Snow came early again to Wyoming this year. Early snow in September, a bit more in October. This picture was taken November 2. With additional snow since then, Grand Targhee opened yesterday, 11/22, and Jackson Hole will open Thanksgiving Day. See the Winter page for this years schedule. It’s time- wax ‘em up!
Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, Jackson Hole’s community wide celebration of philanthropy was held September 7th. Over 3600 people of all ages convened on the Jackson Town Square to run, walk, and wheel in support of the many non profits that provide so many valuable services to our community. Teton Adaptive Sports has been participating in OBFR since our beginning in 2005, and as many small local non profits do, rely on this event as our primary source of funding. This year the event raised over 9 million dollars, pushing the total to over 100 million since it’s beginning. Thanks to all who supported TAS in this event, and as always, many,many thanks to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for organizing and hosting this remarkable day!
Joe Stone is on a journey- The Ironman’s Journey. Joe is training to become the 1st wheelchair using quadriplegic to finish an Ironman competition. Joe recently attended the Wydaho Mountain Bike Rally at Grand Targhee Resort where Ryan Burke, Michael Cote, and I (Kurt Henry) spent the day with Joe. While there we figured out transporting off road adaptive handcycles up the chairlift and Joe and Ryan made the 1st adaptive cycling descent of Grand Targhee. Joe is a truly inspiring individual and invites everyone to join him on his journey as he trains and travels and raises awareness for adaptive sports. His Ironman competition is November 2nd in Florida. Check him out at http://meetjoestone.com/ http://ironmansjourney.com/#
TAS recently held the 2nd and final Paddle Day at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Paddle Days have become the most popular of TAS Summer Adventure Days, with over 50 people enticed by another amazing Jackson Hole summer day and the chance to try out a variety of watercraft. The big hit this session was the debut of Supsquatch, a giant sized stand up paddle board. As with all TAS Paddle Days, instructors and watercraft were donated by Rendezvous River Sports and food donated by the great folks at Snake River Brewing.
We all know TAS Summer Program Manager Ryan Burke as a strong athlete, but this was an amazing achievement. A recently introduced Jackson Hole endurance event, the Teton Triathlon, also known as “the Picnic”, enticed 7 competitors to attempt the following:
bike from Jackson to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park(22 miles), swim across Jenny Lake(1.3 miles, solo climb the Grand Teton(10 miles), descend to the lake(10 miles), swim back across(1.3 miles), bike back to Jackson(22 miles). Ryan had the fastest time with 11 hours, 30 minutes. Way to go Ryan!
Teton Adaptive Sports had a great two days on the South Fork of the Snake River with Thomas, Brendan, and Kevin. As you can tell from the photo above, Kevin was psyched to hang up his wheelchair for the afternoon and captain the boat down the beautiful horseshoe shaped canyon on the Snake River. All the boys had a blast roasting marshmallows around the fire, rowing the boat themselves, and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Fun was had by all and there is already talk of doing the trip again next year!!!