by Harriet Greene
Harriet Greene, graduate of McGill University in physiotherapy, moved to the US in 1970; hiked the Long Trail in the Green Mountains of Vermont and Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; a trip West convinced her to move to the Rockies where she fell in love with the Grand Tetons and Wind River Range. She found a small log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and settled in for twenty years. As an avid hiker, backpacker, author, stone sculptor and marble stonecut printmaker, she feels most comfortable in the alpine with a backpack, lost in some deep remote canyon with her youngest daughter. She has published six books, her latest, “Crossing the Boundary: A Return to the Wilderness and Freedom.”
I have read this truly beautiful post about Wind River Range, Bridger Wilderness, Pinedale , Wyoming
from what I have seen on the photos, it looks like truly beautiful country up there in the Rocky mountains.
I spend time outdoors. I particularly like the Ozarks (Arkansas and Missouri) and Big Bend in Texas. I also like scuba diving or snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. Age and COVID-19 are now the limiting factors. Go out, engage, and enjoy!
Back in the 70’s or was it the 80’s, my son & I flew in a small plane (an adventure in itself) from Wisconsin to Pine Bluff, WY, got a ride up to the trail head and started the climb up onto the wilderness. By the time we got to a spot to camp it was snowing (in August). Somewhere we had lost one of our gloves, and by the time we got the tent up our fingers were close to frostbite. But we slept the sleep of the exhausted, and tho our tent was covered with snow in the morning, the rest of our days were glorious. The ultimate memory was the cramps in our legs from the hike downhill.
I wrote a Wind River Range guidebook which is at https://www.amazon.com/WIND-RIVER-RANGE-Lizard-Adventures/dp/1930096003/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=Vesperman&qid=1626372462&s=books&sr=1-10
On the back cover is a photograph of Titcomb Lakes basin which looks similar to Harriet's photo. I hiked maybe 5 trails into the Wind River Range. One of them is featured in my "All-Time Favorite Hikes" near the bottom of http://padrak.com/vesperman.
Hi Gary Vesperman,
Thanks for your comment. Loved the Bears Ears trail to, I believe Valentine Lake, and Lizard Head climb, and the Popo Agie valley. Titcomb Lakes was a favorite and I and my daughter visited there often. Stunning. We even were able to approach it from Peak Lake and Knapsack Col because there was little snow that year. The photo is Wall Lake at the end of Cook Lakes, a nice hike to the Divide.
That phrase really resonated. ‘all these pleasures reminded me that life was wonderful, that rest and relaxation were vital, and that simply keeping busy wasted our lives in accomplishing nothing of importance. Our reason for existence is all too often over-looked for a false sense of security promised by societal demands for accomplishment and the accumulation of things’. We are human beings not human doings! It’s ok to just be. Thank you for the reminder. Our American society can make us feel guilty for it.
Hi Loretta Tiefen,
Thank you for your comment. It is ok to just be....I have to remind myself of that all the time.
A good read, Harriet, thanks. My five days in and around the Alpine Lakes area of the Winds in 2015 is still sharp in memory. It was July, but wet, cold, and austere. The potential for hypothermia was my only companion, though I managed to always keep it a few paces behind me. Magnificent, convoluted country, for sure. America's true backbone.
Hi Jim Breezely,
Thank you for your comment. I have never been in the Wind Rivers in July/August when it didn't snow. Cold and miserable in my tent I was always grateful to be alive in the morning.