Jackson Hole Land Trust Celebrates their 35th Anniversary

Roxanne Pierson of the Jackson Hole Land Trust plants the flag into the Rock Spring's conservation easement.

Some of you might be wondering what the big green Jackson Hole Land Trust flags throughout Teton County are all about. Wonder no more!  They mark each Land Trust conservation easement to raise awareness of their 35th anniversary.  To top it off, View22, a mini project of the Trust, has involved local artists to paint and photograph each land parcel in their personal style. These art pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Land Trust picnic at the Mead Ranch.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust flag stands proudly next to the trail at the base of Rock Springs canyon.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust flag stands proudly next to the trail at the base of Rock Springs canyon.


How does all this relate to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort? There is a very popular conservation easement adjacent to Teton Village that you might not know about.  The Rock Springs property, just south of the Hobacks, was designated a conservation easement by the JH Land Trust in 1997.   This was just 3 years before JHMR opened its gates to backcountry access and the easement became a popular area for backcountry exploration. The Rock Springs Yurt is located on the northern edge of this easement and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.  rock-springs-easementJackson Hole Mountain Resort owns this 211 acre property, but entrusted the JH Land Trust to protect this land from any future development.  Looks like future generations will get to experience the same gorgeous landscape that we do today!

Late last week, Roxanne Pierson, of the JH Land Trust, and I took a hike out to the Rock Springs Canyon property to plant the flag.  The trails are great heading south from the resort, and it was my first time on the trail in the summertime. Wildflowers are still in full bloom, but dreaming of the landscape in winter was not hard to do.

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Roxanne prepares to plant the JH Land Trust flag.


We scouted the area for the best spot to plant the flag and decided on an area on the north side of the easement with excellent views of Rock Springs canyon and Rock Springs Buttress.

“Rocks Springs Canyon, a favorite out-of-bounds run for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort backcountry skiers and yurt guests (as well as black bears, moose, elk, mule deer, and raptors) has been protected by an easement that allows recreational uses but eliminates any future development.”
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Help celebrate Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th Anniversary this Sunday, August 9 at the Mead Ranch.  Click here for more details.

Rendezvous Hill Climb: An Ode to Chris Onufer

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If there was ever a person more comfortable or happy in the mountains than Chris Onufer, I have yet to meet them.  Chris, a long time Aerial Tram mechanic and fixture at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, died tragically in 2012.  Whether you knew Chris or not, his spirit can be felt at the Aerial Tramway and Rendezvous Mountain – enticing skiers and riders, hikers,  runners and climbers to get out and explore, live every moment to the fullest, have some fun, scare yourself a bit and feel alive.

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The Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb Saturday, Aug 1st is a tribute to this mountain goat; a man who ran wild through the mountains and shared selflessly his passions, joys and experiences with all.

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With an invigorated new course, the Hill Climb is “X” Extreme – and Chris, Captain  X, will be there cheering everyone on.   6.1 miles almost completely on single track with over 4,100 vertical– a new record is there for the taking.  I won’t be the one setting the record, but I’m ready to show up for race day, and show up for Chris, who never missed a race.

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Are you dreaming of ski season? In celebration of the 50th Anniversary winter season, JHMR has kept pricing at the same rate as the 2014-15 season, while adding extra Grand Pass benefits. For this special anniversary year Grand Passholders will receive four (4) 50% off buddy passes for friends and family plus more.

Teton Food Tour to Concerts on the Commons

If you take away anything from this culinary and musical adventure, it should be that all of the delicious food featured was prepared by local establishments and that FREE Concerts on the Commons continue every Sunday through August 29th!

Now, let’s get on the road…er…pathway. Last Sunday’s Teton Food Tour, presented by Friends of Pathways and Slow Food in the Tetons, was so much fun. My lady Kate and I made it a date and left our place in Wilson to embark on an afternoon of pathway cruising, delicious food and drink and amazing live music at Concerts on the Commons.

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First stop – the new R Park located near the Wilson Bridge on the Snake River – and what do we see first but the JH Mountain Direct Van and Hoback Sports Tent!

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Our friend Tom, who works for Hoback Sports, was kindly attaching bells to kids bikes for equal parts style and safety. Here is Avery getting her pretty pink bike tricked out! Located in the town of Jackson, Hoback Sports is one of the area’s premier shops carrying the top brands in road, mountain and cruiser bikes, a full rental fleet as well as a professional staff of bike mechanics.

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First food stop – Street Food (the restaurant located in the legendary Stagecoach Bar in Wilson) – and their delicious Falafel with fresh Wyomato and cucumber salad with Tzatziki Sauce. YUM!

