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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 27, 2011 - 08:30pm PT
Took a little airplane ride this morning. Chanced to fly over the southern Wind River range, got a look right down on... oh hell, take a look for yourself:

Actually dozed off for a spell but when I peeked out the winder looky what I saw!


Northern Winds, from the south west.


I knew it was gonna be good.


Holy shit!


Can you find Pingora in this photo?


A little closer look? I wanted to shake the man next to me, make him look and ask him... do you know? DO YOU KNOW????


I can see Steeple Peak poking up in this photo, as well as Haystack. This is High-Lowe Country.


Something else, eh?


I was happy to see em this way, and sorry too. Sad to see them fade into the background.


Here's the leading edge of Wyoming oil and gas country....


Then the big lonely of eastern Wyoming. The anticlines photograph better in winter. But then, what's this round bit of forest rising out of the northern prairies?


And pray tell, what are THOSE?


Hmmm, down there, slightly left of center, do you see a lone chopper?


In all that, all THAT, the act of chopping one stinking bolt reverberated for 2000 miles.


Say goodbye to the Black Hills too.


Then a glimpse of the northern edge of the Badland, stretching to the south beneath the airplane's belly.


But these are the real badlands if you nawmean?


And then bing bang boom.... here I am


On a port, on a LAKE, in the middle of the continent.


See ya!
DMT
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Sep 27, 2011 - 08:34pm PT
WOW. . .

TFPU!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Sep 27, 2011 - 08:37pm PT
DMT nice shots. I think I saw my house. What are you doing over yonder?
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Sep 27, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
Dingus, thought I could make out pingora and wolfs head?
TFPU!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Sep 27, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
tanx for the TRIP Ding!...
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Sep 27, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Thanks for the Pics. Love the Winds!
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:49pm PT
when we were filming the range at low altitude a few days ago there was a big forest fire between Mt Temple and Big Sandy Meadow with the smoke blowing up into the northern part of the range and the fringe of the southern part of the range

flight home today

mts above Ely NV
mts above Ely NV
Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Ely NV
Ely NV
Credit: TomCochrane

blimps
blimps
Credit: TomCochrane

huge mine, tailings pond and tailings pile
huge mine, tailings pond and tailings pile
Credit: TomCochrane

mysterious earth fill and aquaduct
mysterious earth fill and aquaduct
Credit: TomCochrane

Pyramid Lake and Anaho Island where the Pelicans and Cormorants breed
Pyramid Lake and Anaho Island where the Pelicans and Cormorants breed
Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:53pm PT
Sure can see the magnitude of the beetle bark infestation from your shot.

Honk the next time ya fly over and I'll wave.
dirtbag

climber
Sep 27, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
Lovely DMT...the Wind River Range is one of my very favorite places.
AbeFrohman

Trad climber
new york, NY
Sep 28, 2011 - 12:12am PT
awesome pix.
Goddamnit I am still at a complete loss as to what TFPU means.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 28, 2011 - 02:27am PT
DMT, totally awesome shots. About fifteen years of my life in them pics.
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Sep 28, 2011 - 11:55am PT
TFPU!
I never used the abbreviation before, but given the recent anti post, I'm going to use it!

Edit
TYFPUP
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Sep 28, 2011 - 12:14pm PT
Thanks Dingus!!! I needed a little dose of Wind Rivers to energize me. Love that range.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2011 - 12:22pm PT
TFPU!

TFP TFPU! My ego needed the BOOST! Booyah!

DMT
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 28, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
I picked out Pingora right away even though I've never been to the Wind Rivers. Gotta make the trip.
DMT
what's the port in the Midwest? That fisherman looks cold and his pipe has blown out.

Tom
The "Huge mine with tailings ponds" might be the old Ruth copper mine which was shut down in 1978. Was the largest open pit mine in the US when it closed. About 10 miles west of Ely on US50

Mysterious earth fill and aqueduct may be one of the several new gold mines being developed in the area west of Ely/Elko. There are two big gold areas there.
http://minerals.usgs.gov/west/projects/nngd.htm
Do you happen to have the GPS coordinates for the two mine pics?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
Port Washington, Lake Michigan.

Cheers
DMT
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Sep 28, 2011 - 03:20pm PT
TFPU!

Timid TopRope

(Oh yeah, that nice, I was losing my sense of self-worth)

Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Sep 29, 2011 - 08:42pm PT
I wunder if Anguish got his elk yet
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
First my little port in the middle of the continent had a great sunrise outside my hotel.


A hundred years ago it was a prime commercial fishing center. Now it caters to fishing tourists from the midwest.


Pretty cool huh?


Now for the goods. The rise of the continental divide.


I crossed the Winds from the north this time, sitting on the left side of the plane, looking south. This is cool. See if you can find Hunter!


Its gonna be good!














Wind River rats? I've seen this couloir before from this vantage, both summer and winter. It looks pretty cool, it has to be a well known feature. Any idea what it is? NExt 4 images...





