Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Local Folks Backpack Trip(s), 2007

Dick Worm is offering to organize one or two Local Folks 7-day  backpack trips this coming summer. The approximate time frames and trip options include:

July 6-16 South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado
Hi-lites of this loop include 11,463 ft. Blue Lake on the continental divide; backpacking to 12.000 ft. Glacier Lake; an easy climb of 13,172 foot Conejos Peak; camel rock above Twin Lakes; and a Creede, CO. Repertory Theater performance. Dick has done this route several times. It is a comfortable, but high elevation trip south of Alamosa, Colorado.

Either August 31-Sept 10 or Sept. 7-17 are alternative dates for one of two possible trip options:

(1) A "Squaretop Loop" in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains' Bridger Wilderness begins and ends at Green River Lakes. Included are several scenic lakes, Porcupine Pass, spectacular vistas of Gannett and other continental divide peaks, and a 3000 foot climb of 11,695 foot Squaretop Mountain, one of the most photographed mountains in the Range, with the option to stop at Granite Lake or climb Granite Peak along the way. Dick has done this loop once and has passed by Squaretop twice, successfully climbing it once.

(2) Montana's Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness offers a continental divide straddling loop that Dick has mapped out but not yet tried. Hi-lites are three short days including a climb option of 10,460 ft. Warren Peak; a long day followed by a lay-over for an optional climb of 10,793 ft. West Goat Peak, highest in this wilderness; and crossings of the divide on the Continental Divide Trail at around 9000 feet.

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