Tips for getting outside in wet weather

Sometimes the low-tech solution, such as this rain poncho, can work the best. Getty Images

A few years ago, some friends and I decided to hike from the South Teton Canyon up to Alaska Basin, around Buck Mountain and down Death Canyon in a day. One of our annual Teton up-and-over hikes. We were to be picked up on the other side by wives and friends.

A mystery in Box Canyon

Ashlin Cuneo, left, and Nicole Pursley peek into the man-made cave with a metal door on it in Box Canyon east of Howe on Saturday. Many fanciful stories surround the purpose of the structure that sits on Bureau of Land Management land in a Wilderness Study Area. (Jerry Painter photo)

About a mile up a bumpy jeep road in Box Canyon east of Howe is a mystery wrapped in an enigma surrounded by some goofiness.

An Idaho-like ride in Moab

A mass of cyclists — nearly 500 — gather at the start of the Gran Fondo Moab on Saturday morning for the start of the race/ride out of town and through the nearby La Sal Mountains for 60 miles. (Photo by Brian Edgerton)

Fickle might be the best word to describe the weather in Moab, Utah on Saturday.

A developing love affair with an ice ax

A climber soaks up the views on top of Mount Shasta (14,162 feet) June 14, 2003. The summit block is mostly crumbly volcanic rock and ice.

A few years ago my son, brother and I were preparing to climb Mount Shasta, one of California’s 14ers. As preparation we decided to do a spring climb of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range of Utah near where my brother lives.

Riding in the park on a wet day

A mug of soda pop proudly proclaims that the Frostop Drive-In has been in Ashton since 1965. The root beer hit the spot after a long, wet day of riding. Jerry Painter

On the bike ride back from Old Faithful to West Yellowstone, Mont., we had two choices of positions to ride in, the front or the back. Both had problems.

Setting sights on Idaho’s nine 12ers

A group of scramblers relax on the summit of Diamond Peak, one of Idaho’s 12,000-foot mountains in the Lemhi Range northwest of Idaho Falls. The goal of climbing to the summit of all nine of Idaho’s 12,000 peaks has become a sought after prize for many outdoor enthusiasts. Jerry Painter

It’s been several years since I spent a summer climbing Idaho’s nine 12ers.

Spring has sprung on area activities

Cozeth Sykes, of Idaho Falls, climbs one of the South Park routes Saturday at Wolf Flats near Heise. Sykes said in the summer time she usually climbs in this area at least once every other week. Pat Sutphin /

Facebook friends are chattering about trips to cycle the nearby national parks, or mountain biking outings in the foothills east of town. It’s a sure sign of spring when friends are lining up hikes and climbing trips for the coming weekends.

Make plans to ride one of the park roads

A pair of dogs take their master on a bike ride along Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park during April when the road is closed to vehicles. Jerry Painter

The general theory about eastern Idaho spring weather is that the farther along we go, the fewer bad weather days we’ll have each week until late spring and early summer arrives and we might have one bad day in seven.


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