Plane flies on. Lighting wasn't right for Great Basin photos and Sierra had haze and some fire smoke over it that made it a waste of time to snap new images of Lake Tahoe.









Anyway.....

DMT
AbeFrohman

Trad climber
new york, NY
Oct 3, 2011 - 08:01pm PT
Holy crap. its about time!
TFPUTATMQIRMALTM

(Thanks for Posting Up The Answer To My Question It Really Means A Lot To Me)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 3, 2011 - 08:36pm PT
If you look closely at the center of Dingus Milqtoast's third air photo of the winds you can see Dingus MsGee rap bolting!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
Yes and you look closely you can see him thanking me for posting up too!

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2012 - 08:44am PT
Aight, I got my Saturday objective accomplished. I am now ensconced in a swank Times Square hotel. Had a nice dinner last night in a NY chop house, and some acquaintances of mine from Great Britain happened by, it was like old home week in the Big Apple.

Anyway, I fly Delta a lot, out of Sacramento. This trip like so many had me connecting through Minneapolis. Sac to Mini goes out of California and over Reno. I have the coveted north side of the plane in the morning photo window.

Out over Pyramid Lake and the Great Basin, brush the north edge of the Great Salt Lake, then... as anticipated, over the southern end of the Wind River range. I was curious as to snow cover, etc. aren't you? You can compare these to the ones I took on a similar flight back in Oct.

It was cold in the Great Valley at Oh Dark Thirty, a lil deicing was called for. The dude saw me taking pictures of him and he squirted my window with that sh#t, lol.



Sunrise. There were a lot of ice crystals in the morning air and as the sun came up over the eastern horizon I could see how dawn had hit the higher clouds before it reached the ground. Looking back behind the plane I could see also how the sun-line rose higher and higher, the tangential relationship with the curve of the earth (the rays are flat, the ground is dropping away, eh?)


Then some coolio formations in northern Utah / Western Wyoming


I like this one... that's the town of Vulva Wyoming down there!


Some more...




A beauty, huh? Such are the formations that bring us oil and gas booms in the west.


Now the goods, eh?
























Went over the Black Hills again... NO SNOW! No wonder Mike M is tearing it up this winter, go Mike! Then the connection in Minneopolis where it was genuinely COLD. Another deicing, 2 plus hours, a first class meal service and bing bang boom I'm in the taxi from Laguardia to Manhattan. Life's a trip but I'd rather be back there in the Winds, frankly.


DMT
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Jan 15, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Great pics man! Thanks for posting those. I love the Winds...you can almost smell those mountains through that glass.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 25, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
From Monday somewhere over Wyoming













DMT
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 25, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
In about 2 weeks I'm taking a mountain flying intensive course, and the Winds are a target! The camera will be a companion.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 26, 2012 - 12:58am PT
Dingus showing once again that only the worthy should get window seats on an aeroplane.

Thanks man, for wanting to take us along!

Les

Trad climber
Bahston
Jul 26, 2012 - 10:21am PT
Ah, the Winds -- pretty sure I could see the mosquitos in the Cirque of Towers in your aerial shots . . . doh!

Those f#&^kers are brutal in that place.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2012 - 11:09am PT
It really pisses me off when I spring for the big bucks ride and the sun
doesn't cooperate!

Credit: Reilly

Luckily there is a magic wand...

Credit: Reilly



Here is one of Dingus' 'wanded'...
Credit: Reilly
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 26, 2012 - 11:40am PT
I flew out to Burley, Idaho for the "Meet and Greet" at City of Rocks over the 4th, and I snapped a few pix as I was overflying the Northern end of the Wasatch Range at Logan, Utah. My altitude was 12,500 feet above mean sea level, but just clearing the range by about 1500 feet above ground level.

Looking South towards Ogden and SLC, and approaching the range crest a...
Looking South towards Ogden and SLC, and approaching the range crest at 12,500 feet.
Credit: Brokedownclimber

View towards the WNW and City of Rocks, and over Logan, UT.
View towards the WNW and City of Rocks, and over Logan, UT.
Credit: Brokedownclimber

I always try to give terrain a lot of clearance, one of the rules of mountain flying.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2012 - 11:58am PT
^^^ Words to live by, Broke. :-) Nothing like being at full power and
you're going down 1500 fpm, eh? Then there is the reverse - being sucked
up into a building thunderstorm in my sailplane. Pick yer poison.
WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Jul 26, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
I always get the same feeling when I go the Winds:
[youtube=http://youtu.be/uKbl24W_FLc]
local

Social climber
eldorado springs
Jul 26, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
On the approach to DIA
On the approach to DIA
Credit: local
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jul 26, 2012 - 05:03pm PT
Going back in there in 9 days. Can't wait!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 27, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
Bump!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
2013 Wind River Update!!!111111

(not your best eyeballing seat, but its the one I had!)















DMT
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