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The 2013 Rendezvous Hillclimb happened on Saturday morning, with participants taking on the challenge of running 4,139 vertical feet over 7.4 miles to a summit elevation of 10,450 feet. This hill climb was the final stage of the Run to the Summit Series which included earlier stops at neighboring Grand Targhee and Snow King. Patryk Gierjatowicz of Jackson, WY was the top overall finisher with a time of 1:12:01 and the top female finisher was Hannah-Georgie Meier of Spicy, ND with a time of 1:32:29.

The overall Run to the Summit Series titles went to Jackson, WY resident Thea Sutton (Women) with a total combined time of 2:46:40 and Christopher Schurk of Jackson, WY (Men) with a 3-race total time of 2:11:10.

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Earlier this summer a few of us gathered on the slope side deck of The Handle Bar to experience the restaurant’s new summer menu.  When we arrived to the Four Seasons Resort & Residence Jackson Hole we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the man himself, Michael Mina. Chef Mina was in town refining the summer menu, and took the time to cook and mingle with a few of us locals.  What ensued was an unforgettably lovely meal that was casual yet refined and beautifully balanced. 

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Our trail crew is always adding to the fun in the Bike Park. They’ve just built a couple of new features at the bottom of Bandit and they are a welcome addition and fun to watch for those loading the lift at the bottom. Here’s a quick look at both in action:

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The horses in front of JHMR are nicknamed the “Teton Village welcoming committee.” Driving into Teton Village it is hard not to notice the massive, friendly horses, often lined up at the fence with people petting their soft noses and feeding them the occasional carrot or apple.

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The six horses are all Percherons which is a breed of draft horse. Everyone knows the Budweiser Clydesdales and Percherons are another breed of draft horse. The Percherons are very large, well-muscled, and known for their intelligence and willingness to work. They are proud, mellow, and have a very pleasing disposition. Read more »

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Winter is coming! We’re only 100 days out from ski season at Jackson Hole and we’re counting down daily with the hashtag #JHdreaming. Check out the video for a little cold-smoke cool down, and play along with us by using #JHdreaming on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Last week Allison, Cara and I had dinner at Couloir; both of them were dying to try Chef Wes Hamilton’s 2013 summer menu.  Allison and Cara are the founders of Dishing Magazine, our valley’s leading foodie publication.  Near the end of the meal Cara said “this is one of my favorite dining experiences in Jackson Hole, I wish I could eat here every night!”  Ali and I agreed with Cara, as we sipped the last of our wine and drank in the sunset over the valley below. 

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“Wildflower” is a gorgeous new trail that links the Lower Faces trails from the bottom of the mountain all the way up to Casper. Great views of the valley, aerial tram, gondola and wildflowers can be soaked in to the fullest, as our trail crew has put in a number of benches at several scenic points. There is even a picnic table that offers up shade and one of the best views around.
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August 1st marked the opening of the National Elk Refuge section of Flat Creek, just outside of the town of Jackson. This section of Flat Creek offers easy access, big fish and really difficult fishing. If you’re looking for scenery and challenge, this is an incredible location to fish. We went out on Thursday morning to give it a try.

Coffee + fly rod = a perfect way to start the day in Jackson Hole.
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Lunch Counter is a Class III rapid on the Snake River that has a standing wave that a surfboard and a kayak can surf from 8,000-12,000 cfs.

I had always wanted to make a video on the wave , so back in June when the water levels were ideal I called up three of our athletes for a morning session on the Snake. Bryan Iguchi, Cam FitzPatrick, and Griffin Post joined me with their boards and I carried my kayak and an arsenal of GoPro Hero3s and different mounts.

I set the three cameras on 1080p @ 60fps. I love the quality of the footage at 1080p and the incredible slow motion at 60fps makes this my go to setting for the cameras.

Now it was time to get creative. I didn’t want a boring POV film that makes you nauseous. I wanted a variety of angles that would give the viewer the feeling of what it was like to surf the wave and swim the rapid below.

Below are photos or screen grabs of the different mounts in action.

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