John Gerberding and Jeff Thompson organized an early summer hike with some of the crew who originally hiked the Elwah 30 year ago and 15 years ago. It was great to see the upper damn blown out – which caused the road to the trailhead to wash out about 6.5 miles downstream. We benefited from this because few people were actually hiking into the river valley, just up to the dam and back so we felt like we had the entire Elwah to ourselves (with the wildlife!). Patrick Boyer came in from Arizona and John Dossett came up from Portland. Also on the trip were Greg Latimer, Ralph Murray, John Gerberding, Jeff Thompson and myself.
John Howell picked a great hike this year for our annual boyz excursion into the woods and off the grid. Five men entered the Never Summer Wilderness to hike, fish, drink, cross the Continental Divide (twice), play in the snow and get Rocky Mountain High (12,200′ to be exact). Participants included Rob Blake (Montana), John Howell (Texas), Pat Boyer (Arizona), Scott & Jeff Thompson (Washington) – all fraternity brothers from Trinity (San Antonio).
Click here for the photos of the trip.
Highlights and memories included:
- Everyone had early flights to Colorado to get in, get geared up, buy fishing licenses, etc.
- Fishing in Big Thompson River outside of Estes Park
- Big Kahuna BBQ dinner at Smokin’ Daves
- First day hike, 7.5 miles to Bowen Lake – 2,100′ gain – Blue Bird Day hiking, but snow started in late afternoon after we got tents set-up – nailed it!
- Saw TWO bull moose on the way to Bowen – massive! check the pictures.
- All day Saturday was snow, fishing (Pat was only winner on fishing), big bon fire, napping and relaxing. Scott got two holes of golf in to keep the tradition alive.
- Day three – Patricks Birthday! – Rewarded with 8 tough miles through Bowen Pass, Continental Divide to Parika Lake. Another bluebird day, incredible views and Pat had his Oxygen Blast birthday gift to keep us all oxygenated. Highest point was 12,200′.
- We had another great campsite about 1/3 mile below the lake – once we set-up back to lake for fishing – killed it! 5 beautiful Eastern Brook Trout (Scott 2, Jeff 1, Patrick 2, Rob 0)
- Grilled fish and bourbon tasting Sunday Night – Also, clear sky’s and bright stars for gazing
- Monday – another blue bird day for the easy 7.5 mile hike out.
Our annual boyz hike took us into the deep into the Northeastern Hills of the Cascade Mountains – Lyman Lakes – courtesy of our planner this year Eric Plateau. The hike included a drive to Chelan, some excellent Chicken Fried Steak at the Apple Cup Diner, a boat ride on Lake Chelan to Lucerne, a school bus ride 11 miles in and up to Holden Village and then 9 miles on the trail. The journey to the trail head was really fun and interesting and had it’s own set of stories.
However, the jewel of the trip was the hike. From Holden Village, we passed an old copper mine, dozens of waterfalls, hundreds of mushrooms, boulder fields, forest floor, long vista, Hart Lake (for lunch), streams, bridges and very few other people. It was an incredibly beautiful hike despite getting rained on the last 4 miles. Fortunately, we had incredible weather for the next two full days we were there and then had rain on the way out – our timing was stellar.
Once we hit Lower Lyman Lake – the beauty only went up – literally – to upper Lyman and the Lyman Glacier. The usual activities occurred – eating, drinking, fishing, Frisbee golf, day hikes, glacier snow gathering and wild animal stare-downs (marmots and deer mostly). Eric and I were fortunate enough to hook some trout in Lower Lyman, Greg and I donated disc’s to the mountain Gods and Dave got to spend a dry night at Rebel Camp.
Below are my photos from the trip. Next year it is Dave’s turn to pick and based on early discussions, we’re going back to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll regale you with the gory details at our next poker session. Cheers.
I just posted the list of Boyz Hikes through the years. Thanks to Anthony for assembling the initial list. Shoot me email or comment if you want to update the comments. Click here to see the list…
In 2007, we took one of the great Boyz Hike (13 years and running!) to Glacier Park Montana. We started at Lake McDonald and hiked up to Arrow Lake. The next day we hiked to Camas Lake for two nights and a day hike to an upper lake whose name escapes me :-). On our way back we stopped at Trout Lake. We fished every lake and pulled fish out of each. Great hike, great team, great time.
Usual Suspects Included:
- Jeff Thompson – Planner, Leader, Fisherman
- Greg Latimer – Flight Master
- Eric Plateau – Scandinavian Fish Master
- John Gerberding – The man who drives many miles without sleep
- Dave Dawson – I can make it! Yes I can!
- Patrick Boyer – Yes, another Trinity Chi Delt on the hike
- Scott Fasser – GPS Boy/Failure
Here is a web album from Google that has all the picks – enjoy!