up to Jackson (Hole), Wy and driving down to meet us Saturday around noon in Pinedale.
The current plan is to meet Biscuit at noon at the brew pub next door to Pinedale’s primary outfitter. In no particular order, we’ll eat, drink some beer, check gear, purchase some more stuff for our packs. Get some fishing licenses, check lures and try to avoid adding more weight to packs already loaded with 6 days of breakfasts and dinners.
But first, back here in good ole Hampton, Va….Buff and Pyro will drive up from the Beach to my place, then we’ll all go together in my truck up to Verona, Va where we’ll stay overnight at Gunny’s new place. Gunny has promised us fresh salsa and chicken enchiladas – YES!
Next morning we’ll leave Verona and head off towards an overnight in St Louis. Should be about 14hrs of driving.
From St Louis, it’s off to Cheyenne, Wy, where we’ll overnight on the historic Warren AFB.
(Warren AFB is the oldest continuously active military installation within the Air Force, established in 1867 by the United States Army as Fort David Allen Russell. The facility came under United States Army Air Forces control on 1 June 1947, and United States Air Force (USAF) respectively on 18 September 1947 until now….Wikipedia).
Gunny and I stayed there on our way to the Winds last year. The old part of the base is like going back in time. We had a suite in a preserved barracks, which meant no AC, but luckily the elevation in Cheyenne meant cool nights, so we didn’t suffer. I did note that the check in for the base lodging was also in an historic building, and they had AC, hmmm.
Anyway, we should be leaving Cheyenne about 3:30 a.m. and get to Pinedale around 9 or so.
So after linking up with Biscuit and doing whatever chores still need doing, we may hit the “museum of the mountain man”, an excellent museum if you ever make to Pinedale.
There shouldn’t be a lot of chores, we’ve been planning this hike ever since last years hike there ended and we’re carrying our packs in the truck, not like we’re putting them on a plane. But we’ll still probably stop at the big grocery store on the main road leading to the Elkhart trail head.
I’ve got some pre-cooked pork sausage links in my garage fridge right now, so if I can’t keep them chilled on the drive up, I might just get some more in Pinedale, still need to figure that part out.
So, once we’ve sorted out our chores in Pinedale, we’ll head off to the trail head (~9300′ elev). The plan is to park and go ahead and hike the 3 or so miles down the Pine Creek Canyon trail and camp some where below Long Lake and Freemont Creek (~ 7858′ elev).
That plan gives us a head start on the next days hump up back to the top of the “plateau” and Glimpse Lake (9373′ elev) and onto however far we can get that day. It would be nice to reach Summit Lake, but I don’t think we’ll make it that far.
Ok, that’s the plan so far, time to check the weather!