O you youths, western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
— Walt Whitman

Lost in the West

A Journey into the Teton Backcountry - July 26th - August 4th 2015


  1. Driving - Iowa City, IA to Jackson, MN
  2. Driving - Jackson, MN to Cody, WY
  3. Entering Yellowstone
    1. Mammoth Springs
    2. Upper Falls
    3. Madison Campground
  4. Departing Yellowstone into the Tetons
    1. Midway Geyser Basin
    2. Old Faithful
    3. Signal Mountain
    4. Colter Bay Campground
  5. Hidden Falls Hike - Explore Grand Teton National Park
  6. Hiking Day 1- Jenny Lake's West Shore Boat Dock to Upper Paintbrush
  7. Hiking Day 2 - Paintbrush Divide to South Fork Cascade Canyon
  8. Hiking Day 3 - Hurricane Pass to Death Canyon Camp
  9. Hiking Day 4 - Death Canyon out to Trail Head
  10. Breakfast and Coffee in Jackson / Driving to Iowa City 

Don't Forget the...

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Clothing
  • Rain Gear
  • Broken-In Hiking Boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bear Spray
  • Bear Bells (hola SeƱior Oso)
  • Bear Box
  • Too much Camera Equipment (but really not enough)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Bottles
  • Purifier
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Fuel
  • BackpackingFfood
  • Sunscreen
  • Maps
  • Compass

Oops Forgot...

  • Car Camping Stove
  • Pots and Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Extra Socks





As we arrived at Yellowstone, the weather began to turn. What had been a cloudless day quickly turned into rain, sleet, and then snow. We came to Madison Campground to see if we could get a spot for the night. With a bit of luck the weather had turned some campers away and we ended up with the last available spot that night. 

After setting up camp and changing into some warmer clothes we set off for Mammoth Hot Springs in Northern Yellowstone. The wet snow had yet to let up so we found the cafeteria and had some lunch waiting for it to die out. Eventually the snow let up so we walked around the hot springs.

Mammoth Hot Springs...

We then made our way back to camp for the night but made a quick stop at an overlook for the Lower Falls of Yellowstone.