Outside things to be thankful about

Sunrises and sunsets are one of those free gifts given to outdoor lovers on an almost daily basis. This sunrise is framed by the Teton Range to the east of the Ashton area. (Jerry Painter photo)

On Saturday, a friend and I were driving back from the Heise area after spending the afternoon rock climbing near Wolf Flats and witnessed one of the world’s great free gifts: an amazing sunset.

Desert fun near Boise

Heather Holloway pauses to consider the trail ahead on the Wilson Creek Trail to Reynolds Creek Trail. The area, south of Kuna, is popular with hikers, climbers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and ATVers. (Jerry Painter photo)

At one point Saturday our group hiked through a rocky, sandy ravine closed in on both sides by rugged rock walls. It was as if we had stepped onto the “Star Wars” planet of Tatooine. Any minute, the dreaded Sand People would jump from behind the rocks and ambush us.

Time to get fat

Two fat bikers ride the lift up at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort during an end of the ski season demo day a couple of years ago. There are several regional areas that offer nice opportunities to fat bike on snow. (Jerry Painter photo)

My friends are telling me it’s time to get fat.

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.

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