Less Than Eleven Feet

Less Than Eleven Feet

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Wind River Range, Indian Basin, Fremont Peak, August 2007

Over the years of drinking beer and margaritas together, my friend Jeff and I dreamt about doing something more active together. This year the stars aligned and we headed off to Wyoming's Wind River Range. Jeff decided that we must be the only two grown adults in the range whose combined height is less than eleven feet. Trail and summit registers have been signed stating that fact. (Jeff towers several inches above my 5’ 2” frame, so we still have quite a ways to go for eleven feet, actually).

For a first trip to the Winds we settled on the accessible Elkhart trailhead, into the incomparable Indian and Titcomb Basins for 5 days. We bagged Fremont Peak 165 years to the day after John C. Fremont was first on the mountain. We finished with a couple of days in Lander, visiting Sinks Canyon and hiking miles up the Middle Popo Agie River. (Extra credit for those who can correctly pronounce that Crow Indian name – I couldn’t).

The Winds exceeded expectations. We are already scheming for a less than eleven feet sequel next year.


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BazZ - Aug 21, 2007 2:07 pm - Voted 10/10


for this very nice serie.


Nelson - Aug 21, 2007 7:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: compliments

Thanks very much. These mountains made it easy to get some good shots.


BazZ - Aug 22, 2007 1:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: compliments

Even then they look pretty profesional.


Nelson - Aug 23, 2007 8:42 am - Hasn't voted

Re: compliments

Thanks very much. It's true I did work at these, and I appreciate the recognition. My 35 pound pack included more than 4 pounds of camera gear, and a lot of time was spent scouting out the best compositions and then waiting for good light. Then, of course, I just got lucky with the weather on occasion.

I recently read a book titled The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Philippe L. Gross. Recommeded, for the photos if nothing else. It helped me keep my eyes open for compositions I might otherwise have missed. Regards, Nelson


BazZ - Aug 23, 2007 1:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: compliments

You are totaly right. My best photo's are when I was sitting on a nice place, just looking around and after half an hour I take my camara and start shooting. I think thats why I have so much pictures of insects, just sit wait and watch. Thanks for the tip of the book, I'm sure I'm gonna read it.

Greets Bas

Bill Reed

Bill Reed - Oct 9, 2007 8:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Really nice.........

Album, Nelson! Glad to see that you made it up there.


Nelson - Oct 10, 2007 3:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Really nice.........

Thanks Bill. You were right: the place is amazing! We definitely want to return next year, and spend more than 5 days in the backcountry.


Saintgrizzly - Sep 24, 2008 12:46 pm - Voted 10/10

Pronouncing "Popo Agie..."

I used to live in Lander, and rightly or wrongly we always pronounced it as one word, "Popozia," with the accent on the second "o."


Nelson - Sep 25, 2008 4:01 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Pronouncing

That's how I was told to pronouce it as well. I might have spelled it "popozha", but same idea.

Of course, one can guess what I was saying before learning this! Thanks for the info.

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