A late season snow pack, consolidated as it was on most slope aspects allowed for alpine ascents of peaks. The east fork of Hyndman Creek has tended to have a wolf pack moving through according to former surveys. The terrain limits free travel except for along valleys and a few ridge lines. Following a morning ascent of Hyndman peak and lunch break, I heard a howl down valley at about 9am. And in that howl, felt the source of this place. We didn’t have any sheep herds in this area or other domestic grazers. I was grateful for that. I’ve learned later that although there has been a recent uptick in wolf predation on livestock in this part of Idaho, the elk numbers in this area continue to increase.