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Mitchell Peak
Elevation: 12,483 feet
Mileage: 20 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,400 feet
Route: Big Sandy Lake / South side approach

September 1-2nd, 2001

Knowing that my summer of fun was coming to an end I decided my last trip of the summer would be a solo trip to climb Mitchell Peak and pay respect to the lengendary mountain man Finis Mitchell. For those of you unfamiliar with Finis Mitchell, during the 1930s many of the lakes in the Wind River Mountains did not have any fish in them. Using horses and 5 gallon milk cans Finis stock 314 lakes with over 2 million trout. He also was the first to scale many peaks in the Wind Rivers. He climbed almost all 300 peaks in the Wind Rivers lacking only 20 summits. For his dedicated service to Wyoming and the Wind Rivers the Forest Service honored Finis by naming Mitchell Peak after him. He was the only man to ever have a mountain named after him while he was still alive. I went on several hikes with Finis as a young boy and my aunt Sherry was really close to him. I thought it would be a fitting last trip to scale his peak and pay respect to a great mountain man.

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