Still dealing with snow up high

Death Canyon Shelf, part of the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park, was still covered with a great deal of snow on Saturday. Several parts of the trail were under snow. (National Park photo)

While the snow is disappearing fast in the high country, the National Park Service reports that the highest trails, such as the Teton Crest Trail, and passes such as Paint Brush Divide, are still mostly snow covered.

Pompey’s Pillar impressive stop for Corps of Discovery

Pompey’s Pillar, originally named Pompy’s Tower, impressed William Clark on his journey to explore the Yellowstone River. By Terry Thomas /

JULY 3, 1806, TRAVELER’S REST, PRESENT-DAY LOLO, MONTANA. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wished each other well as the Corps of Discovery split into two parties at Traveler’s Rest, a camp that they had used on their journey west the previous year.

Rock climbing reaches biblical heights

Megan Dempsey, left climber in black pants, and Cozeth Sykes, right climber, start up different routes on the Zen Garden Wall in Maple Canyon, Utah on Friday. The group drove down from Idaho Falls to enjoy some of the hundreds of rock climbing routes in the canyon. (Photo by Jerry Painter)

The rock climbing route was called the Thessalonian Buttress. I’m assuming it was named after the epistle the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. While not necessarily a journey of spiritual discovery, this 300-foot-tall, three-pitch vertical climb in Maple Canyon, Utah, was an eye-opener.

Listening for rattlers at a new climbing area

Taylor Carpenter of Idaho Falls climbs a basalt rock wall at a new climbing area called Teddy Bear Cove not far from the Massacre Rocks climbing area west of American Falls. This new area boasts easier access, than the Massacre Rocks area and is mostly on state land. (Jerry Painter photo)

He was about 30 feet up a vertical rock wall Saturday when rock climbing friend Tanner Pursley suddenly yelped and said, “TAKE!” It was unexpected because he was climbing a relatively easy route.


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