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Gannett Peak Step It Up and Ski it Down

Wind River Mountains, WY

April 12, 2007

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By:Amy McCarthy

A group of concerned ski mountaineers really STEPPED IT UP on Saturday...all the way to the top of Wyoming's high point (Gannett Peak, 13,804'). The group of six climbers/skiers were joined by the editor of the Jackson Hole News & Guide, as well as a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio for this four-day expedition. The group is from Jackson Hole and they began their journey on 4/12 with a carpool of 8 people(plus one uber-mountain-mutt), including skis, food, backpacks, and camping gear packed into two vehicles. Departing from the Trail Lake Trailhead in Dubois, WY, the group hiked and skied 25 miles (50 miles round-trip) into the basin where the Dinwoody Glacier is in retreat. Establishing two camps along the way, on Saturday morning, the group departed from their high camp at 6:30 a.m. to make an ascent of Gannett peak, skiing both the Gooseneck and Dinwoody Glaciers down.
Upon the summit, we displayed our banner created by a group of engaged 7th grade students from Jackson Hole Middle School who call themselves the "Global Warming Hero League." They are on the path to bring about the change encouraged by Step It Up! We were proud to hold their banner on Wyoming's high point.
After some snacks and photos upon this Wind River summit, we descended via skis down the glacier to establish our last camp along the frozen Dinwoody Creek, each vowing to Step It Up, so that there will continue to be glaciers to ski down and to provide water and beauty for centuries to come.

Ski mountaineers in Wyoming summit the state's high point (Gannett Peak (13,804') to ski the receding glaciers of the Wind River Mountains.

By:Amy McCarthy

Here's an article from the Jackson Hole News and Guide about our event and others in Jackson, WY.

By:Amy McCarthy

A report on our Step It Up - Ski it Down Expedition can be heard on Wyoming Public Radio. See link below.