Dealing with fall’s fickle weather

A climber scales a vertical wall at City of Rocks National Reserve near Almo on Saturday. Friday’s weather was impressively bad for rock climbing, but Saturday turned out to be a pleasant day for the estimated 350 climbers participating in the Idaho Mountain Festival at Castle Rocks State Park and nearby City of Rocks. Jerry Painter / jpainter@postregister.com

The carnage from Friday night’s wind storm at Castle Rock State Park was impressive.

Annual hike goes for easy downhill ride

From left, Tanner and Nicole Pursley, Jerry Painter, Geoff Nielson and Luke Ramseth hike along the Teton Crest Trail from South Darby Canyon on the west side of the range to the Jackson Hole Ski Resort Aerial Tram on the east side of the range Saturday. The hike was about 15 miles long. Also on the hike was Jeanne and Joe Groberg.

This year’s up-and-over hike in the Tetons came with a real deadline.

Taking on the LOTOJA challenge

A group of racers begin their first leg of the Logan-to-Jackson bicycle race early Saturday morning. The chilly morning air saw most wearing extra layers for the first leg from Logan, Utah to Preston. About 1,800 riders joined the 206-mile race.

During Saturday’s Logan-to-Jackson bicycle race I kept getting in trouble with the girls.

Preparing for the big ride

Matthew Queen, left, and Tammy Beck climb up one of the three main passes along the Logan to Jackson Race on Saturday in preparation for the coming race on Sept. 10. (Photo by Shonda Queen)

As I pedaled to the top of Salt River Pass south of Afton, Wyo., on Saturday, the sweat poured down my face and stung my eyes. I wiped my forehead with my fingers, but what I really needed was a cloth or head band. It was an added irritant to the painful grind up the miles of steep grade.

Reunions mean camping out

Julie Painter, left, and her daughter Leah enjoy a spring hike in the mountains. Love of the outdoors is one of the things she has instilled in her children as they grew up. (Jerry Painter photo)

There’s a Biblical proverb that says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. While my children may not have absorbed all the things I would have liked them to, there is one thing they all seem to know and enjoy: The outdoors.

Going for a loop in the Tetons

A backpacker arrives at Hurricane Pass along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. In the background, the Grand Teton, left, and the Middle Teton are seen. Saturday was a busy day for the trail with dozens of backpackers crossing the pass. (Jerry Painter photo) A backpacker arrives at Hurricane Pass along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. In the background, the Grand Teton, left, and the Middle Teton are seen. Saturday was a busy day for the trail with dozens of backpackers crossing the pass. (Jerry Painter photo)

I was a few miles up a “non-official” trail in Roaring Fork Canyon on the west side of the Tetons on Saturday when I heard voices in the distance. It caught my attention and caused me to pick up my waning pace to catch up and chat.

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