Camping, Microadventures, United States, Wyoming

Wyoming Explored: Pole Mountain Camping

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My new tent’s maiden voyage!

Sometimes you just have to get away, even if it’s just close to home and a quick trip to enjoy the longest day of the year on the Summer Solstice.

This past spring REI put a lot of their tents on sale, so I pulled the plug and got myself a new tent, the Half Dome 3 Plus.  I wanted something a bit bigger than my two person tent, and with a better rainfly.  Over the winter/spring I also got my own camp stove and a sweet new Kelty chair.  And there everything sat… and sat…

Finally I had to change that.  With snow still covering my favorite alpine camping spots in the Snowies, I settled for a little dispersed camping option in the Pole Mountain area of the Medicine Bow National Forest in southeastern Wyoming.  I tossed my camping gear in the car, picked up some Chipotle to eat for dinner, and headed about thirty five minutes west of Cheyenne on Happy Jack Road.

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Being lazy for my camp dinner, and chowing down on some Chipotle to-go
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Hammock relaxation time!

This area is busy for dispersed camping, and I was attempting to find a spot on a Saturday afternoon, not leaving me with a lot of options.  It was particularly windy, so I was being picky with spots, wanting some shelter from the wind so my tent wouldn’t get extremely battered.  I finally found a small spot off of FR714, perfect for a tent, hammock, and my car.  Woohoo!

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View from the hill behind my tent
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June 20th is also my anniversary with my car, Fozzy. So we took a photo together!

My evening was spent finishing up Elton John’s autobiography in my hammock, chowing down on my Chipotle.  As the sun prepared to say goodnight, I hiked up the hill behind my campsite with my chair, and enjoyed a beer and started a new book as the sun set on the Summer Solstice.

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A toast to the solstice with an Einstok summer ale!
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Indian Paintbrush and sunset
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Goodnight, sun

I must admit, I didn’t sleep the best as the wind howled, but I survived, cozy and warm in my tent… which did amazing in the wind.  I cooked up some hashbrowns and veggies for breakfast after heating up some water for some coffee.

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Cooking up some breakfast

Short and sweet camping trip, but I finally got out!  Also, this was my first solo camping trip outside of a developed campground – woohoo!  I was only slightly scared of being eaten by a mountain lion 😉

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