Tyler Hislop’s Jackson Hole

We’d like to believe Tyler moved to Jackson to work for us at Barker-Ewing Whitewater… but, as it turns out, what drew Tyler here was a summer of rocks and a winter of riding. A link to Tyler’s world opens up the kind of adventures that the Tetons bring for many. Here’s one of his entries, also found at http://wanderslog.blogspot.com/.

Yesterday, I completed the Guide’s Wall route on Storm Point in Cascade Canyon with my friend Kevin. If you have been following along, I had been eyeballing this route earlier in the season in hopes of bagging it. Yesterday, we got an early start and took the first boat across Jenny Lake to begin our hike into Cascade Canyon. The weather was very foggy in the morning from the last day’s rains, but the day promised to be warm and sunny. Conditions were perfect for a long day’s climb.

Remember, Guide’s Wall is a mega classic, six pitch, alpine grade II rock climb rated at 5.8 difficulty. The climb was a spectacular success! We were first party on the wall, and encountered only one party below us. Weather was perfect and the climbing was excellent, especially the hand crack variation on pitch five, and pitch six at the top. Upon repelling back to the bottom, we looked forward to the boat ride back across Jenny Lake to follow our hike out. My kind of mechanized climbing!

-Tyler Hislop

Jessica Moore’s Wanderlust

With the end of the season drawing near (at a seemingly exponential pace), I find the craziness of high-season in Jackson has been replaced with a swarm of friends in need of help packing, organizing and consolidating, all ready and eager to embark on the next chapter of their lives- college. Although I am also in the midst of preparing to leave Jackson, my to-do list has nothing to do with course catalogs, room-mates or picking a major.

My parents were far from surprised when I casually informed them one night at the dinner table that I would be deferring my admission to the University of Montana for a year so that I could embark on an eight month journey throughout South America. Although my mother was quick to tell me that she would be billing me the full cost of disguising all the new grey hairs I would surely be giving her, they were both incredibly supportive.

Growing up in Jackson has instilled within me a deeply rooted appreciation for both nature and adventure. However, it has also given me a slightly skewed perception of reality. Thus, in planning my trip, my number one priority is to not be just a privileged Jackson youth enjoying a year-long vacation. I have tried, and I like to think successfully, to combine my love for the outdoors with a desire to help others (all the while operating on a very limited budget).

I will spend the first two months right outside of Sucre, Bolivia as a volunteer trail-guide for an organization called CondorTrekkers (http://www.condortrekkers.org/). This Bolivian based non-profit uses the money from guided backpacking tours to help local children and communities in need. From there, I will spend three months in Guatemala with a completely separate, although practically identical, organization called QuetzalTrekkers (http://www.quetzaltrekkers.com/xela). Subtract a few weeks in Ecuador (to explore) and a few in Argentina (to visit a friend) and the rest of my time will be spent in Peru. This is the last leg of my trip and therefore is intentionally vague- I intend to go with the flow, meet new people and see what types of opportunities present themselves to me south of the equator.

From the moment I first started speaking, my parents have both cursed and admired what they refer to as my intuitive sense of wanderlust. I intend to live minimally and maximize my experiences every second of my trip. I know how fortunate I am to have this opportunity and plan to return to Jackson with an even greater appreciation for this beautiful valley and everything it has given me throughout my childhood.

Maybe I’ll even do some rafting while I’m down there…. Jessica Moore