Mountain history

A small group of archaeologists are blazing a path into places like Wyoming’s Wind River Range, the Tetons and Montana’s Beartooth Plateau, rewriting the understanding of prehistoric people’s use of what are now high elevation wilderness areas.

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.

State parks loan camping gear, other rec equipment to first-time adventurers

Priest Lake State Park is one of the participants in the First Time Adventure Program. Idaho State Parks and Recreation

If you want to give camping a try — or try it again after years in the city — without investing in the gear, Idaho State Parks and Recreation’s First Time Adventure Program will hook you up.

Idaho trio kayak 300 miles of Salmon River in 33 hours; trip would take weeks in summer

Idahoans (from left to right) Kyle Smith, Mike Bond and Sam Wells celebrate their arrival at the confluence of the Salmon and Snake rivers. Seth Dahl Courtesy of Big Cedar Media

Kyle Smith has a philosophical answer when asked why he and two friends kayaked 300 miles of the Salmon River through the heart of Idaho in one 32.5-hour push.

Feeding program kept elk out of trouble

The Henry’s Creek fire scorched about 22,000 acres of prime winter range in the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area. Due to the loss of food source and heavy snowpack, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game conducted an unprecedented feeding for the 4,000 elk that spend winter in the area. The feeding was done to keep the elk from eating area farmers’ hay and winter wheat. Photo courtesy Glenn Oakley

Emergency big game feeding in the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area this winter was done in order to keep elk out of trouble.

Grand Teton connects low-income families to community

Erik and Jennifer Balsa, of Jackson, navigate the migratory paths of birds during Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. The display showed kids the risks birds endure on their annual migratory journeys. (AP Photo / Jackson Hole News&Guide, Bradly J. Boner)

JACKSON, Wyo. — Azael Mendoza sat in the front seat of a patrol vehicle giggling and setting off sirens in Grand Teton National Park.

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