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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.

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This mountain bike ride is Wilson’s answer to the Cache Creek Racecourse: an epic ride that covers considerable mileage and elevation in one loop. Many scoff at the idea of riding up Phillips Ridge and down Phillips Canyon, imagining how daunting that climb must be; in reality, the climb its…

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Hidden Falls, a 100-foot waterfall on the southwestern shore of Jenny Lake, is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular hikes. Until last fall every time I went there — almost always only when I had family or friends visiting — I wondered why. It was crowded; the trail was muddy, and …

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Early this month my boyfriend, Derek Stal, and I were in Bend, Oregon, for a belated surprise birthday trip. We were originally scheduled to go to Bend in October, the month I was born, but three days before our departure I shattered my right wrist while hiking in Arizona.

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The first time I noticed High School Butte, off South Park Loop Road in West Jackson, was from the hot tub of the Cottonwood Clusters townhome I had recently moved into. It was a balmy mid-August evening, and I had lived in Wyoming for 50-some hours.

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With warm temperatures and intense sun hitting the slopes, I set my sights on a north-facing line for this ski adventure. Having recently perused Thomas Turiano’s “Teton Pass Backcountry Guide,” I reacquainted myself with an area off Mount Glory that I had attempted to ski a couple of times …

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Visiting the second-largest living organism in the world was anticlimactic. Had I not previously learned about Pando, an aspen grove with approximately 47,000 trees that are genetically identical and share a single root system, there was nothing in its vicinity to make one aware of its uniqueness.

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One month ago an excursion took me over Togwotee Pass to Brooks Lake Lodge for snowmobiling and lunch. On my way back from that adventure, near the top of Togwotee Pass, I looked directly at the Radio Tower Couloir — something I had wanted to ski for years and never made a point of making th…

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Last weekend the lifties working the RFID scanners at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort did a double take when I went through the turnstile. An old-school lift ticket — the kind with the hook you put through a zipper hole or loop and press and then fold a sticker to its front and back — was firml…

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With the spring sun beating down on the slopes, my skiing decisions have been a bit more thoughtful rather than directed toward the low-hanging fruit. Protected, north-facing hills are holding the best snow after March’s Death Star reared its ugly head.

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My Excursion column one month ago rhapsodized about the magic of the Mount Glory bootpack. While celebrating the magic of that hike, all I wrote about the ski down from the mountain’s hard-earned 10,033-foot summit was that there were many routes and that how to find each of them was difficu…

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I didn’t grow up bootpacking up mountains with skis on my back, much less doing so in extreme weather. The first winter I hiked up Mount Glory, the effort of it — 1,800ish vertical feet in a little more than one mile — was so punishing I had to distract myself.

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I went on this adventure just before our most recent storm, so it seems a bit silly to be writing about anything but skiing. That said, during the last bout of high pressure and no precipitation I took to biking on the trails in Cache Creek.

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It took me four trips in three seasons to finally have the perfect one-night vacation at Turpin Meadow Ranch, at the end of Buffalo Valley Road in the northern part of the valley.

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With the full moon having come on the first of the new year, now is a great time to get outside on clear nights to enjoy its brightness reflecting off the snowy ground.

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Maui is always a good idea in December. It’s an even better idea when you’re seven weeks into recovering from a shattered radius and don’t yet have the go-ahead from your doctor to ski.

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With low temperatures and little to no precipitation on the valley floor, we’re in that short window at the beginning of the winter when lake skating is perfect.

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Having already gone for a ski on Mount Glory in the morning, I wanted to take a short hike in the afternoon with my dog, Gunner. Something a little different and not too grueling.

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For this week’s excursion I traveled across the Atlantic to a hike in Italy. Not the most accessible for a weekend outing, but for those traveling to Europe this is a great one to add to your itinerary.

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Last Saturday morning it snowed in Jackson. My boyfriend sent me a photo of a gunmetal sky and several inches of snow covering the deck. Because I had flown to Scottsdale, Arizona, the day before, I threw open the curtains of my hotel room at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and snapped a sh…

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I finished writing this column last Friday night. I didn’t send it to my editor, though. The plan was to give it another read the following morning, fix any mistakes I found and then email it in.