Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Friday, January 19, 2018
The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #81:
Daze, #81: The Skinner bothers listen to my pitch about doing a winter camping trip into the Wind River Mountains of WY as a story for POWDER magazine, and they feel we could do one, but they want to be sure I am aware of what will be required. There are NO access roads into the range that are plowed in the winter, therefore we will have about 15-20 miles to cover just crossing flatter, ranch terrain. They want to have a “work” group to support me and themselves in camp, and they offer to bring in some experienced college “kids” who assist them in the summer with their outdoor education school. They also want the trip to have a specific purpose and destination, so it is decided that for brother, Monty’s 5oth birthday, we will summit Bald Mountain, a sizable peak in the heart of the range. I am also told that to gain access to the range, we will be “packed in” to the foothills, by ranching friends with snowmobiles. This is as much as I might have hoped for, so Vicki and I leave our breakfast with the Skinner brothers excited that a winter expedition can be accomplished. We spend the rest of the day and night in Pinedale, and the wind continues to howl. It subsidies before down, though, and we head back to California on a bright, cold, crystal-clear day. Interestingly, as soon as we leave the flatness of the high plains around Pinedale, and enter a more hill-and-valley environment, we see this EVERYWHERE! The cornices have been built by the winds of the previous day. The warmth of the sun is causing pieces to fall onto the slopes below. The deep loose powder, covered by hardened wind crust fractures, causing an avalanche DOWN TO BEDROCK on a slope that is not even very steep. Vicki looks over at me and says, “It looks like it will be an interesting skiing adventure. I may pass!"
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