Hiking the Grand Tetons
August 15 - 22, 2010
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Every summer for the last 13 years with one exception
(a hike to the Holy Mountain of Athos in Greece),
Peter Schmunk and his friends and classmates from Idaho Falls, Idaho have
taken a wilderness hike in the mountains of American West.
For 2010, the destination was the western side of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.
Because of schedules and committments, people often join the trip late or
Such was the case this year with Bob Schoch and Linda Brooks driving from
their son Douglas driving from Vancouver, British Columbia to join us for
four days at the beginning.
Dan Neal from Casper, Wyoming and Kate Long joined us on Day 3.
Dan stayed for the remainder and Kate camped with us for 2 nights before
she and father John had to return to Idaho Falls.
Peter, GR, and Rob completed the entire 7 day adventure.
August 16, Day 1: Tin Cup Trail (7000 ft) to Green Mountain Trail (9100
ft) to Green Lakes Basin (8500 ft.)
Hikers at the onset: John Long; Peter & Rob Schmunk; Bob, Linda &
Douglas Schoch; and GR Davis
Ascending to the Green Lakes east of Green Mountain
August 17, Day 2: Green Lakes to South Leigh Lakes
One of the Green Lakes (8300 ft)
Meadow east of Green Mountain
Indian Paintbrush below Green Mountain
Another lake in the Green Lakes basin
Field of wildflowers
Green Lakes Basin
Leigh Canyon from ridge north of Little's Peak
Snowfield near Little's Peak
Douglas, Bob, and Linda
All hikers left the Granite Basin Trail northwest of Little's Peak. Linda,
Douglas, and Rob
walked down the Leigh Creek drainage where Bob met them with the truck.
John, Peter, and GR continued off-trail to the South Leigh Lakes and
eventually met the others on Day 3 at the Teton Campground where
Dan Neal and Kate Long joined the group.
Leigh Canyon from ridge (10,000 ft elevation) south of Little's Peak
Snowfield above South Leigh Creek Basin at 10,100 ft
Doug Rayner, Wofford's botanist shared this information: "The pink
snow is sometimes called watermellon snow.
It smells faintly of watermellon. The pink is due to a cold-loving green alga,
Chlamydomonas nivalis. Nivalis means snow. "
Snowfield above Granite Basin
Sunset over one of the South Leigh Lakes at 9500 ft.