One other team has been formed, however, and is already trip planning for a section of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. The mosquitoes are going to be nasty, but the views should more than make up for any welts. Lush green, glacially-carved valleys nestle among jagged peaks as the Continental Divide juts up from the Great Divide Basin to the south. The team will cover right at 50 miles, refreshed from a stay at the charmingly rustic Big Sandy Lodge. Here's the team:
Leon Nelson: Team co-leader; Backpacker map contributor; more than 50 years backpacking in Northern CA; hasn't used a tent since 1984.
Mike Nelson:Team co-leader; avid geocacher; mountain biker; completed several epic father-son trips with
Nancy Huber: Triathlete, ultra-marathoner; has climbed
Thom Gabrukiewicz: Outdoor writer/editor; guidebook author; team executive chef.
Roger Cannell: CPA, marine pilot & still flies own aircraft "all over" the States; extensive use of GPS; former Philmont Scout Ranch staffer.
Bill Zellman: Experienced backpack crony (and boyhood friend) of Roger.
The photo is of Leon and a beloved tarp, by the way. My question to Leon: what made you kick the tent in '84?