Williams Peak yurt


Bob and I help the Sawtooth Mountain Guides crew get the yurt ready for winter

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The deal was that if you help put the yurt up, you can stay in it for free. I didn't get the particulars about when or for how long, but it still seemed like a fun thing to do. Everyone else was staying for the weekend, but I had to get home for a group meeting for one of my classes. So I told Kirk I would carry a big load, since I would have little in the way of personal gear.

After i told Kirk how much I thought I could carry, he told me to bring my biggest pack. When I got to his house, I loaded up: 6 cans of Coleman, 1/2 case of beer, three 16 oz. cans of chili, and several more bags of food, such as Snickers, etc. Then I had my own personal gear and two quarts of water. And my pack weighs 7 pounds empty. You do the math; it was heavy.


It's about 4 miles to the yurt, with around 2000' of elevation. I got pretty slow on the steep parts, but still managed to get there just a few minutes after everyone else.

This is a view back toward the White Clouds, and I think that's Caulkens, D.O. Lee, and WCP-9 (left to right). I had wanted to go there this weekend.....

Tom and John at Three Cabins trailhead

We built yurt for a while, then my assignment was to walk half a mile to the lake and fill a 5 gallon jug with water, and lug it back. Someone asked, "Was it heavy?" It was a LOT lighter than what I lugged up the mountain.

A beautiful day at 8000' for this time of year- sunny, and t-shirts. This is a zoomed-in picture of Washington Peak, further south in the White Clouds. In the morning, it had been totally white.

I had a beer, then ran back to the car, dreaming of fresh powder.

Tom on Bible Back mountain

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