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Less Than Eleven Feet II

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Object Title: Less Than Eleven Feet II

Image Type(s): Hiking, Scenery

 

Page By: Nelson

Created/Edited: Sep 4, 2008 / Sep 19, 2008

Object ID: 439169

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Wind River Range, Washakie - Hailey Pass Loop, August 2008

Last year my friend Jeff and I did our first Less Than Eleven Feet trip into Wyoming’s Wind River Range. (Two guys whose combined height is less than eleven feet).

We knew then that the Winds required more than one visit, so this year we returned for a sequel. We put in at the Big Sandy Opening trailhead, along the southern end of the range. Initially I planned on heading into the Cirque of the Towers, but after reading online reports and advice, especially from SP’er Bob Sihler, I settled on the 35 mile lollipop-shaped loop over Washakie and Hailey passes. This route passes through basins dotted with crystaline lakes and towering granite summits.

We packed in for 6 nights and added spikes to the lollipop with side trips to Shadow Lake, Valentine Lake and the Lizard Head trail, up to Baptiste Lake, along the spectacular East Fork Valley, and scrambling to the summits of Mounts Washakie and Hooker.

The salient feature of this trip was a lack of superlatives to describe the country. How many times can you say “wow”, “awesome”, or “un-freaking-believable”?

We are hooked on the Winds.

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jfrishmanIIIAwfully nice...

jfrishmanIII

Voted 10/10

shots you're taking here! These are a pleasure to see.
Posted Sep 5, 2008 1:19 am

NelsonRe: Awefully nice...

Nelson

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Thanks for the comment, glad you like the photos. The Winds are a pleasure to hike through.
Posted Sep 5, 2008 8:48 am

ChrisRe: Great photos Nelson!

Chris

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I agree... stunning photos Nelson!
Posted Sep 5, 2008 11:13 am

NelsonRe: Great photos Nelson!

Nelson

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Thanks guys. It helps when are surrounded by a stunning landscape, gives you that incentive to crawl out of the tent before dawn or go for another stroll in the evening.
Posted Sep 5, 2008 5:13 pm

Bill ReedMost excellent, Nelson!

Bill Reed

Voted 10/10

That 5lbs paid big dividends. Thanks for sharing.
Posted Sep 5, 2008 3:27 pm

NelsonRe: Most excellent, Nelson!

Nelson

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It was probably closer to 4 pounds, but that was still 10% of my pack weight at the start of the trip, including a full water bottle and 7 days food. Having lugged the tripod, two lenses, batteries, etc. back in there I made darn sure I was out of the tent before dawn and had scouted out good vantage points for both morning and evening light. Thanks for the comment.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 9:19 am

NelsonRe: Amazing Photos

Nelson

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Thanks a lot. Mostly I am using being in the right place at the right time! I scout out the area after we set up camp, judge where the light will come from, then make sure I'm at my selected spots at dawn and dusk.

In addition about half of these shot are processed for High Dynamic Range using the Photomatix HDR software. Some of the other have zero post processing.

The camera is an older Canon Rebel XT DSLR. I use a 10-22 Canon lens and 18-250 Tamron lens, all consumer grade stuff, but the 10-22 is a nice piece of glass. Tripod and polarizing filter used in most shots.

Regards, Nelson
Posted Sep 7, 2008 10:24 am

MarkDidierFantastic Photos!

MarkDidier

Voted 10/10

Nelson, really incredible photos. Makes me think its time to upgrade to better photography equipment! Also makes me think that I might want to skip RMNP next August, and head to WWR! Thanks for sharing.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 9:51 pm

NelsonRe: Fantastic Photos!

Nelson

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It's hard to go wrong between RMNP and the Winds, that's for sure! Thanks for the comment, glad you like the shots.
Posted Sep 10, 2008 8:34 am

klwagarwow

klwagar

Voted 10/10

and un fricking believable. I love your photos.
Posted Sep 12, 2008 11:24 am

NelsonRe: wow

Nelson

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Thanks! Glad to see someone even read the intro. :-)
Posted Sep 12, 2008 9:03 pm

MillierLet me catch my breath!

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You are right--there are just not adequate words to describe what your photos portray!!
Posted Jul 26, 2010 3:48 pm

NelsonRe: Let me catch my breath!

Nelson

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Thanks for your comments. Glad you like the photos. The Winds make it easy to get a decent shot!
Posted Jul 27, 2010 5:57 am

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