On our way to Twin Lakes

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We packed up and headed for a new camp.  I've walked with a backpack before but I haven't done any real backpacking where I carried everything I needed for days.  My pack was probably somewhere around 40 pounds.  We walked for approximately five miles with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain to our new camp, which was in between Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes and approximately where I put the marker on the map.  Fortunately, it was dry in the morning when we packed and stayed relatively dry for most of our hike although still cold and damp.

We saw more wildlife at the new camp.  This camp was next to a stream in a valley.  Across the valley from our camp was an area of exposed minerals that female Dall sheep, an entirely white variety, lick.  We could see the little white dots moving around but we never got very close to them. 

We also saw a few grizzly bears.  Two of them were together and were most likely a mother and cub.  The larger of them then drove off the other one.  One of the guides had seen a mother with two cubs in the same general area the previous week.  This was probably the same mother telling the second cub that it was time to go.  Fortunately, the grizzlies stayed on their side of the stream.

We also saw a porcupine.  He was trying to cross the stream but it wasn't going well.  He kept trying different spots but never found a place where he thought he could get across.  He eventually gave up and stayed on his side.  He seemed oblivious to us the entire time even though we were very close.

The day after our move, Wednesday, 7/28/10, we took a hike farther down the valley in which we were camped and around the corner into a side valley toward the source of the stream next to our camp.  The weather was cold and wet all day.

We'll be moving, again, tomorrow.
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