The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon Lake

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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby Selkie » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:25 pm

Thanks for dropping by and responding, Joey! I understand the backcountry has you 90% of the time.
I've been re-reading the Yellowstone section (one of them) of Doug Peacock's Grizzly Years. In these pages he's not far from the Thorofare, watching bears, and about to head up to Montana, to serve as a guide for a biologist ground tracking a collared bear, heading south cross-country from Waterton Lake. Pretty neat stuff, and more interesting if one knows the terrain at least somewhat. He is around and active; helps out the Yaak folks from time to time.

So, I'll look forward to more videos of WA state and northern PCT (or ?JMT).

Take care! Come back and visit us from time to time!

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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby paul » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:30 am

This is one of my favorite trip reports, so I figure I would bump it up.
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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby joybird » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:14 pm

paul wrote:This is one of my favorite trip reports, so I figure I would bump it up.


Paul, I suspect you’ll be especially jazzed to see Joey’s most recent posting too:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4R02wgvz5i8

I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole thing yet, but as part of this trip he apparently landed a two-night, dispersed camping permit up on the Sue Lake bench! :mrgreen:

I know what I’m gonna be watching this week... :arrow:

Thanks for the early Christmas present, Joey.

Merry Holidays, all!
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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby paul » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:09 am

Thanks for the tip Joybird! Can't wait to watch it.

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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby Langdon Greene » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:54 pm

Oh man, I will have to watch this! This is a route I have fantasized about for quite a few years now. Unfortunately, I think I ultimately concluded that my wife would hate me for it (she is not a fan of bushwhacking, scree, or vert exposure) so it's probably off my To Do list. :cry:

btw, I am a big fan of Joey's videos.... have been for a few years now. First discovered his trip reports on a different backpacking site, BCP, I think.

Hope to meet you someday in person. Party on!
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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby Fairbanks142 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:54 am

I just watched this video. It's excellent. Epic!

For that last leg down to Grace Lake....Russ Schneider's fishing guide book describes "a nasty little bushwack for less than a mile" above the inlet of Grace Lake to the next lake above, for another lake with less fishing pressure than Grace Lake (Marian Lake). After watching what you went through coming down through there to get to Grace Lake....no thanks!
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Re: The Thunderbird Traverse to Jefferson Pass & Gyrfalcon L

Postby dpratt » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:33 am

Back in 2006, I spent some time at Logging and Grace Lakes. While at Grace, I bushwhacked to the head of the lake and spent an afternoon fishing and a little bit of swimming (it was a warm day). My buddy and I wanted to bushwhack up to the next lake on the bench above, but the avalanche wreckage would make that a very nasty affair. I can certainly understand why Joey said he would never do that again. Even the bushwhack from the campground to the head of the lake was kind of nasty. There is a very old and faint trail that appears to have been abandoned years ago, but at one point I sunk up to my hip in nasty smelling muck. If my friend wasn't with me, that would have been difficult to get out of. Once I was out of it, we had a good laugh, despite the stink.

If you liked this video of Joey's (MyOwnFrontier), be sure to check out his others. They are all pretty epic.
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