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  • ryanjordan.com | 4.Oct.14
    October 3, 2014 Tonight I heated a flat slab of granite in the firepit, then used the rock to plank-cook two salted tenkara-caught cutthroat trout for dinner. // Last night was windy, but the temperature warmed before morning. I didn’t have to sleep with my clothes on all night, and my socks dried out so…
  • ryanjordan.com | 3.Oct.14
    It’s not hard to find something if you know where to look. After all, Lightning Lake is on the map, you can get GPS coordinates for it, and you can see it with Google Earth. However, Lightning Lake has a long and storied history among Golden Trout fishermen and backcountry addicts as being notoriously difficult…
  • ryanjordan.com | 1.Oct.14
    Planning off-trail travel is sometimes an exercise in theory. You really don’t realize how much of it is entertainment until your feet are on the ground. Much of the time, in rather short order, you ditch your plans, open your eyes, and adapt. If there is ever a time when you go into a route…
  • ryanjordan.com | 22.Sep.14
    Packrafting the Smith River: Day 4 Gusty winds blew across the bench above the river where we were camped last night at Rattlesnake Bend. They swirled around unpredictably and I slept with one eye open wondering if one of the big limbs belong to the fir tree sheltering my bivy sack was going to come…
  • ryanjordan.com | 21.Sep.14
    I’ve always held fast to the idea that spending time in the wilderness offers the clarity of thought that comes with having to make fewer inane decisions, being insulated from the incessant distractions of information bombardment and technology access, ridding oneself of the trivial urgency that demands the same level of excitement from you as…
  • ryanjordan.com | 20.Sep.14
    Today we paddled 17 miles in summer-like heat, enjoyed good river flows and solitude, and startled a swimming bear. // Last night I stealth camped, cowboy style in my bivy sack, under pines in the forest above the river and behind our camp. I packed up before sunrise, and walked down to the river to…
  • ryanjordan.com | 19.Sep.14
    Five o’clock came awfully early this morning, but when I realized after my first cup of coffee that I’d be floating the Smith River in a packraft by nine, my grogginess was replaced by anticipation. After a grab-and-go breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, and toasted bagels, we piled into the van and began the…
  • ryanjordan.com | 17.Sep.14
    As of today, the Smith River is running about 190 cfs, which is a good level for packrafts. It’s too low for big rafts, way too low for drift boats, and OK for canoes. I love boating rivers in a packraft. It means we can sneak in when others can’t, and enjoy off-season solitude on…
  • ryanjordan.com | 17.Sep.14
    September 13, 2014 Windy Pass Cabin Gallatin National Forest Montana “To countless people the wilderness provides ultimate delight because it provides the thrills of jeopardy and beauty. It is the last stand for that glorious adventure into the physically unknown.” – Bob Marshall, Founder of the Wilderness Society ::: We left Bozeman this morning for…
  • ryanjordan.com | 13.Sep.14
    I’ve written about it before and will write about it again. Having a high tolerance for uncertainty is a positive character trait and we should embrace every opportunity that comes our way, to practice our response to uncertainty. Stephanie reminded me of the exciting opportunity to practice dealing with uncertainty tonight as we discovered, just…
  • ryanjordan.com | 22.Aug.14
    21.Aug.2014 – Rainbow Lake This morning I awoke early to cloudy skies, a light fog on the lake surface, and the chattering of fastidious chipmunks and squirrels preparing their stash for the oncoming winter. I watched a pair of deer – a large mule buck and his doe – meander out of the woods on the far shore, and graze in the shoreline grasses for a few minutes. Then a bit of sunshine peeked through, and they wandered back in, out of sight. As the sunshine became stronger, a...
  • ryanjordan.com | 22.Aug.14
    20.Aug.2014 – Four Lakes Basin Last night came with a lot of steady, rousing, cold rain. It was the first night of the trip where I slept chillier than I’d like. In the middle of the night I slid on (slinked into?) a pair of polypropylene see-thru tights. They constitute my base layer bottoms. They look like women’s nylons, and weigh a scant 1.6 oz. they are horrible to wear against the skin (you poor ladies) so I wear them at night over my trekking pants, which creates a nice...
