It’s barely December and it’s been more than two months since the first snow of this winter flew. I didn’t expect to skin past meandering
bear wolf tracks on Teton Pass this late in the year, but I suppose it’s still early season.
Update: Originally I had posted this resorting to the obvious explanation: Bears. A word about Bears in Winter. The conventional wisdom is the bears are hanging around for a few extra weeks looking for a free elk gut pile left from hunters, or some other delicacy such as a few Backcountry skiers before turning in for the winter.
Turns out these are Wolf Tracks. Here’s some handy beta on identifying these tracks for your future use.
Or, how the United States are Nerfed™
Here is a shot of the roof of our hotel where we lived from March-May, 2016.
You’ll notice on the edge of the roof there are no guard rails to protect the surplus population from a tumble down three stories. The black hoses running this way and that — what may appear to the naked eye to be trip wires — are in fact the convoluted hosing required for a solar shower to work properly. The large water tanks interspersed on the rooftop and solar panels are of similar purpose.
This snowy staircase is poised on top of a sloped metal roof with a three story drop on the one side. On the other side, (just barely visible to the right) you’ll notice a one-step staircase down from the blue metal roof to the relative safety of the concrete roof. But don’t let that fool you, the one step in between roofs is scheduled at a 25° angle and covered in snow. It goes without saying that a walk way such as this should not have any means to prevent a mis-step.
Of course it’s worth navigating all this extravagant danger before your first cup of coffee in the morning to capture the morning light from our vantage point atop the fabulous Hotel Yeti in Manang, Nepal.