Alpine Meadows
The Ultimate backpacking high!

Ya gotta hike and climb up high, maybe 10 or 12 or 14 thousand feet, and carry on your back whatever you need for a few days, but the rewards are spectacular!  Only the Grizz and Marmots live this high. Summer comes and goes in a few short weeks.   Colorado, Wyoming,  Montana, British Columbia, Peru; it just keeps getting better the more remote you get.

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12,000 feet; alpine flowers everywhere!
 Alpine flowers everywhere!  I've spent dozens of nights up in these alpine meadows, and they each have their own special memories.

Headed for the ridge, and hoping the Grizz see me coming early enough to let me pass!
  If you are gonna see Grizzly Bear,  this is the place!  (Bring your camera and remain calm but alert!)

The lake looks great for a bivy, but up to the ridge first for sunset and dinner!
 If you can go ultra-lightweight, and bivouac overnight in these special  high places, you'll be in for a treat that you will never forget!

  I was fishing up at one of those 12,000 foot alpine lakes one August in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, and ran into this drunken fisherman one evening.  Most of the lake was still frozen, but here near the outlet where we camped was open.  I watched him catch a whole mess of Cutthroat Trout just before sunset, and we shared a couple of 'em (and some beers) for supper.  Later that night he swore he was planning to take a swim the next morning, even though the water was only about 38 degrees!  Sure enough the next morning he stripped down and waded in, then stood there in about four inches of water for half an hour.   Of course he never really did go in past his ankles, but I think he did get a nice sunburn on his butt!

(Too bad I had to compress these down so small to fit them on my ftp space.  If you saw them in full resolution, you would be blown away.)

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Page created and updated by Tim D; August 1999