  • ryanjordan.com | 22.Aug.14
    19.Aug.2014 – A Cold Front in the High Uintas Late last night high winds and the disappearance of the stars signaled the onset of a cold front that was predicted yesterday by high cirrus clouds streaking across the Uinta sky. This morning it is 40 degrees (*F) and raining, and we are engulfed in the clouds here at Margie Lake. We slept in. During a break in the storm, I got up and fished, catching several Margie brookies until the rain came again. I retrieved the Ursacks, brought them to...
  • ryanjordan.com | 21.Aug.14
    18.Aug.2014 – Alone on the Rock Creek Shelf I find it kind of funny that most guidebooks to the Uintas calls anything more than 10 miles from the trailhead “remote”. However it didn’t really dawn on me until this trip. We’ve only seen a handful of people, and only then in a single place (Dead Horse Lake). We haven’t seen a human soul otherwise in the six days we’ve been out so far. Sheep and cows, of course. Elk. Mule deer. Mountain goats. And today, a...
  • ryanjordan.com | 18.Aug.14
    Here’s a live photo from our camp this morning at Reconnaissance Lake (18.Aug.2014). Our shelters are the little dots at the base of the talus field in the lower left part of the photo. The big mountain is Peak 12,385, the southernmost high point of the Yard Peak Massif, and the most dramatic. Godspeed, RJ // Follow our trek in the High Uinta Wilderness! Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this expedition online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/uintas2014 and receive updates...
  • ryanjordan.com | 18.Aug.14
    17.Aug.2014 – Walking the Shelf This morning dawned with clear skies, warm sun, and tiger trout rising to flying ants at our camp along the lightly forested north shore of Dead Horse Lake. Eden and Mike packed up first. This was to be their last day on the trail and they would walk out the West Fork of the Black Fork River trail, nine or so miles to a trailhead where a shuttle would pick them up. I thoroughly enjoyed their company. I will miss the Rabbi and the Big Persian on the rest of...
  • ryanjordan.com | 15.Aug.14
    14.Aug.14 – Explorer Peak An epic day in a Wild Place is made with two ingredients. First, it requires a healthy mix of uncertainty and adversity. Second, it is best enjoyed when you don’t believe it can happen to you on the day you don’t expect it. Today we had both. ### I wore my down parka (an 8.1 oz hooded anorak custom made by my friend Ben Smith at Goosefeet Gear) to bed last night to stave off the cold. (You need some insurance when you’re only packing a 14 oz...
  • ryanjordan.com | 14.Aug.14
    Tarp camp at Cleveland Lake, High Uintas Wilderness, Utah. This is a 9-foot square flat tarp made by Hyperlite Mountain Gear (link). Weight is about 9 oz naked and complete with enough guy lines and stakes for a serious storm above the treeline, about a pound. // High Uinta Wilderness! Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this expedition online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/uintas2014 and receive updates from Twitter via @bigskyry (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry).
  • ryanjordan.com | 14.Aug.14
    13.Aug.2014 – Cleveland Lake Dear Mom: Happy Birthday! You are not forgotten by me just because I’m tramping in the Wilds. I love you! ### This morning I awoke at 5:25 AM not very eager to emerge from the fancy multi-thousand count Egyptian cotton sheets at the Park City hotel generously comp’d to me by one of my consulting clients. But here I am at 11 PM tucked into my Katabatic Chisos quilt (14 oz!) at 11,172 feet in elevation at the spectacular Cleveland Lake in the High...
  • ryanjordan.com | 26.Jul.14
    We’ll be taking a trip into the High Uinta Wilderness August 11-21, 2014. Check back here for more as the trip approaches and be sure to follow updates via Twitter @bigskyry.

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