Yellowstone National Park Trip Information
(Last updated on 2006-08-01)
Countdown to arrival in Jackson Hole:

General Info

Trip Dates: Wednesday August 9, 2006 - Monday August 14, 2006

People going on Trip:
Scott Messick, Glenn Orton, Darrell Morton, Rob Moffa, Eric Lofstead

Not confirmed: Dan Michael, Dan Tavarez

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Description of Trip: We will fly in to Jackson hole on the 9th in the early morning. We will arrive just before noon, pick-up our vehicles, hit some stores to get fuel and bear spray. We will then proceed to the Park, go drop off one of the vans at trails end. We will then go back to the canyon region where we have a room reserved. On the 10th we can drive to the trail head and begin our journey. We are camping fairly close to trails end on the night of the 12th, so on the 13th we can get up early hike out and go explore the rest of the park by van. Around 3 or 4 o’clock we will go pick-up the other van and head back to a hotel in Jackson hole near the airport, pig out, and booze it up.

Important Info
Information for family and friends

Phone Numbers:
(307) 344-7381 = Yellowstone Visitor Info
(307) 344-2160 = Yellowstone BackCountry Office
(307) 344-7901 = Canyon Lodge
(307) 733-2364 = Elk Country Lodge
(800) 227-7368 = National Car Rental

Trip Agenda:

08/09/2005: Everyone arrives at Jackson Hole Airport. sleeping at Canyon Lodge
08/10/2005: Enter Backcountry from Pelican Valley Trail Head, camp at Waptiti Lake
08/11/2005: In Backcountry from Waptiti Lake, camp at Mirror Plateau
08/12/2005: In Backcountry from Mirror Plateau, camp at Lamar River
08/13/2005: In Backcountry from Lamar River, Leaving Backcountry from Soda Butte, explore park by van, sleeping at Elk Country Lodge
08/14/2005: Leaving Elk Country Lodge and flying home

Backcountry Permit:
Applied for by Glenn Orton.
Application was signed for 03/03/2006
Application was approved

The hike

Approved Route: Here is an image of the Route. Includes Profile and 3D view

Information about our route


Lets pray for some great weather


Airport to fly into: Jackson hole Airport, Jackson, WY (Airport Code=JAC)

Scott's Flight

Arrives JAC @ 11:21am

Leaves JAC @12:27pm
Glenn's Flight

Arrives JAC @ 12:15pm

Leaves JAC @ 11:25am
Darrells Flight

Arrives JAC @ 12:15pm

Leaves JAC @ 11:25am
Rob's Flight

Arrives JAC @ 12:15pm

Leaves JAC @ 11:25am
Eric's flight

Arrives JAC
@ 12:15pm

Leaves JAC
@ 11:25am

Dan's Flight Info TBD


August 9, 20066
Canyon Lodge
Address: Loop Rd, Yellowstone Natl Park, WY 82190
Phone: (307) 344-7901
Room: 1 Pioneer Cabin (1 sgl, 2 dbls)
Price: $106.92
confirmation Number: 243LN

August 13, 2006
Elk Country Lodge
Address: 480 West Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Phone: (307) 733-2364
Fax: (307) 733-7550
Price: $183.92 itinerary number: 116303503209 booking ID: 113034676 (24)

Site Name + Link Description
Yellowstone National Park Lodges You can check out the rooms and lodging here

Rental car:

National car rental
Two blazers at $323.23/car for a 5 day period.
Total for both $646.46 for the 5 days Confirmation numbers: 25680381 & 725680419.
Phone: 1-800-227-7368
Reserved under Robert Moffa

Local Outfitters

To be updated

Gear List

Required Gear:

  1. Compass
  2. Whistle

Shared Gear:
(If your name is next to one of these make sure you bring the stuff)

  • Water Filters (2)
    • Scott and Rob
  • Pots/Pans (2)
    • Scott and Glenn
  • Stoves (2)
    • Scott and Glenn
  • Fuel (2 large ones or 4 small ones)
    • Group to buy on arrival
  • First-Aid Kits (2)
    • Dr. Morton and Eric
  • GPS (1)
    • Glenn
  • Bear Spray (2)
    • Group to buy on arrival

Recomended Gear:

  • Boots (broken in)
  • Wool Socks
  • Hiking pants/shorts
  • Shell/water resistant pants
  • Shell/Water resistant jacket
  • Flashlight / Headlamp
  • food (need to specify amount)
  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Backpack
  • Water containers (2-3 liters)
  • Eating Utensil
  • Waterproof Matches/lighter
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Knife
  • Rope
  • Trekking Poles
  • Bug protection
  • Sun protection

Essential Skills:

Each Person MUST own and know how to use a compass and a map. Here is a link to the basics of How to Use a Compass. If you have any questions let Glenn or Scott know. A map will be provided to everyone going on the trip, but there are some good maps available in the Web Links Section of this page.

Optional Skills that will make the trip easier:

Packing a backpack:

Putting on/adjusting a backpack:

  1. Loosen all straps: The straps must be tightened in a specific order for best fit.
  2. Fill pack with a reasonable amount of weight (10-30 pounds): Packs feel different when filled wi th weight, make sure not to overload it.
  3. Put the pack on your back: The pack should be easily lifted by yourself on to your back. If you need a friend to help you place the bag on your back, reduce the weight.
  4. Position the belt centered and resting on your hipbone: Do not rest the belt on your waist.
  5. Tighten belt as much as possible: This holds the bag in position while you adjust the straps.
  6. Tighten the shoulder straps until comfortable: Shoulder straps should fit snuggly over your shoulder and down your back with no gaps.
  7. Tighten load lifters until comfortable: Ideally, the load lifting straps will form a 45 degree angle with the shoulders and the top of the stays. While wearing your bag for extended period you should adjust these straps ever so often to adjust the weight of the back
    between your waist and your shoulders.
  8. Clip the sternum strap on chest: This should be on the center of your chest a few inches below your collarbone.
  9. Tighten the compression straps on the belt.
  10. Walking around with the backpack on your back
    This will let the bag settle on your back.
  11. Readjust shoulder straps and fit loaders for comfort.

Web Links

Site Name + Link Description
National Park Service (Yellowstone) Link to National Park Service. Contains Park information including maps and park regulations
More National Park Service (Yellowstone) An additional great resource for Park information
Backountry planning page Guides, maps, bacountry rules, wildlife, etc...
Backpacking & Backcountry
Camping in Yellowstone
All about Backcountry camping in Yellowstone
Transportation Providers List of transportation companies can be found here
Yellowstone National Park Lodges You can check out the rooms and lodging here