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May in the Thorofare
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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
May in the Thorofare on 05/23/2010 08:38:34 MDT Print View

Here's the obligatory video:

Moreso than normal, words fail here. This was a powerful experience.

Warm conditions made the skiing gnar factor pretty high, and that was before my d%@$ homemade bindings broke (more on that in the MYOG forum).

The trails were saturated, and my feet were dry for about 20 minutes starting out, total. Thin wool liners, Hydroskin socks, MT100s, and scree gaiters kept my feet quite happy considering what they were subjected to.

The river crossings were not bad at all. The Yellowstone was big and opaque with sediment, but Thorofare and Mountain Creeks were clear and cold (very cold). I found a way across the former that kept my nutz dry, and the later was swift but barely knee deep. All in all they blended into the many, many knee deep creek wades.

I had ridiculously excellent camps all three nights, but Park Point North on Yellowstone Lake takes the cake. The grassy bluff, cobbled beach, 20 mph biting wind, and big frozen lake could have fooled me into thinking I was camped on Isle Royale or Pictured Rocks, until I realized it was mid-May, I was at 8000', and I could see the tips of the Grand Teton and Mt Moran off to the SW.

I intend to write more later (perhaps a proper essay/article) once I've had some time and perspective to help me understand this thing we do called backpacking. Life is good!

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
May in the Thorofare on 05/23/2010 08:55:07 MDT Print View

Nice TR / TV (Trip Video). It looks as if the MLD TrailStar worked very well for this adventure. Do you have a posted gear list?


Edited by thomdarrah on 05/23/2010 08:56:27 MDT.

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
enjoyed on 05/23/2010 11:47:03 MDT Print View

Enjoyed the report. I want to walk the Thorofare someday.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: gear on 05/23/2010 12:04:04 MDT Print View

I'm a huge fan of the Trailstar. At the lake camp the winds where steady at 20 mph, and after dark started gusting to 35 or so easily. The TS was rock solid the whole time, and remarkably little breeze got under the caternary cut edges. It's huge for a solo shelter, but small and light enough that I don't mind bringing it over anything else.

No gear list posted as of now. Perhaps in the future when I put an article together. Aside from the short skis and sock system nothing was especially remarkable, though I will say that my shell system (Arcteryx Alpha SL pullover and Montane Featherlite pants) was perfect (and I wore both pieces 85% of the trip).

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: May in the Thorofare on 05/23/2010 12:27:48 MDT Print View

I really liked the slog across the "trail lake".

Sometimes that's what you gotta do. And you find out... it's not Too bad.


David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
words found on 11/16/2010 21:54:01 MST Print View

An un-short writeup of this trip, and of subjects related:

A not small part of me still can't believe I pulled it off.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Great Trip report! on 11/17/2010 09:44:39 MST Print View

Nice to Yellowstone that time of year.