May will be the 12th month of my campaign to visit Yellowstone NP in every month of the year. It is also when I will graduate from grad school, ergo I want to end both projects with a bang.
I want to backpack across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, S-N or N-S. While late May will mean high streams and a good bit of snow, it's the only time available, as I will need to get a realy job soon, and asking for 10 days off straight away is not the most efficacious tactic.
So I am looking for two things:
I want to do good miles each day, but also plenty of photography and hanging out. Conditions will be on the challenging side, and the weather unpredicatable. Strong senses of humor and adventure are mandatory. I live in Montana, so the logistics should be pretty workable.
As for the route, my rough plan is as follows. Start at Moran Junction, up Pacific Creek, down Atlantic Creek, down the Thorofare, east coast of Yellowstone Lake, Howard Eaton on east side of Yellowstone River, Wapiti Lake, XC to Specimen Ridge, Slough Creek, Wounded Man Creek, Stillwater River, Woodbine TH. The YNP portion I'm familiar with, and like that route. The Teton Wilderness and Absaroka sections, not at all. I'm trying to balance good scenery and variety with a route low enough that things like snowshoes and ice axes would not be needed.