Joseph Hallenbeck

Wanderlust

March 23, 2015

Trails: Wolf Creek

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Details Location: Alpine, WY Length: 1 mi (Winter) Water Access: Yes (Winter) Usage: Light (Winter) Highlights: Limestone escarpments, pine forest cover Safety Concerns: Winter avalanches, embankments too steep for safe winter hiking. River crossings. In February, we found much of the nearby trails around Jackson, WY either packed or simply closed off from excursions. This has become a recurring theme in Jackson and one that is getting rather tiresome. We turned to looking westward and in turn into the Snake River Range between Hoback and Alpine, WY. The canyon is rather steep walled, but a number of drainages into the...
March 16, 2015

Trails: Sweeney Ridge

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Details Location: Pinedale, WY Length: 6 mi Water Access: None Usage: Moderate Highlights: Spectacular view of the wind river range, Half Moon Lake and Pinedale Safety Concerns: Steep embankments in areas After venturing to Half Moon lake several times throughout February we decided to check out the cross country ski trails on top of the nearby ridge. We found these trails to be in much heavier use during the day time than aforementioned Half Moon, but for what they gave up in solitude we gained in views. Sweeney Road, an ungroomed cross country tail, is perhaps the most isolating and...
March 09, 2015

Trails: Half Moon Lake

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Details Location: Pinedale, WY Length: 3 mi (Winter) Water Access: None (Winter) Usage: Light (Winter) Highlights: View of Half Moon Lake, Windriver Range Safety Concerns: Care should be taken with ice depth. I have found no official ice-depth reports The Wind River Range in Pinedale, WY has a number of trails open for snow shoes or cross country skis year round. In our ventures south of Jackson, we have found the range rather open although range closures do exist in areas and many a Forest Service road turns into snowmobile track. The paved road to Fremont lake, however, remains plowed...
December 03, 2010

A Return from the Southwest

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I just returned from a month-long road trip around the southwest. After six long months at Jewel Cave, a few weeks of camping in the frigid nights of a desert winter, waking to gusting winds, and traversing three-thousand miles of the American west, I feel a renewed vigor for returning to work. I notice that film equipment never fails to break right before a big trip (when I toured Ireland in 2008 my auto-focus on my telephoto lens broke). This time I not only broke my tripod immediately before the trip, I discovered that my flashgun wouldn’t fire on the...