Photo Essay: Plan B in the Tetons

With rain and snow falling for much of May, Kordell, Zach, Cindi Lou and I waited for the forecast to improve for our trip to Wyoming’s Wind River Range. But that put us a few weeks late to enter the Winds from the Dickinson Park trailhead on the east side. The trail from 9,500 feet was a mix of mud and patches of slush. After pushing on a few miles, we got a view of our intended destination, Baptiste Cirque, which looked snowy, but what remained of the approach was 15 miles of mud and punishing terrain. So we decided to retreat to the Tetons for Plan B.

For three days, we skied corn and soft snow on Buck Mountain, Disappointment Peak and in Garnet Canyon, ticking off a few classic Teton lines. Maybe next year we can get into the Winds earlier, but on this go-around, splitboarding Plan B in the Tetons wasn’t so bad.

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