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The Mountain Guides
  • This longer, six-day expedition approaches Gannett Peak from the west side of the Wind River Mountain Range. Take a scenic hike on Photographer’s Point and Seneca Lake, admire the jagged crown of peaks skirting Titcomb Basin and camp on Mt. Helen before a long alpine climb to Gannett Peak.

    • Drive from the guide’s office to the Elkhart Park trailhead on Pole Creek Trail. Hike past the scenic Photographer’s Point and Seneca Lake. Establish camp near Island Lake and rest up before the long journey ahead.

    • Start the day with a 4.5-mile hike to the head of Titcomb Basin and up the glacier-carved valley. Enjoy walking along mile-long emerald lakes as the jagged peaks of Fremont, Sacagawea and Mt. Helen loom above you. In preparation for the next day’s challenges, practice snow climbing and self-arrest techniques in a nearby snowfield.

    • Kick off the day with an early alpine start to the top of Gannett Peak and return to camp before nightfall. Expect a 14-hour day of mountaineering on technical routes, alpine glaciers and sections that require snow climbing and rock scrambling.

    • Having accomplished your goal, it’s time to wind down a bit and enjoy the beauty of Wind River some more. Explore, take photos, try your hand in fishing! There’s plenty of lakes in the area.

    • On the final day of the expedition revisit Seneca Lake, Hobbs, and Eklund Lakes. Savor the spectacular views of Titcomb Basin and Gannett Peak from Photographer’s Point. 

    • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 or 6 days of hiking and climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • All technical climbing gear
      • Breakfast and dinners in the backcountry
      • Tent
      • Cooking equipment

      What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodation
      • Equipment drop/portage and shuttle fees
      • Lunch and snacks
      • Parking
      • Permits and licenses ($345 is paid per person to the to the Wind River reservation for transportation and fishing licenses)
    • Both the 5-day and 6-day expeditions are strenuous treks that require a high level of fitness. You need to be prepared for a full day of hiking and snow climbing while carrying your equipment and gaining elevation up to almost 14.000 feet. 

    • Your guides supply all the helmets, ropes, pickets, belays, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented and purchased in their Jackson office. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it.

      Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Crampons – during winter months, can be rented
      • Ice axe – during winter months, can be rented
      • Ski goggles – during winter months, can be rented
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Gloves
      • Hiking pants
      • Hiking socks
      • Fleece jacket
      • Warm, down jacket
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Rain pants (depend of the season)
      • Wool hat
      • Comfortable shoes for camp
      • A three-season sleeping bag and mat
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Fishing gear
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Group sizes and prices:

      • The group size for these private trips is usually 3 people with one guide. 
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family. 

      Group pricing is for 2–3 people on a trip. You will be matched with other interested participants on group trips. 

      Hiking and Climbing on Gannett Peak can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

      Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors as young as 15 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • The closest airport is the one in Jackson Hole, but Idaho Falls (a 2.5-hour drive) and Salt Lake City (4-5 hour drive) are also air travel options.

      It’s best to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip to properly acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by the guide’s office for an equipment check.

      The Elkhart Park trailhead is located 14 miles east of Pinedale, while Wind River Range trips and classes operate out of the guide’s Jackson headquarters. Most trips start from this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Wyoming please refer to the official website of the Wyoming Department of Health.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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