For about 550 miles, the CDT takes the hiker through Yellowstone (with an alternate over the Teton Crest) through the mighty Wind River Range and across the Great Basin.
Feeling strong with a mostly "all-clear" from my cardiologist, I begin hiking the Teton Crest Trail.
The Divide is short but steep to Lake Solitude where I nab the best site with its own resident moose.
The trail traces Cascade Canyon to Avalanche Divide where an off-trail scramble takes me to a remote lake.
Switchbacks over Hurricane Pass take Blissful into the magical polished granite of Alaska Basin.
Sheep Steps leads to the "cobble stones" of Death Canyon Shelf and scrambling up Spearhead Peak.
Thunder brings Blissful down from scrambling then tachycardia brings her down from a high alpine lake.
A creature walking past my tent wakes me up before I head to Ski Lake and back to civilization.
It’s beautiful walking along azure lakes under the gaze of the Square Top, then 2,400 feet up Cube Pass.
It’s big climbs over Knapsack Col into stunning Titcomb Basin then up towards Indian Pass.
The hardest day yet across Knifepoint Glacier, up Alpine Pass and Class 3 scrambling to a magical camp spot.
It’s a long day beginning with pouring rain, then passes, including Hay, and lakes in forest and above treeline.
Bog, rock ramps, gullies, talus and bushwhacking take us over one of the most stunning passes yet.
It’s a big pass with big talus in wild wind to a magical camp behind the towers.