Dodging in the dodgy weather

Davin Ray Lybbert, a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho from Ontario, Canada, climbs a route at the Teddy Bear Cover area west of American Falls on Saturday. (Jerry Painter photo)

Six adventurers were gathered for breakfast Saturday morning in the small kitchen of the Painter household.

Keeping it together in dicey situations

Jerry Painter stands on the summit of Pingora Peak in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range with Wolf's Head peak in the background. The giant, fin-shaped peak is a popular objective among climbers, but has been the scene for several epic outings. (Photo by Sam Painter)

The day after climbing Wolf’s Head in Wyoming’s Cirque of the Towers this summer our group was just sitting around camp fixing dinner. It had been a chill day of goofing off, fishing and hiking.

Still plenty of outdoor fun to be had

A pair of day hikers observe a bull moose blocking the trail around Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park during a fall hike. Fall can offer some of the best hiking of the year. (Jerry Painter photo)

The end of summer was like a hard slap to the face. But don’t let it push you to the couch to hibernate until next April.

Wind River Range calls to backcountry anglers

Tanner Pursley, of Rigby, tries to interest a complacent school of trout in his lure near the outlet of Lonesome Lake high in the Wind River Range during a recent backpacking trip. Jerry Painter photo

After reaching our climbing goal in the Wind River Range of Wyoming a few weeks ago, we got up the next morning and had one plan for the day: Catch some trout for lunch.

A heady game on Wolf’s Head peak

Jerry Painter climbs along the Piton Pitch of Wolf's Head in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range on Friday. Although the climbing was generally not difficult, the exposure to heights was off the charts. (Photo by Tanner Pursley)

I was leading the third pitch on Friday of the famous Wolf’s Head peak found high in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming’s Wind River Range when I made a mistake.

Paradise found in the Sawtooth mountains

From left, Curtis Hoffman and Levi Painter are high on the slopes of Alpine Peak above Sawtooth Lake in central Idaho on Aug. 12. The pair were climbing to the summit of the peak on a smoky morning. (Jerry Painter photo)

A couple of weeks ago the Painters were holding a family reunion in the Stanley Basin area of central Idaho. Of course, hikes were involved.

A shorter approach to Cascade Canyon

Julie Painter takes in the view of the stream flowing into the north end of Jenny Lake from String Lake in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. (Jerry Painter photo)

As a family, we decided to hike up Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. Instead of taking the hugely popular trail around the south end of Jenny Lake, we hiked in from the north side.



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