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project grand teton : packing in to base camp at the lower saddle

9.19.2012










































i still haven't wrapped my head around this adventure. amazing. definitely more than i bargained for.
the first day had the usual up's and down's...

~ slept friday night in the car with ceej. matt (aka tom bombadil) braved the frost in his bivy.

~ woke saturday morning thirty minutes past the alarm...oops!

~ took our time eating pastries & peaches for breakfast as we waited for the sun to warm the frost

~ got news that there was snow and ice on the route...which meant ice axes and cramp-ons would be coming along in our packs

~ finally started hiking towards the meadow (original base camp plan)

~ moved at a comfortably fast pace. breathing was deep, quick, but good.

~ made it to the meadow. no problem. was feeling so good i agreed to keep going to the lower saddle for base camp.

~ soon after we passed the meadow the trail got steeper and the air got thinner...which meant i stopped to take deep breaths after every 15-20 steps. slow moving, but positive.

~ made our way past the caves and that endless boulder field.

~ arrived at base camp around 4:30. so happy to take off my heavy pack.



pretty uneventful so far. good times with ceej & matt. happy to be on the mountain. 

5 comments:

kylie said...

yes. yes. YES.


THIS is living.

Magdalena said...

This looks like so much fun!

Alexandra said...

Everything about this, I love.

So captivating and beautiful. I'm itching for the rest of this story.

RetreatingAndAdvancing said...

I can't get over how beautiful our planet is!

Debie Grace said...

Lovely pictures!! I am inspired by what Mr. Edward Abbey said. Thank you for sharing your adventures! :)