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As we approach the end of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to remain safe and healthy. Don’t get sick just before crossing the finish line. Nordic skiing offers the perfect way to exercise without putting yourself at risk, and with light snows to freshen up trails, and pleasant hi…

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Bert Raynes, the prominent head of the perpetually active Jackson Hole Bird and Nature Club, asked me years ago to present a Sunday evening talk to his membership. I recall that phone call as if it were yesterday.

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The other day I happened to catch part of a podcast put out by the Utah Avalanche Center that involved a conversation between three renowned avalanche experts — the forecasters, snow scientists, heli-ski guides, avalanche educators and all-around winter gurus Drew Hardesty, Ian McCammon and …

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We are skiing in a winter wonderland! Significant new snowfall brings the area into the best skiing of the season and a perfect time to get out on the trails for the first or hundredth time.

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“We used to think he was crazy,” one of my truly longest-time friends, Dr. Charles P. Phillips, of Stuart, Florida, laughed last week as we visited about Christmas and our over 60 years of other shared holiday celebrations. As I was growing up in South Florida the Phillipses were the Bruuns’…

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With cold temperatures and light snowfall throughout the week, expect generally good ski conditions. Nighttime temps hovering around zero should make for solid skating, classic cross-country and fat biking, but keep an eye out for patchy, thin snow at lower elevations.

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The Jackson Hole News&Guide checks in with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center to bring readers weekly snowpack reports and summaries. Find avalanche reports, snow conditions and new features at JHAvalanche.org. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is inherently dangerous. This report …

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As 2020 ticks down I’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months. It’s crazy to think about where we were last December compared with where we are now. In my worst nightmares I don’t think I could have imagined what has taken place this year, and yet, despite the stress and angst we all — regar…

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Moderate snowfall and warm weather have brought local skiing into full swing. As weather clears, falling temperatures should harden courses, solidifying the base across the area, and allow for the first excellent skate skiing of the season.

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Every indication so far this year is that backcountry skiing is more popular than ever. Sales of backcountry skiing gear had been climbing steadily in the years before COVID-19. Then ski resorts closed last spring and basically everybody bought a setup.

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Ever since October, I’ve worried about assembling this story. So during the season built around giving, I submit that nothing is more appropriate than celebrating Jackson’s George L. Thompson. As all who knew this gentleman will attest, he was always about giving and helping everyone he could.

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“We used to think he was crazy,” one of my truly longest-time friends, Dr. Charles P. Phillips, of Stuart, Florida, laughed last week as we visited about Christmas and our over 60 years of other shared holiday celebrations. As I was growing up in South Florida the Phillipses were the Bruuns’…

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With cold temperatures and light snowfall throughout the week, expect generally good ski conditions. Nighttime temps hovering around zero should make for solid skating, classic cross-country and fat biking, but keep an eye out for patchy, thin snow at lower elevations.

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The Jackson Hole News&Guide checks in with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center to bring readers weekly snowpack reports and summaries. Find avalanche reports, snow conditions and new features at JHAvalanche.org. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is inherently dangerous. This report …

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As 2020 ticks down I’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months. It’s crazy to think about where we were last December compared with where we are now. In my worst nightmares I don’t think I could have imagined what has taken place this year, and yet, despite the stress and angst we all — regar…

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Moderate snowfall and warm weather have brought local skiing into full swing. As weather clears, falling temperatures should harden courses, solidifying the base across the area, and allow for the first excellent skate skiing of the season.

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Every indication so far this year is that backcountry skiing is more popular than ever. Sales of backcountry skiing gear had been climbing steadily in the years before COVID-19. Then ski resorts closed last spring and basically everybody bought a setup.

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Ever since October, I’ve worried about assembling this story. So during the season built around giving, I submit that nothing is more appropriate than celebrating Jackson’s George L. Thompson. As all who knew this gentleman will attest, he was always about giving and helping everyone he could.

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I last wrote about skinning up Old Pass Road in this column in 2011. Then I presented it as an option for anyone looking to avoid the hot mess of the parking lot at the top of Teton Pass. And I still think it could be a great way to do that, although now boot-packing the 1,800 vertical feet …

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We are all losers. None of us makes it through this journey called life without failing at least a few times, whether that failure comes in athletics, politics, school or relationships. There’s plenty of literature supporting the idea that losing is important to character development, so why…

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Last week I found myself bushwacking alone through heavy underbrush, struggling to make my way forward. I was following a map on my phone, and according to the slowly moving little blue dot I was close to a trail, but closing the gap was taking longer than I’d anticipated. On top of that, I’…

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When was the last time you heard any of our nation’s leaders admit to a mistake or question a past position or decision? It probably happens, but off the top of my head I can’t think of any. And yet, who of us can say we have never made a decision that we regret, that was wrong or that we wo…

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I’m writing this Tuesday of last week. When I woke up at 6 this morning it was 46 degrees. Now, at 9:30 a.m., it’s up a couple of degrees, and superbly moody clouds lurk outside the windows of my office. From experience (and a quick look at the local radar) I know their menace is more bark t…

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You’ve heard it before: Tandem canoes (or tandem kayaks for that matter) are called divorce boats, so why would any couple jeopardize their relationship by launching on a river in one? Well, that’s just what my husband and I have done, and, for the most part, it’s been great, although we’ve …

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This glorious 2020 fall is an early Christmas gift, especially since I wasn’t expecting such a high-level, mood-elevating surprise. The removal of an unpleasant burst spleen obliterated fall 2019. So I’m extremely grateful for another opportunity to profit from Wyoming’s grandeur, crowds and all.

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic I have been pretty good about following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for minimizing my risk of catching or spreading the disease. I wear a mask in public places and try to do all my socializing and exercising outdoors and sepa…

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That sudden frigid blast that predictably arrived at the tail end of August, followed by snowy staccato bursts promised in early September, caught me by surprise. My weather attention went wandering because no Sept. 1 dove outing was planned. Previously I’d fret over how such icy calendar cl…

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Another highlight of helping John Simms introduce and sell his emerging SIMMS wader product line during the 1985 International Sportsman’s Expo in the former Kingdome was a post-show bus ride to see Herschel, Seattle’s notorious visiting California sea lion.

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On July 13 Smithsonian magazine ran an article by Jackson writer Drew Higgins titled, “Will COVID-19 Spell the End of Outdoor and Environmental Education?” The headline sprang from the results of a survey by the University of California Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science that questioned nea…

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I’ve finally realized that the ear drum injury that medically washed me out of Air Force pilot training was a miracle in disguise. Due to a misplaced sense of direction, that painful 1960s ear accident ultimately saved Uncle Sam and me a load of expensive, missing or wrecked equipment!

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Idaho Hot Springs Route: It was hot. The road radiated back the sun. We were in the middle of a burned-out forest and the only trees in sight were blackened sticks, pointing up toward the blue sky. I’d soaked my shirt in a stream not long before, but it dried in a matter of minutes. Sweat dr…

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You’d think since there are only three hiking trails on the National Elk Refuge that, after 23 years in the valley, I’d have done them all. You’d also think that, as someone who enjoys the valley’s history, I’d have wondered about the original route between Kelly and Jackson before last month.

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A fall Madison River afternoon prevails as one of my fondest outdoor memories. While wading a park location suggested by helpful West Entrance Yellowstone ranger Frank Beals, I cast toward a noisy downstream splash. The fly, a Bitch Creek Nymph customized by Jim Danskin in his fly shop, had …