101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country: Go Fishing

Written by admin on October 30, 2009 – 6:05 am -

 Fly Fishing on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, WY Mike Calabrese, AJ DeRosa, Ed Domer, Adam Gottschling

Great idea #28

Go fishing—Mountain country holds some of the best fishing steams and lakes in the lower 48 states. The area abounds with fishing shops and guide services. Hire a guide or just get out and explore (pg. 16)

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For details, be sure to visit the many great information centers found in our parks and gateway towns.


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TGR re:Session Premiere at the Spud Drive In

Written by admin on October 28, 2009 – 6:04 am -

 re:Session TGR Video

If you missed the Jackson Premiere, check out Teton Gravity Research’s newest ski video at the Spud Drive In Saturday November 14th.  Visit the TGR website for details and info.  Click Here to view the trailer.

 

 


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Volkl wins environmental award for making skis from recycled materials

Written by admin on October 26, 2009 – 6:03 am -

volkl nanuq

Interesting press release about the new Volkl Nanuq backcountry ski, made from recycled materials.  Retails for $729, about the same price as most other skis.  Hopefully recycled materials will be the wave of the future in ski construction…

Volkl has been named the inaugural winner of the new Eco Responsibility Award. The prize, awarded at the winter ISPO trade fair, is intended to honor companies leading the way in their industries in the areas of sustainability and environment. The independent jury, comprised of scientists, consultants and journalists, paid tribute to Volkl\’s extensive commitment to the environment, giving praise in this case to the new Nanuq touring ski (Category \"Hardware\"). The ski offers great skiing performance, but also the environmentally sound production process through which they are manufactured. This includes top sheets and edges made of recycled materials and significant reductions in the use of resins and other toxic materials. A variety of factors beyond the product itself were incorporated into the evaluation for the Eco Responsibility Award. These ranged from the procurement of raw materials to production, distribution and packaging. The anchoring of ecological and social aspects into the corporate culture were also acknowledged as criteria "As a passionate winter sports brand, we live for nature and also consider ourselves especially responsible for the maintenance of an intact environment," says Dr. Christoph Bronder, President of the Marker Volkl Group. The concept calls for continuous improvements to the corporate divisions and processes, starting with management. To pursue sustainability in as consistent a manner as possible, Marker Volkl founded its own management group tasked with an intense exploration of corporate social responsibility. The group is focused in particular on the areas of water, energy and material use – as well as the sustainable development of innovative and environmentally friendly products. The numerous projects already implemented in this area include a new facility for water treatment at Volkl’s main production plant in Straubing, Germany. It saves roughly 30,000 liters of water each year, water which previously had to be disposed of as hazardous waste. Another key contribution came with the addition of several heat exchangers to the plant’s heating system. This results in savings of over 1.5 mn KwH of gas each year, corresponding to a CO2 reduction of some 290 tons. Volkl is currently implementing numerous other energy-saving projects: from the switchover of all light sources to energy-saving bulbs to the training of an internal energy consultant solely responsible for the optimization of all electronic equipment. Another point of focus is the sustainable use of materials: wood, a key material for ski cores, plays a central role here. For the production in Straubing Volkl sources its wood only from sustainably managed forests. All wood scraps are collected and processed into pellets for heating plants. All metal (such as aluminum shavings) and all polyethylene plastics are also recycled. Volkl is also active in the area of waste reduction: That means carton-free delivery of components in small reusable tubs, reusable rolling containers and folding container boxes for shipping large quantities from the factory to the United States. These changes save roughly 30,000 kg in cardboard waste annually.


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101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country Great idea #8: Get on the Bus

Written by admin on October 23, 2009 – 6:00 am -

 Old Faithful Inn and bus, Yellowstone National Park, WY

101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country Great idea #8

Get on the bus—Tired of having to watch the road while everyone else gets to look for bears? Then view Yellowstone from the perspective of early park visitors by touring in the luxury of a refurbished “Historic Yellow Bus.”

For more great ideas, click on Mountain Country Adventure Guide.

For details, be sure to visit the many great information centers found in our parks and gateway towns.

 


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Hiking Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Written by wade on October 21, 2009 – 6:00 am -


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Conrad Anker & Jimmy Chin talk tomorrow night at the Teton Theater

Written by admin on October 19, 2009 – 2:07 pm -

Meru Expedition, Garwhal, India

Alpinists Conrad Anker & Jimmy Chin present Mount Meru "The Center of the Universe": Teamwork and Tenacity in the Himalaya Tuesday October 20th, 7pm at the Teton Theater in Jackson.  Click Here for tickets and details.

Deep in the Indian Himalaya, 22,000-foot Mount Meru presents the ultimate test to alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. Aiming for a summit atop thousands of feet of sheer granite, their eighteen-day ascent is racked by storm and cold. Delving deep into their souls to find the will to continue, and relying on teamwork and trust, they survive the hardest climb of their careers.


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101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country: Old Faithful Inn and Geyser

Written by admin on October 16, 2009 – 6:00 am -

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, WY

101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country Great idea #6

Old Faithful Inn and Geyser—Of course the Old Faithful Geyser is on your must-see list, but don’t forget to go inside the spectacular Old Faithful Inn. It’s over 100 years old and bathed in a rich history. For more great ideas, click on Mountain Country Adventure Guide. For details, be sure to visit the many great information centers found in our parks and gateway towns.

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY


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Lightning over Teton Pass, a time-lapse photo by Wade McKoy

Written by wade on October 14, 2009 – 6:00 am -


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Deeper trailer from Teton Gravity Research

Written by admin on October 12, 2009 – 11:29 am -

Here’s a new trailer from Teton Gravity Research‘s latest production, Deeper, a new snowboard movie starring Jeremy Jones.  Check out Jeremy’s non- profit Protect Our Winters dedicated to reversing global warming.


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101 Things To Do in Jackson Hole / Tetons / Yellowstone Country: Musuems

Written by admin on October 9, 2009 – 6:00 am -

iScout

101 Things To Do: Vacation Adventures in Mountain Country Great idea #13

Museums—Several outstanding regional and national museums augment many local museums, providing insight into mountain country’s past. In Cody at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC), The Greater Yellowstone Adventure in the Draper Museum of Natural History offers an expedition passport that you stamp at various points of interest. Go on an art hunt throughout the five museums of the BBHC to find hidden object details. Complete the search and receive a prize (pg. 38). Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art exhibits over 5,000 works of art on wildlife and nature, many historic. The world-reknowned museum’s grounds and building incorporate art both subtle and dramatic. Each community has a local museum, too,  rich in history, quant and modest in setting.

For more great ideas, click on Mountain Country Adventure Guide.

For details, be sure to visit the many great information centers found in our parks and gateway towns.

 


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