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PostThu May 15, 2008 8:33 pm 
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PostThu May 15, 2008 9:15 pm 
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Nice TR, interesting info on the granite boulders that hitched a ride on the glaciers from Canada up.gif
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PostThu May 15, 2008 9:21 pm 
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Shack, I always look at your pics and think "now why dont my hikes look like that?"    lol.gif

I try though, here's my version of a GW river shot:

Gray Wolf just above first washout
Gray Wolf just above first washout
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PostThu May 15, 2008 10:11 pm 
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I love the calypso orchids.  They look like they're laughing, don't they?

Gorgeous pics  up.gif  You have an excellent eye; maybe two!

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PostFri May 16, 2008 8:01 am 
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Beautiful pictures, and write up. Crews sure have been busy up there! wow.
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PostFri May 16, 2008 9:39 am 
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R.I.P. Gray Wolf Footbridge, ca. 1930-1999
1994 photo courtesy of Don Abbott, looking back from a site that is now a landslide in Jim's photo 26 above.
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PostFri May 16, 2008 11:01 am 
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Shacknasty Jim wrote:

IMO, the perfect time to visit the Graywolf is during November, after a hard frost. The feel of isolation increases.....

Great TR and great pics SNJ! Love it all. The feeling of isolation is exactly why I love the Gray Wolf. Those narrow canyon areas really do  take you far away from the real world and into the raw wild. Beautiful!
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PostSat May 17, 2008 12:58 am 
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Very sweet report and pics. We really need that bridge fixed, darn it, since there are so few low-elevation hikes left. I mean, we're not talking about millions of dollars here.

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PostSun May 18, 2008 7:55 am 
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I hiked up to the bridge, when it was still standing...the Graywolf is a lovely hike.  At the time the trail uphill was closed due to severe slide...which is still, apparently, an issue preventing the reopening of the section to Slab Camp.  I agree...we need to keep these lower elevations trails open, if at all possible...

Thanks Jim for your great write-up, photos and geology lesson.

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PostTue May 20, 2008 8:28 am 
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RodF wrote:
R.I.P. Gray Wolf Footbridge, ca. 1930-1999
1994 photo courtesy of Don Abbott, looking back from a site that is now a landslide in Jim's photo 26 above.


Ha, that is great!   This is the bridge that Robert Wood described as indestructable, or "higher than the water could possibly rise", or something like that in one of his guides.

Few years ago I shimmied across one of the logs bridging the span and it wasnt a big deal even for someone like me with average to above average fear of heights and uncertain footings.  I relayed this account to a scout troop leader who was approaching the area with a large group, looking for a reasonable camp site.  I suggested that they could spread out in the nice camp on the other side.  In reply, he deadpanned: "Its bad form to return with fewer boys than you left with"      lol.gif
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PostTue May 20, 2008 4:43 pm 
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The year I saw the bridge, it had already been partially smashed from a fallen log, whether water-borne or air-borne, I don't know.  And the next year found the bridge now missing in action.  So much for invincible bridges; they're just wood/steel after all.  Look what happened to the Dose Bridge; out for 3 - 4 years???

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