Yumi overlooking Island Lake, Wind River Range, WY

Some of my earliest memories growing up were those spent camping with my family. We'd usually spend 3 weeks up in Wisconsin's Northern Highland State Forest, fishing, canoeing and hiking the old logging roads. Some of the best times in my life were the overnight canoe trips my brother and I used to do beginning when we were barely 13 and 11.

Once I began high school and athletics became more of a year-round activity the summer trips up north were fewer and fewer. Before I knew it, I was off to college.

There were a few wilderness experiences in those 4 years, most will remain unsaid, though there were a few canoe trips up to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.

The obsession was renewed in 2003 when Yumi and I decided to take the kids and my mother out to Yellowstone, Tetons and the Black Hills. We were in Yellowstone hiking to Mystic Falls when I noted a beautiful meadow along the Firehole meadow and casually told Yumi "this would be a great spot to camp". Suddenly, I was thinkingof getting into the backcountry for the first time since about 1983. A lot.

When we got back home I asked Yumi if she'd like to make another trip out west the next summer---just the two of us this time. She said "yes" and it was on for Glacier National Park for the summer of 2004.

Since then I've made 10 more trips out west, spending some quality time with new friends in the mountains.

Hey, it's back to the good old days of making more than one trip out west. I've got two lined up again this year, both to my favorite haunt, the beartooths.

The first will be in mid-July with a newbie from work, Mike. He's gung ho and will likely have the time of his life. Then, in early August it's back with my trusty sidekick, Bob, where we'll attempt to do as few miles as we can each day over 11 nights.

Two Canadians, Bob and I hit the Beartooths for a week of leisurely hiking

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Septermber, 2012
Full trip report coming whenever I get the time
July-August, 2012
Yet another trip to the Beartooths
July, 2011
Winter camping in the Beartooths in July
teton August, 2010
6 nights in the heart of the Absaroka mountains
July, 2009
Another 7 nights with the crew in the Beartooths
August, 2008
7 nights in the Beartooths with Ward and the Canadian
July, 2008
5 nights in the Bighorns with a Canadian
August, 2007
Yumi and I go back to Glacier where it all started
July, 2007
6 nights in the heart of the Northern wind Rivers
August, 2006
A 3-night solo in the Absaroka-Beartooth
July, 2006
Yumi and I spend 8 nights in the Wind Rivers
Aug-Sept., 2005
Dorf gets his GNP fix with 8 nights on the trail
July, 2005
A quickie solo in the Cloud Peak Wilderness
July, 2005
Our return to GNP aborted 6 hours in :-(
July, 2004
Two weeks of camping and backpacking in Glacier.
September, 2004
Yumi and I get to the Porkies before fall arrives
July, 2004
Yumi and I take the kids to the Porkies
June, 2004
Todd and I prove that last years' Newport debacle was no fluke
October, 2003
Yumi and I test some more gear and nearly die
September, 2003
Yumi and I decide to do a little camping & test gear


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