Map) in the High Uintas Wilderness of northern Utah. Chris is from Portland, so I think I ran
him pretty hard up over 10,000 feet for his first real backpacking trip. The weather was iffy for
the whole trip, but somehow we managed to avoid any storms or any major rain. I really don't
know how we avoided some pretty nasty looking storms, but several of them just went right
around us. We did see new snow on a peak north of the basin, however...it was August 5th.
The snow was gone by the next morning, but I don't like thinking about the impending
winter...especially at the beginning of August. We had a really nice, hike, though. We only saw
one other group hiking on the opposite side of Grand Daddy, despite the fact the trailhead was
pretty crowded. A ranger at the trailhead said most of the cars belonged to day hikers, or
backpackers who would be leaving that morning. That was nice to learn, because I have
noticed the Grand Daddy trailhead can get pretty crowded. Apparently the solution to avoiding
the crowds is simply not to backpack on Friday night.