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No time for chit-chat, time to enjoy this delicious first plate!

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Add in some cowboy tunes from local musician Dan White and beer from Snake River Brewery by the R Park pond and you have a nice relaxing first food tour stop.

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Alright onward down the bike path!

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Next stop, the Aspens Market with a delicious little sandwich made with house roasted Lockhart Beef Tenderloin (Jackson, WY), Mustard Greens (grown in-house) and a fresh roasted garlic scape, basil and chive aioli, all on a 460 roll (Driggs, ID). Perfection on a bun!

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I’ll take this opportunity to plug Hoback Sports again, as I cruise on my much-loved Specialized road bike I bought from them last year. Did I mention how scenic the Village Road pathway is?

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With Teton Village in sight we start scoping out our next stop.

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We turn into the Shooting Star Club just south of Teton Village for Bo B Q – some of the best dang barbecue in the area! Here is pit master Bo Williamson himself showing off the goods.

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This stop also showcased the artists of View 22 and the work of the Jackson Hole Land Trust who strive to preserve the beautiful landscapes that we call home.  Here is local artist Dwayne Harty getting his Plein Air on with a beautiful landscape choice.

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OK, onward to Teton Village!  And we arrive to beautiful weather on another perfect summer day in Jackson Hole.

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The final stop is the Bodega Specialty Grocer and Bottle Shop at the Teton Village Gas Station, recently opened by the Fine Dining Group (Rendezvous Bistro, Q Roadhouse, etc.). We are treated to the famous handmade ice cream sandwiches of Executive Pastry Chef Chad Horton. We went with Mint Chocolate Chip – WOW! You don’t have to be in need of gas to stop by this delicious new roadside hot spot.

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After enjoying our ice cream sandwiches and the banjo picking of local musician Jessie Lestitian, we made our way to the Village Commons for Wyoming Americana/Country/Rock & Rollers The Patti Fiasco, and man did they get things going!  An amazing and energetic set from this talented group.

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Following The Patti Fiasco, headliner Nahko & Medicine for the People took the music into the evening with their powerful melodies and rhythms.

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Then it was back on the pathway and 10 miles back to our home in Wilson, sadly with no food and beer stops this direction :(

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I hope you enjoyed this culinary and musical journey from Wilson to Teton Village! Just one example of the many fun events and concerts that happen every summer here in our little paradise of Jackson Hole.

Be sure to catch the Teton Food Tour next year! Thanks to all of the partners who put on this great annual event:

Friends of Pathways
Slow Food in Tetons
R Park
View 22
Jackson Hole Land Trust
Hoback Sports
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Three Tips to Keep the Training on Track

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I’ve been running with lots of friends this summer, and they have been a great support system and source of inspiration for me as a novice runner gearing up for the Rendezvous Hill Climb – three weeks away!

My last two big runs I had the good fortune to run with Jess McMillan (who you remember from a previous post); plus friend, pastry chef and trail runner extraordinaire Brigid Horigan.  Brigid is training for a 50K race, so we met up after work for an evening run up the Wildflower Trail.

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Brigid motored up the trail while I chugged, and then we met up for the run down.  We talked a lot about running, juggling work/ life and training, boys, jobs, everything really.  I gained a few insights from my time with Brigid that have really helped me stay positive and focused going into the race:

Make small goals to achieve big goals.

BH: “It can be is easy to lose focus while training for a race, sometimes there are hard days, or work gets in the way… Completing something you have set out to do feels pretty good.  So, I make small goals for myself as I train, they help me stay motivated and focused on the race.”

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Do your best, and don’t beat yourself up.

BH: “Follow your training schedule as best as you can, but it is important to listen to your body.  Sometimes you just need an extra rest day and that is okay.  It is really easy to lose motivation after a bad run, but just know the next run will be better.  I think it is pretty cool to set out and do something you have never done all while challenging your body and your mind.  Just remember where you started and how far you have come.”

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Make sure you are having fun.

BH: “We live in an amazing part of the country and trail running has taken me to some really beautiful places.  Plus when you get to run through the mountains with your friends it doesn’t really make it feel like exercise, it is pretty fun.”

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Summertime at Teton Village Sports!

Everyone knows that Teton Village Sports has the the reputation as the #1 winter ski shop in the country, but don’t miss out on all the exciting things happening in Summer! TVS is your one-stop shop for any summer adventure in the Tetons. From the latest apparel, footwear and custom orthotics to bike & SUP rentals and a full service fly shop, let their friendly and expert staff find you exactly what you need.

Let’s start with rentals. Looking to hit the pathways or downhill bike park?  TVS carries cruisers and downhill mountain bikes to start your day.

