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Into Uncharted Heights

Two extreme athletes redefine limits in mountaineering

Warden of the Jackson Hole wilderness

In the fall of 1899, Albert Nelson saddled up a bay mountain horse and a string of sure-footed mules and took to the Gros Ventre wilderness as Wyoming’s first game warden. His task was exceedingly difficult: to apprehend poachers alone on horseback in an enormous wilderness. Albert lived in a time when many of Wyoming’s
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Turpin Meadow Ranch offers luxury adventure in the Tetons

Heading north into Yellowstone National Park, a left-hand turn just past Moran Junction offers the bucolic setting of Buffalo Valley. At the end of the road, Turpin Meadow Ranch awaits, a historic dude ranch offering a blend of modern luxuries with classic adventures. The experiences to be had here seek to preserve older traditions. While
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Old West summer to-do's in Jackson Hole

Bar T 5 Cookout and Show Offered Monday-Saturday, May through September barT5.com Old Western transportation (covered wagons and draft horses) , music (singing cowboys), food (hearty Western fare, think meat and beans), and pioneer days camaraderie are celebrated during the Bar T’s famous summer chuckwagon events. Last but not least, the dinner and evening entertainment
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Jackson Hole’s backcountry heroes

The history of travel in wilderness is chock full of stories of when things went wrong. It is just as full of epic accounts of heroic rescue teams, and today’s backcountry first responders are every bit as courageous. Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) Wyoming, an arm of the Teton County Sheriff’s office, is an
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Some of the best backcountry gear is created in Jackson Hole

Since the earliest days of backcountry skiing, Jackson Hole and the Tetons have been the center of the North American backcountry skiing scene. Along with some of the best terrain, snow, and athletes, amazing backcountry gear has and continues to come from Jackson. In the past, brands like Lifelink and Powderhorn Mountaineering have been the
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A heli-lifestyle in Jackson Hole

Heli-skiing — accessing the backcountry for its pristine powder and solitude with the assistance of a helicopter — is a different thing for different skiers. For many, it is considered the pinnacle to a ski career, an aspirational experience. Some say it’s the most extreme thing they’ve ever done. For others, it is a way
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Jackson Hole backcountry users form alliance to address concerns

The allure of skiing or riding in the backcountry is undeniable. Untracked powder, quiet approaches, small groups of friends and dogs. These days, there’s also the parking lot wait-and-shuffle game. On any given snowy winter day, the top of Teton Pass is hectic. As the interest and participation in backcountry skiing has grown over the
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6 summer activities that make Jackson Hole stand out

Take a Wildlife Tour with Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures Millions of tourists flock to Jackson to see the dramatic scenery of Grand Teton National Park and the glorious geysers of Yellowstone National Park. For a tour through these protected lands that you won’t soon forget, book a day with EcoTour Adventures. Your naturalist guide will
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Jackson Hole’s wildlife warrior

Last summer, I pulled into the Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s property and parked alongside Kristin Combs’ cerulean Toyota Prius boasting a droll, self-deprecating sticker that read: “Cool Prius!” — Nobody. She waved me over, standing aside a six-person tent. The rainfly was off, and inside was a meticulously assembled habitat replete with leafy boughs, sprigs
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The path of the pronghorn in Jackson Hole

Stopped by an impenetrable fence on their journey south, a group of pronghorn, their heads bobbing up and down, mill around anxiously, unsure where to go. One mature doe takes the lead and wanders alone along the fence line, moving forward and doubling back until she comes to a gap. Ahead of her, an overpass
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Zahan Billimoria, an athlete first and foremost

Zahan Billimoria is characterized by movement. The founder of Samsara Training is always on the move, whether it’s exploring in the mountains, beginning new athletic endeavors, or analyzing insights to create effective and functional training programs. Zahan, who is also a longtime guide with Exum Mountain Guides and the subject of a short film from
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Survival of the grizzly depends on migration

Imagine being stranded indefinitely on an isolated island with only a handful of people. When date night rolls around, your options would be … well, quite limited. It’s not difficult to imagine how that might ultimately cause some issues for your island-bound micro-population. This is precisely the situation that the grizzly bears of the Greater
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The Lakers of Grand Teton National Park

String Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most well-loved gems. Picnickers bask on the sandy shore and swim in the shallows. Anglers traverse the inlets and outlets. Kayakers cut ribbons through the glass-like reflection of the Tetons on crisp, clear mornings. Hikers, trail runners, alpinists, and skiers set out from the trailhead toward
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Safety first in Jackson’s backcountry

Jackson Hole is surrounded by miles and miles of untamed wild space. It’s one of the characteristics that draws people here, whether for a short visit or a lifetime. In the winter, snow blankets the forests, peaks, and meadows, inviting all kinds of adventure and fun. And though the wintry landscape often looks like a
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Hunting is at the heart of Jackson Hole food culture

Food is an integral part of any culture. For many, the first thing that comes to mind about Jackson Hole’s food culture is the sparkling array of world-class restaurants throughout the valley. And while these eateries are a distinctive facet of the community, there is a local history and tradition that runs much deeper than
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Walking the talk with Jackson’s EcoTour Adventures

Taylor Phillips grew up watching wildlife. As a child in rural Virginia, Taylor and his family used to take Sunday drives to enjoy the landscape and look for deer, turkeys, and other wild animals. Those experiences set the course for his career and instilled a deep passion for the outdoors. After graduating college with a
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6 Teton experiences that take you off the slopes

Maybe you just aren’t drawn to Jackson Hole’s legendary slopes, or maybe your legs just really need a break after a day of making knee-deep turns. Either way, there’s plenty to do around Jackson Hole in the winter that doesn’t take place on the ski hill. Here are a few local go-tos. Sleigh Ride Through
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See the historic side of Jackson Hole — dating back to 1910

There’s more to Jackson than national parks, wildlife and stunning mountain views. The town has a long and deep history that you won’t want to miss. All it takes is an hour spent walking around the heart of Jackson Hole to get a sense of what the town might’ve felt like in the early days.
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Better tasting mountain meals in the Grand Tetons

Mountain climbing is not associated with good food. Most trips involve dehydrated or instant fare that require little more than hot water to prepare. The resulting meals are adequate, but definitely not what you remember when the expedition is over. For many years, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG) was no exception to that rule —
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Surviving the Snowpocalypse

Dear Eventual Local, Welcome to Jackson Hole. Let’s forgo the typical “Last of the Old West” subtitle and the customary hat-tipping howdys and get right down to business, shall we? Whether you’ve just arrived or this is your third winter, you’re no doubt in desperate need of some honest and true local advice from a
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