Gearing Up for the Top of Wyoming
The setting for this journey is deep in the heart of Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, Gannett Peak, with an elevation 13,804 feet and Wyoming's highest summit. The goal is to climb and ski Gannett Peak and as many aesthetic lines possible in this area from June 1-7, 2008.
The spark for this trip was developed over a few cold suds on a dark February night at the Lander Bar. Talk is grand in those situations and partners were many, but as summer and climbing season approached all but myself had jumped ship. With the regular partners out, it was time to recruit a few skiers who I knew would make it happen.
First thing in mind was to keep it in the family. My cousins, Chris and Tim Weydeveld, who are tele-skiing brothers, immediately were interested being natives to Wyoming. Not wanting to be crammed into a Black Diamond Mega Light for an entire week, one more partner was needed, so I emailed Steve Romeo. Steve has wanted to tick this peak off his list for a while (see other trips to this area at www.tetonat.com) and treat himself to a sweet birthday present in the Winds, so he was in.
For this route, we have had to hire a Native American Outfitter to drive us to the trailhead for drop off and pick up, and pay for trespassing permits for tribal access. All of this takes place before setting foot on trail, crossing crevasses and bergshrunds on glaciers, and attempting the worthy summit that is seldom skied.