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How about a day Stand Up Paddle boarding on one of our beautiful lakes? Rent SUP boards at TVS!

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With the fishing turning on for the summer, maybe you are looking to get outfitted for a day chasing cutthroat trout on the Snake River or on one of Jackson Hole’s many streams and tributaries. Grand Fishing Adventures, located in TVS, is a full service fly shop with the latest apparel and gear from Simms, Patagonia, Ex Officio, Columbia, Yeti Coolers and more. Rods from Sage and Temple Fork Outfitters and reels from Hatch and Ross. They have a great deal going on all summer – save 20% on any rod, reel and line combo! In addition to the fly shop, GFA offers full and half-day guided fishing and scenic trips.  Stop by Grand Fishing Adventures to stock up and get all the local advice you’ll need for an enjoyable day on the water.

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You may know that TVS offers some of the best custom footbeds for ski boots in the winter, with their in-house custom orthotics expert Matt Sheets.  But did you know that Matt can get your feet dialed in for all your summer needs as well?  Hiking shoes, wading boots, bike shoes, golf shoes, you name it! See Matt at TVS and learn more about both ready-made and custom-made insoles for reliable foot comfort no matter the sport.

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TVS also offers the best outdoor apparel for both men and women with top brands like Prana, Patagonia, Arc’teryx, Lole, Sanctuary, Calypso and many more.

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Men’s apparel by The North Face, IceBreaker, Patagonia and many more.

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There you have it, get in to Teton Village Sports this summer and get in on the action!

Teton Food Tour, Sunday July 19th

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Slow Food in the Tetons and Friends of Pathways host the second annual Teton Food Tour this Sunday, July 19th.  Cruise the pathway from R Park (at the Wilson Boat Ramp) to Teton Village while stopping to enjoy four small plates from Aspen’s MarketStreetfood JHFine Dining’s Bodega and Bo-B-Q.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust View22 Artists and musicians will join along the way.

Meet us at R Park to check in and to enjoy your first small plate. Then, ride the separate, paved pathway up to Teton Village. We’ll provide a map and signage along the way.

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Chainless Bike Race Series!

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Come one, come all! Starting this Friday night, JH Sports, Teton Village Sports, and Hoback Sports will be sponsoring the first of 4 chainless bike races on Teewinot in Teton Village.

Free registration is from 3:30-5:30pm on the day of each event. There will be many prizes and the Tin Can Cantina will be having taco and margarita specials as usual for Friday Night Bikes. We look forward to seeing you there! See details in the poster below.

High Alpine Adventure with Griffin Post

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With six weeks of training under my belt, I asked JHMR athlete Griffin Post to take a high alpine excursion from the Aerial Tram into Cody Bowl.
Jackson Hole running Spending time in this mountain environment made for a great setting to consider what type of focus it takes to be an athlete.  We enjoyed the easy run down to the Cody saddle, then put it in gear as we navigated the rocky and steep terrain that is so famously skied in the winter time.

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Throughout the adventure with the beautiful peak as the backdrop Post and I chatted about skiing, training, failing and finding zen in running.

AC: You’ve had a very successful career as a pro skier– what keeps you focused each season?

GTP: I think the same thing drives me as a lot of other athletes: the idea performing better than I did the season before. Unfortunately, the type of skiing I do isn’t as easily objectively measured as other sports, such as running. That is, there’s not a clear end-of-year performance measurement that a lot of other sports have. To stay focused, I try to concentrate on what I did well the season before and what areas I’d like to improve on. This way, I’m constantly trying to improve against myself, which keeps things interesting and keeps me focused (just in case the whole jumping off cliffs thing doesn’t).

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AC: Earlier this summer you created your own mountain marathon and didn’t finish – are you still determined to complete a big run this summer? (Note: For more details on Griffin’s run and a funny read, click here)

GTP: Yes, definitely. I bit off more than I could chew when I attempted a 26 mile traverse of Idaho’s Smoky Mountains, but I think it was more a matter of underestimating the terrain rather than the mileage. I have some plans around the Tetons for later this summer, but more than anything I want to redeem myself in the Smoky Mountains. While failing at something is always frustrating in the moment, in the long run it always serves as a really good motivator.

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AC: Why do you run?

I was definitely the guy in high school that despised running. We’d have to do a 2-mile assessment at the beginning of each soccer season and it was by far my most dreaded day of practice all season. Now, I find it oddly meditative. For me it’s a great way to disconnect from everything that’s going on, even if it’s just for an hour or so. Also, with the amount that I travel, running is sometimes the only reliable exercise I can get. I’m yet to travel to a place where you can’t run.

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