Ascent of Wind River Peak on 2016-08-08

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Monday, August 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wind River Peak
    Elevation:13192 ft / 4020 m

Ascent Trip Report

Via mini-ramp (east subridge off The Ramp, Upper Ice Lakes) and descended Tayo lakes, camped near lower Stough Creek Basin.

Great weather, the upper ice lakes are beautiful and we saw no other people until down past Tayo. The summit views are massive from this monarch of the southern Winds. Temple and the Cirque of the Towers views are intense. I could see Fremont and the Gannett area glaciers clearly. After descending the gorgeous Tayo lakes I noticed waaay over cairned and orange ribbon flagged trail work that was recent. The trail is faint, but this was ridiculous, with a tree tied off every 15 feet. I took about a half of the ribbons down until my (large) fannypack filled up completely. Later I saw who did this. It was a very elderly group of Sierra clubbers, well intentioned, but without the experience in this line I think for this particular trail, they had horse packed in and just overdone it. I didnt tell them this, but seriously lay off the tape marking in wilderness areas. A key cairn here and there on a faint trail can be useful, but don't ruin the experiences. Instead learn how to navigate and use a map if needed! Next day I did Atlantic peak and had a blast exploring the upper Stough basins many lakes and I even found remnant glacier unmapped north of West Atlantic Peak. The rock is covering much of it, but the lake forming is cutting into the sides and you can see dozens of layers and a couple hundred feet of ice at certain angles on both sides of the lake. Surely the furthest south glacier in the main crest of the Rockies left?!
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