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In summer 2017, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort debuted via ferrata routes in Wyoming. To this day the resort’s via ferratas remain some of the few in the U.S. Via ferratas — which translates from Italian as “iron path” — are a European thing. While via ferratas have become a recreational activ…

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Skinning up the lower flanks of a mountain in Daisetsuzan National Park, which is pretty close to smack dab in the middle of Hokkaido, Japan, I wore two puffy jackets, goggles, a hat, two hoods, one Buff around my neck and a second that covered my cheeks and nose, and Marmot mittens so puffy…

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The soon-to-start-for-this-ski-season nonstop flights between Jackson Hole and San Francisco do not exist for the benefit of locals, but for the benefit of Bay Area residents who want to vacation in Jackson Hole. But as a local with a brother, sister-in-law and two nieces who live in San Fra…

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It’s that time of year when there’s not quite enough snow to say that ski season is upon us but just enough to blanket the entire valley, making it difficult to do much else: the dreaded offseason.

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Until this year I thought my bike rides down Adams Canyon were illegal or at least frowned upon. The route to get there from the top is virtually nonexistent and it was never marked on a trail map — until this summer.

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For this column I was all set to write about hiking the Paintbrush Canyon Trail to Paintbrush Divide and back. After connecting Paintbrush Canyon with Cascade Canyon into an 18(ish)-mile loop at least once every summer for 21 years, this summer I decided to hike to the divide as an out-and-b…

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Not sure what the weather was going to do, I set out last-minute to secure a campsite somewhere in Grand Teton National Park, ideally on Jackson Lake. The park allows reservations for its backcountry sites up to 24 hours in advance of trips, so heading to the visitor center midmorning the da…

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Struggling to launch my inflatable stand-up paddleboard into the fast-moving current of the Snake River at the South Park boat ramp, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was truly ready to graduate from local lakes and mellow stretches of river to a Class II section of river. Standing in shin-dee…

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I didn’t ride the Skyline Trail in its inaugural season last year due to injury, so I set out to ride it in both directions this summer so I could give it a proper critique. I haven’t decided which direction I prefer to ride the trail, as each way seems to have its advantages and disadvantag…

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“Isn’t Jackson Hole supposed to be a hotbed of awesome athletes?” I thought to myself about 20 seconds into my first Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb, an annual race from the base area of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the top of the tram — a climb of about 4,100 vertical feet over 7(ish) miles.