Basecamp Adventures

Basecamp Adventures

Riding the Wave

For Ali Kalenak, there were two major turning points in her life. The first happened in may 2013 when her twin sister suddenly passed away in Charleston, South Carolina. Ali was living in Jackson at the time, completing her second nursing degree at the university of Wyoming, and living with her then-boyfriend and their two
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Sliding on Ice

The first time Trinity St John saw broomball was also the first time she played. Her boyfriend’s team needed more women, so St John agreed to give it a go and joined the Blood Shots for a game. That was about 15 years ago, and St John has been playing ever since—sometimes on multiple teams
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Snow Biker

Every Thanksgiving, David Hunger would hang up his bike. By that time, winter conditions had arrived in Jackson, and the roads were covered in snow and ice. Hunger, the owner of Teton Mountain Bike Tours, tried studded snow tires on his mountain bike. The tires worked okay, but they weren’t the perfect solution for the
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Always Adventuring

Mark and Janelle Smiley agree on their most athletically challenging day: 15,700 vertical feet and 47 miles in a raging storm. “Total whiteout conditions,” Mark says. The two were in the midst of skiing across the entire Alps Mountain Range, a feat they achieved in 36 days—faster than the previous record of 41 days. “We
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The Legacy Continues

THE EARLY DAYS When former Olympian Karen Eaton started skiing with The Jackson Hole Ski Club in the mid-1950s, Jackson’s population was just 2,000 and only one paved road ran through town. A single chairlift climbed the right side of Snow King Mountain, which was the club’s training ground, until Eaton was a teenager and
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Artistic Wild Man

Born in a small Alaskan fishing village called Aleknagik, with a population of just 219, Derek Collins learned a lot about the outdoors from a young age. Growing up, Collins and his family would travel to Bristol Bay via boat to harvest fish. He spent his summers setting up dryinig racks to hang salmon and
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Get Wild

Jackson is a wild place. Why not head out and see for yourself? Outdoor adventures abound in this mountain town, so get outside and explore. Be sure to take appropriate precautions for recreating outdoors and have all the skill, knowledge, and equipment necessary for a safe trip. Also, be aware of potential dangers, including rapidly
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Keeping it Wild

With free-flowing rivers and abundant wildlife, Jackson is a pretty wild place. Conservation groups are working hard to keep it that way, from reducing conflict between humans and wildlife to protecting area waterways. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a landmark piece of legislation that works to protect
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The Lunch Counter Surf Club

In the belly of the Snake River Canyon, on the river’s largest rapid, exists an unlikely surfer’s paradise. A wave called the Lunch Counter rises over five feet high when conditions are just right. “That section of river is a truly sacred place,” longtime surfer Max Mogren says. “It’s like church on the river.” Crowds
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All in the Family

In the spring, when the Snake River runs high, the rapid known as Lunch Counter can offer whitewater rafters enormous swells. Later in the season, when the river flows are lower, Big Kahuna, a rapid you might have peacefully floated over in the spring, offers frothing swells up to 7 feet high. That’s the thing
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