It is Sunday night, I am tired of politics and in possession of a case of outrage fatigue. Therefore, I am going to show you the most bad-ass photo I have ever taken. It was taken in the Wind River range of Wyoming in June of 1995. It was pre-digital using a 35mm camera on time delay. Click to enlarge.
My buddy Mike and I had traveled to the Wind River Range to climb Square Top Mountain. That is Square Top in the middle, behind Mike.
We had decided to paddle to the base of the mountain and put in at Lower Green River Lake. We paddled across it, up a small stream to Upper Green River Lake, crossed it and then lined the canoe from the bank of the headwaters of the Green River for about four miles to the base of the mountain.
The next morning, we started up. We carried ice axes because we knew we would have to cross an ice field near the top. We followed no trail and then, before us, not marked on any map, appeared this waterfall.
It was about right here…
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I set up my camera on a rock and, while Mike waited, ran up behind him and got in place just as it snapped. This being pre-digital, there was no preview and you didn’t take do-overs very often. When we got home, this is the photo we had. It has always been one of my favorites.
We got up near the top but ran out of daylight and turned back before making the peak. We spent the rest of the trip fishing for trout.
The nice thing about lining a canoe upstream is that the return trip is a snap; no lining required. Here is a photo of me, paddle in hand, on the way out.