Wind River Range 2012
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Dylan Snodgrass
(TrueNorth)

Locale: San Francisco, CA
Wind River Range 2012 on 03/06/2013 09:43:36 MST Print View

Hello everybody! I managed to do a few trips this last summer before my new job started. When I was 16 I did a NOLS 28 day trip in the Sisters wilderness of Oregon. Of course I had a total crush on one of the guides a mountain girl named Amy with strong legs and amazing wilderness skills. She always talked of the Wind River Range. Needless to say I have spent many a night since staring at maps of the WRR and dreaming of a backcountry trip in this fantastic mountain range. Well... it finally happened! Check it out I hope you enjoy it.

http://dylanlovesbikes.blogspot.com/2013/03/wind-river-range-2012.html

Wilderness Sign

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Shelter on 03/07/2013 14:21:08 MST Print View

Great report and photos. Do you have a shot with your SL2 including the new netting? I am going to modify one of mine to include netting, but can't come to a conclusion as to how I want to do it. I am teetering between a perimeter netting including door, and netting to include a floor as well.

Thanks
Ben

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Winds on 03/07/2013 15:04:49 MST Print View

Yes, great report. I was there in September last year but worked long hours right away when I got back and never posted a report. I like the mosquito scale. Nice thing about September, 0 on the mosquito scale.

I'd like to see pics of the shelter mod as well. I have an SL3 and when I got it I bought mesh to sew on the bottom. But so far I've never had a big issue with them coming in so I haven't done it. Didn't want to add the weight for something I won't need very often. I have the nest but I'm not hauling that along. I like Ben's idea of having two and modifying one for when I might need the extra protection. I'll have to keep any eye out for a used SL3.

Dylan Snodgrass
(TrueNorth)

Locale: San Francisco, CA
Winds: SL-2 Shelter Modification on 03/07/2013 18:58:40 MST Print View

Here is what the shelter looks like currently. My idea is to replace all the stake out/tie out points with linelocs and triptease to save some weight and compensate some for adding the bug netting. Have I done this yet? No... but I plan to. I only backpack during the summer months and never in very challenging conditions so I'm not worried about snow and the netting getting wet and freezing or such situations. Also I realize this is by no means the lightest option. I LOVE the SL-2 for its roomy interior (1 person), super easy/ fast setup, and total bombproof weather worthiness. I love it so much I think I'm going to sell my TarpTent Moment. Whoa!

Front door of shelter with netting barely visible below.
sl1-2

Front door open.
sl1-1

Close up of door area from inside shelter.
sl1-3

Rear of SL-2 w/netting barely visible.
sl1-4

Rear of SL-2 from inside shelter.
sl1-5

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Door on 03/07/2013 19:08:41 MST Print View

Do you also have netting over the door? If so, is there just a zipper in the same place as the zipper on the fly?

Also, what length is the netting on yours, and do you think it is long enough or whould you use a different length if you had to do it again?

Thanks for posting the pictures!

Ben

Edited by bwortman on 03/07/2013 19:11:36 MST.

Dylan Snodgrass
(TrueNorth)

Locale: San Francisco, CA
SL-2 Shelter Mods on 03/07/2013 19:29:32 MST Print View

No netting at the door. My feeling was I didn't need it. Current setup is what I consider the minimum so I have a place to get away from the bugs. I have had a few trips almost ruined by my inability to escape from the bugs and anymore I won't sleep with just my headnet and deal. So... with all compromises there is good and bad. I'll be testing it out soon up here on the North Coast of CA with some early season adventures sure hope it works!
I have noticed that for the most part any flies that get in wind up circling around at the top by the vents and don't really bother you. Trying out the SL-2 and the modifications came from the reviews and ideas of Dondo Outdoors and BedRockAndParadox
both who actually use their stuff on a regular basis (unlike me!) and I value their opinions.
I should also note that the sewing done by BearPaw was done quickly and top notch.

Dondo review of the SL-2:
http://dondo1.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/about-the-gear-james-peak-wilderness-loop/

BedRockAndParadox musing about the SL-2:
http://bedrockandparadox.com/2012/04/15/trailstar-v-shangrila-2/

Edit: Netting is aprx 15 inches and I would say just right.

Edited by TrueNorth on 03/07/2013 19:32:19 MST.

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Zzzzzzzzz on 03/08/2013 15:26:42 MST Print View

Did you have to share your friends shelter because the mosquitoes were coming under the SL2 at night, or was it more due to them bothering you before you went to sleep while you were hanging?

Edited by bwortman on 03/08/2013 15:27:18 MST.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Stoke on 03/10/2013 23:20:04 MDT Print View

Great report to help get the stoke going. Also, your partner seems like a colorful guy. I don't really grasp the whole bike messenger/CX culture, but oddly enough I did buy my first road bike today so it was also fun to read about "Chica Sexy" etc.

Is the weather usually that dry over there, or were you guys just super lucky?

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Winds on 03/12/2013 10:23:46 MDT Print View

Good good stuff Dylan. I will probably regret not having gone on this one for a long time. However, it looks like you had a perfect trip and I'm sure we will hike again soon. I dig reading about your trips, your just rad and stoned on nature and it comes through. As you know, my experience with the super spiral bag is exactly the same as yours. Super comfy but switched because it left me cold. Fred sounds like an awesome friend, good times.

Michael K
(chinookhead) - F - M
camera? on 03/24/2013 07:35:54 MDT Print View

Wow! Great report. Looked like fun. What camera were you using?

Eric Jahn-Clough
(ejcfree) - F - M

Locale: off grid
Re: Wind River Range 2012 on 03/25/2013 08:54:14 MDT Print View

Hi Dylan (& Fred),

What a nice trip you had. I found our chat and the tea you offered very pleasant. So nice to have encounters with great guys such as yourselves way out there like that. A gorgeous morning with a good linger really adds to a pass.

I had such a super time on my 18 day hike that I'm planning on 30 for this coming season. The backcountry resupply, though needing a big investment, totally made it for me.

I don't generally photograph people, but I did manage to get one of each of you ;)

See You Out There, Eric


dylanDylan climbs the pass-the red spot right of center


fredFred peers over the edge-you might need to zoom