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Spiderwoman thru-hiked the Wind River High Route in late-August 2016, joined by her companion The Brawn. Recently she sent me detailed notes about her experience and about the Wind River High Route Guide.

With her permission I have published all of the information that she shared. I think she offers a valuable perspective about the route, especially for those less acquainted with the physical, emotional, and logistical demands of high routes and remote wilderness areas. For those who have managed other high routes with relative ease, her comments may seem overdone.

Her feedback about the Guide has been incorporated into a Third Edition that will be released this spring. Where she pointed out errors and recommendations for improvement, they were fixed or added; and where felt that I mis-characterized the route, the text and maps have been updated. Because of these edits, some of her tips will no longer be current, although I will delete or edit specific remarks to avoid confusion.

Below Downs Mountain

Spiderwoman’s Tips || Reflections, camps, conditions & other small details

Where We Camped, Approximate Daily Mileage Just past “Campsite tr rejoins”. 2m “Protected camps in krumholtz”. Fished. 12m Lake 11,185 below West Gully. 4m Down in the trees just past “Legal camps on trailside benches”. 8m Just past “PR-20” & “Grassy lateral moraines, krumholtz + rockfield clusters”. 9m Outlet of Bewmark Lake. Fished. 7m Just […]

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Overlooking the East Fork of Torrey Creek

Spiderwoman’s Tips || Section 4: Continental Crux

“The finest backcountry experience” – The scenery and raw mountain feel were absolutely amazing, but that was somewhat offset by the toll the terrain took on our joints (unstable talus, loose moraines, steep up, steep down, steep up, steep down). With my admittedly modest experience to draw from, I think a route in the High […]

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Spiderwoman on the knife edge just north of Europe Peak, a vista-filled mid-route summit

Spiderwoman’s Tips for the Wind River High Route: Introduction

To get a sense of how you do or don’t compare to my skills, style, and experience, please look at bios from my HDT Tips. I’m a very average backpacker. Not ultralight. Not ultra-fit. And definitely not ultra-relaxed about stressors and dangers. Put another way: if you’re in Skurka’s league, these Tips aren’t for you. […]

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