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Itinerary Wind River Backcountry Expedition

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  • Day 1 –Arrive or meet at Denver International Airport; transfer to Horsetooth Reservoir and do a short hike and some bouldering before setting up camp we overnight at Horsetooth. Instructors go through gear and the schedule as well as introduction to trip planning.
  • Day 2 — We wake up early and transfer to Lander, WY we buy supplies for our trip in small groups with each group being in charge of food for a day then we hike in Sinks Canyon, we overnight at Louis Lake Lodge and pack our backpacks for an early departure into the wilderness.
  • Day 3 — We wake up early and backpack into the Winds from Pinto Park near Worthen Resvervoir we hike 5-8 miles teaching navigation and route finding along the way, team members have a chance to lead today.
  • Day 4– We continue hiking into the Wind rivers with opportunities to fish, photograph and learn backcountry travel skills along the way. We camp near Stough creek.
  • Day 5– Today we day hike and have an opportunity to fly fish, we rest more today and begin prep for our summit day.
  • Day 6– Today we review the plan for summit day and backpacking 4-7miles to the base of Wind River peak.
  • Day 7– We day hike today up to the continental divide practicing our navigation skills and making a written plan for summit day.
  • Day 8 -We wake up early for our attempt to summit Wind River Peak, this beautiful backcountry peak is well over 13 thousand feet with amazing views of the surrounding terrain.
  • Day 9 -This is our last day in the backcountry and we spend time hiking out with opportunities for photography and fishing as we move. We return to Louis Lake Lodge for the night and for a much deserved shower
  • Day 10 –We explore around Louis lake in the morning then drive to Denver area and camp. We have our final campfire and pack for departures!
  • Day 11– Depart Denver International Airport or nearby pick up locations