Showing posts with label Wyoming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyoming. Show all posts

Video: Mountain Biking Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of the truly great adventure destinations in the American west. Not only does it offer great skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there are plenty of trails to hike and ride during the rest of the year as well. In this video we travel to Jackson with pro mountain bikers Curtis Keene and Jared Graves where they discover some epic singletrack mixed in with the breathtaking scenery that this part of the country is so well known for. Enjoy the video, but be warned: You're probably going to want to ride these trails yourself.

Adventure Racing World Championships Come to the U.S. for the First Time

The Adventure Racing World Series has announced the dates and location for the 2017 World Championships revealing that the event will be held in the U.S. for the very first time.

The Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race will serve as the championship event, which will take place from August 13-20, 2017 in the wilds of Wyoming. As usual with this race it will pit coed teams of four against one another over a course that will be hundreds of miles in length that they'll cover on foot, mountain bike, and kayak. As always, navigation will play just as important of a role as speed and endurance.

This will be the earliest in the year that the AR World Championship will have taken place, with the best teams from across the globe descending on Wyoming to take part in the race. Expect dozens of teams from places like Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Canada, and of course the U.S. to be on hand to battle it out for the win.

For those of us who are fans of adventure racing here in the U.S. this is great news. Previous AR World Championships have been held in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, and other great locations, but it will be good to have the race taking part stateside. I know that a lot of my AR friends will be looking forward to this as well.

Check out the announcement video below for an idea of what to expect from Cowboy Tough and start looking ahead to August of 2017 with the official race website.

Video: Frank and the Tower

Wyoming's Devils Tower is beyond a doubt one of the most well known landmarks in the western U.S., if not the world. rising 5112 feet (1558 meters), it strikes an imposing figure on the skyline. When Frank Sanders first set eyes on the Tower it was in a flash of lightning on a very dark night. It gave him a sense of anxiety that he had never felt before. That was back in 1972. Fast forward to today, and Frank has climbed the Tower more than 2000 times. This video introduces us to Frank and the Tower, giving us insights into their relationship over the years, and what an incredible impact that place has had on the climber's life.

Frank and the Tower from Recreational Equipment Inc. on Vimeo.

Video: Never Stop with Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin has been a North Face sponsored athlete for years, and in this video produced by the gear company we get a chance to learn a bit more about what makes him tick. As one of the premiere adventure photographers in the world, he spends much of his time on the road, as he is constantly in demand. But Jimmy loves to climb and ski, and thats where he finds his greatest happiness. Here, we see him with a few rare days at home in Jackson Hole, where he most feels at home. As you can imagine, this clip has some great photos and video of Jimmy in action, doing a job that most us would probably love to have, without realizing the demands it can sometimes put on you life.

Two Climbers Die in Fall Inside Grand Teton National Park

Two female climbers fell to their death while climbing inside Grand Teton National Park over the weekend as a strange, and tragic, summer season continues throughout the U.S. national park system.

Tyler Strandberg and Catherine Nix, both of Jackson, Wyoming, fell 200 feet while attempting to climb to the summit of Teewinot Mountain on Saturday. They were taking what is described as the standard route to the top along the East Face of that mountain when the accident occurred. The two women, along with a third climbing partner named Rebecca Anderson, were ascending a steep section without ropes when Strandberg and Nix fell. Anderson was the person who placed a 911 call to authorities to report the incident.

Teewinot is a 12,326-foot (3756 meter) peak that is generally climbed without the use of ropes. It is a mostly non-techcnal ascent, although there is a challenging Class 4.0 scramble to the summit near the end. The route up the East Face is also unmarked and requires good pathfinding skills to stay on course. The three women wandered off course on their way up the mountain, which led them into a much more challenging section that was very steep and rocky. Those conditions eventually contributed to the death of Strandberg and Nix, and also stranded Anderson who had to be airlifted off the mountain by helicopter.

My condolences to the friends and family of the two women who lost their lives. It is a sad story that reminds us of the dangers of climbing and the need to be extra cautious, particularly on a route that isn't well known.

Adventure Racer Looking to Set Record for Youngest to Complete Expedition Race

The Cameco Cowboy Tough expedition adventure race is set to get underway today in Wyoming. The 360+ mile long event will take place over four days, with teams of two and four going head to head against one another on foot, mountain bike, and kayak. The race, which is a qualifier for the Adventure Racing World Championships in Brazil this November, features some of the top teams in the world, including the YogaSlackers, NYRA, and Team Tecnu, which recently won Expedition Alaska.

One of the racers taking part in Cowboy Tough is looking to do more than just race with those top teams however. 14-year old Hunter Leninger – who is a part of Team Florida Xtreme – wants to set a new record for being the youngest person to complete an expedition length adventure race, something that is challenging for racers more than twice his age.

Hunter is no stranger to AR. He has taken part in more than 20 shorter events over the past seven years, and even completed a three-day race at the age of 12. During that time he has been gaining valuable experience, and we're told that his goal has now shifted away from simply completing the race to actually winning it.

You'll be able to follow Hunter's efforts on his Facebook page, and the race itself on the Cowboy Tough website. Good luck to Hunter and all of the other racers too.

Mountain Hardwear Is Giving Away Free Campsites This Summer

Mountain Hardwear is so committed to helping us get outside this summer that they're actually giving away free campsites. The gear company has joined forces with Hipcamp to provide free access to three amazing camps located in California, Wyoming, and New York, with visitors able to reserve a spot for two consecutive nights.

The three campsites include Clear Creek Ranch in Northern California, Grand Tetons Climber's Ranch in Wyoming, and The Gunks in New York. Each is of these private campsites offer beautiful outdoor settings that are perfect for a short escape to the backcountry, particularly during the warm summer months.

Reserving the sites is incredibly easy. Simply go to this website and look for the location that you are interested in visiting. Then, select the dates that you would like to stay at that location, and check to see if they are open. From there, you can book the site absolutely free.

If the dates you are looking for aren't available, don't fret. Mountain Hardwear plans to open more dates throughout the summer, and will send emails to campers to alert them that they are available. Announcements of new open dates will also be made on MHW social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

You can find out more at the Mountain Hardwear Blog here.

Video: Timelapse over the American West

Shot in Wyoming, Utah, and South Dakota, this fantastic video features some beautiful timelapse images from the American West. The landscapes are striking, dramatic, and awe inspiring to say the least. This is one of those videos you just want to sit back and enjoy, absorbing the entire experience while it lasts. At just four minutes in length, it is over far too quickly.

Trails End from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.