From Russia With Love

August 31, 2006 at 8:30 pm 1 comment

After recovering from yesterday’s hike to and from Titcomb basin; with cold beverages and a dinner including Pinedale-raised garlic mashed potatoes; we contemplated the next Cheeseburger summit in Wyoming. Nothing too strenuous, just an excuse for another Summit Cheeseburger. After consultation with a several maps of the local area we decided that Cora Butte, Mount Airy, and Trapper’s Point were all possibilities. In preparation, we had asked Kirk to stock up on Cheesburgering supplies. With a packet of buffalo ground meat from Montana, onion rolls from Faler’s General Store in Pinedale, Havarti cheese, and garlic, we were prepared.

This was not just any garlic but a descendant of a bulb brought back from the the former Soviet Union; St. Petersburg to be exact. Reputed to be developed by the KGB (Killer Garlic Bulb?) during the Cold War, it has been propagated by, and shared with, a number of avid gardeners in Salt Lake City. The garlic cloves used in today’s Cheeseburger were raised in Pinedale, Wyoming at 7,200 ft. elevation.

The 1 lb. of burger meat was supplemented with 3 cloves of minced garlic, and after cooking, the burgers were lovingly blanketed by a layer of Havarti cheese and ultimately sandwiched between two soft onion rolls. To maximize the freshness of the experience, condiments, incluidng katsup, mustard and mayo, were withheld until we reached our destination.

Our intended summit for the day was Cora Butte. But a short drive to the small town of Cora provided a view of the small peak but no road leading anywhere near it could be easily found. Next we tried to track down Mount Airy but again we had no luck finding an easily navigable road to the peak. On to plan C.

Trapper’s Point overlooks the a portion of the Green River that was the site of 6 of the 16 Rendezvous held between 1824-1840. The Rendezvous was an annual event in which trappers, traveler, and Indians gathered to trade pelts and skins, supplies, as well as other goods.

Trapper’s Point is also notable in that it lies on a major wildlife migration route for pronghorn antelope, mule deer and other wildlife. This 160 mile long route connects their summer range in and around Teton National Park and their winter grounds in southwest Wyoming. At Trapper’s Point this migration route is shrunk to a width of just a half mile by the Green and New Fork rivers and homes, a highway and dirt roads. This bottleneck has been a concern because of its effect on migration of wildlife.

We found Trapper’s Point with no problem and walked the quarter mile or so to the summit. The garlic Cheeseburgers were accessorized with condiments to no avail – they tasted like garlic and nothing else. Well, 2 of the 2,000 or so ‘peaks’ in Wyoming have have been Cheeseburger summited for a completion rate of 0.1%. Yeah.

A warm Summit Cheeseburger welcome to Kirk! Remember, the first one’s the hardest.

Kirk, Patrick, Paul – August 27, 2006 / Trapper’s Point, Sublette County, Wyoming (7,317 ft.)

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