These past few months I’ve enjoyed gaining deeper familiarity with summer routes in the Tetons (both east & west sides), the Gros Ventres, Yellowstone, the Wind River Range, the Absarokas & the Snake River Range. It has been fun to explore trails as well as get off the beaten path to discover new routes, mountains, and areas that lay a better foundation for winter adventures.
A few of the journeys have been on horseback or meeting up with my boyfriend, Peter Linn of Teton Outfitters & Linn Canyon Ranch, at horse camps in the mountains. It was nice to link up a few long mountain days on foot and stay at their sites in between. We then headed up to the head of the Yellowstone River on a spectacular horse pack trip. Covering about 80 miles in 5 days, I learned a lot about pack strings and horse travel in the high mountains.
As Fall rolled in, I visited the Darwin Ranch, the most remote guest ranch in the lower 48 – where Pete is the outfitter and lead hunting guide, a few times to enjoy the remote Gros Ventres trails and peaks and also to hunt elk with Pete. A few days ago, we had success when he shot a bull elk, showing me the process from start to finish – the hunt to the gutting to the packing to the processing. I learned so much and loved every minute of it. Thrilled to have pure, good meat to get us through the winter and excited to try for my own next year. In addition to joining a CSA this year, it is nice to have/provide your own real food.
Along the way, there have been a few Pretty Faces Premieres – the first in Boulder, the second in Jackson. It has been an honor to be included in the film and I have much respect for the Unicorn Picnic Team and Lynsey Dyer for changing the ski industry’s perception of women in film. All of the shows to date have sold out and that should lead to more female roles on screen with big companies in the future. The DVDs are available for pre-order at the website (link above).
I also got in a climbing trip to the City of Rocks for a week with some gal pals. After a slow summer of climbing (due to the car accident), it felt great to get back leading some solid routes, regaining mental strength. Thanks to training time with the Mountain Athlete guide/climbing team, I felt physically prepared.
Also honored to be featured in this ad in Backcountry Magazine for one of my great sponsors – Adventure Medical Kits – for their 25th Anniversary and BC Mag’s 20th. I have been a long time user of the kits and love being a part of their athlete/ambassador team. Thanks AMK!
And, lastly, this winter 2014-15 I will be ski-guiding for both EXUM Mountain Guides and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, as well as being an athlete at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In January, I’ll be heading to Munich, Germany as I was invited to be a judge for the international tradeshow, ISPO. . . making ski plans and stories to tie into this trip over the pond. And, on tap after that is more filming, skiing, mountaineering, ski camps, and some expeditions and guiding adventures. Excited for a busy season.
Next weekend, Pete and I leave for some mountain adventures in Peru. Looking forward to a new culture and a new country! As the snow starts to fall in Jackson, I hope we return to the start of a robust winter. Goose, the dog, is pretty excited about her first winter too.