Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tetons - hike to Amphitheater lake

1000m  elevation gain from 2100 to 3100m
got up in 2hrs with my MP3 on psy trance...

This is my domain - moving fast in high mountains.
Spent 2.5 hrs lunch , doze and short walk up to side peak with much better views .

Great views of the Grand Teton far right with a small glacier near the peak, one of several in the Tetons.
Bear spray always ready. 

 Grand teton to the far Right
 Delta Lake

Grand Tetons

The little Switzerland of the USA.   a 40 mile fault line that rose these mnts recently.  World class skiing at Jackson.

Exum Mountain Guides, where Alex Lowe was a guide. 
The grand Teton at 4300m  dominates.  
Lucky with good weather until last evening.

 Jenny Lake 
 The Paintbrush trail I did in 2000
 Walk to leigh Lake

Yellowstone Nat Park

Busy... even in Sept.   Best thing is to go on a short walk to get away from the snapping photos of animals crowds.  We find an isolated camp at pebble ck.  We get the last place...  
After a few geysers on the last day we hurry on to the Tetons, which is not busy and more my kind of place. 

 The Road from Glacier... typically flat and daunting land. 
 Sapphire Pond

 Trout Lake

 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Glacier National Park

Grandiose , Swiss- like mountains on the border with Canada, Just south of Banff. 
Except with bears to watch out for. And wolves in there.
we arrived just after a fine sprinkling of snow. 

the main road is a bit of a circus,  but we find peace in the SE corner at "painted lakes". 

15 sept   Glacier NP, painted lakes full moon…

magic  moment at painted lakes…
wood or indian flute playing… 

i stretch….  and calm down….  me time. 
so spiritual… indian like flute, full moon illuminating landscape and snow tops. 
these are the moments that really get into your soul….  
don't get them snapping photos at viewpoint or in fancy alpine restaurants or hotels..
or peak bagging or … any other of the myriad things we focus on that dont really bring happiness.

it’s that mystical peace that is missing in the bustle of the modern world.

 Town of Troy

 Painted lakes area