Mountain Story 2019

Where great adventure meets great storytelling

JAN 15-17

Schedule below

Teton County Library


All events are free, thanks to your donations, small and large, to the Teton County Library Foundation & Friends. Tickets are required only for Alex Honnold's keynote address.

Tickets for Alex Honnold's talk have all been claimed, join the waitlist here, or plan to watch it on Facebook Live.

Exhibit: Entrenched Meanderings

Bryan Iguchi

Exhibit Opening Reception
TUE, JAN 15, 7 P.M.
Library Gallery

Join us for an opening reception with local artist Bryan Iguchi’s landscape paintings, inspired by the “catchment to coast continuum.” Explore realizations of powerful formative patterns and life-sustaining connections, following the path of least resistance. Refreshments will be served.

You Can't Make this Stuff Up: How to Write Creative Nonfiction

Annette McGivney

WED, JAN 16, 3PM
Ordway Auditorium
Real life is often stranger than fiction. But how to do you turn a set of facts or personal experience into an engaging story? Annette shares wisdom and skills she has gained during three decades working as a journalist. Genres touched on include memoir, outdoor adventure and true crime. Learn techniques for conducting in-depth research, journalistic interviews and transforming factual material into writing that reads like a novel with narrative descriptions, character development and story structure.


Alone on the Wall to Free Solo
Alex Honnold

WED, JAN 16, 7PM
Center for the Arts
Alex takes us around the world with him, answering the questions “Are you afraid of dying?” and “Why do you do this?” He lets us in on personal insights and lessons he’s learned navigating his extraordinary journey that’s led to a free solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Tickets are sold out; watch the talk on Facebook Live.

Pure Land and the Healing Power of Nature
Annette McGivney

Ordway Auditorium

Explore the connections between family violence and trauma- and how a relationship to wild places can heal these wounds. Annette McGivney shares how a story assignment for Backpacker magazine changed her life and grew into her book Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth. Part true crime and part memoir, Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon and of the author's personal journey as she became connected to both the victim and the perpetrator.


Thank you Nancy and Hans Johnstone, of The Alpine House Lodge & Cottages, for generously lodging our Mountain Story speakers.


Presenter Bios

Annette McGivney

Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Backpacker, Outside, Runners World, Sunset, and other publications. Annette is the author of five nonfiction books including her most recent work, Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth. McGivney lives in Flagstaff, AZ.

Alex Honnold

Nicknamed Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold for his humble attitude toward extreme risk, his free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized climbers in the world. His free-solo of El Capitan’s “Freerider” route, has been hailed as one of the greatest sporting achievements of our time. Whether climbing with a rope or without, Alex believes climbing is a fantastic vehicle for adventure, an opportunity to seek out those highest moments with uncertain outcomes in which you’re forced to push through to survive.

Bryan Iguchi

Spending two decades of winters exploring the backcountry of Jackson Hole has shaped his career as a professional snowboarder and artist. Using mix mediums, he captures familiar landscapes and imagines new ones. Bryan’s art is inspired by vast landscapes, mountain topography, the fluid movement of precipitation, rivers, erosion, and breaking waves. His work has been featured throughout the snowboarding industry. The lines he lays down can also be found in the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges of Wyoming. Bryan lives in Wilson Wyoming with his wife and two sons. Photo courtesy of Wade Dustan.

Emily Johnston

Guiding has taken Emily to the rivers and mountains of every continent, including Denali, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Vinson and Mt. Everest. Living in Driggs in the late ‘90s inspired her to go to medical school, recognizing the need for more rural doctors. She has practiced in rural settings in the West, and has taught medicine in DR  Congo, Nepal and Bhutan. She currently works  as a mountain guide, whitewater guide, and ski patroller at Grand Targhee. She also works as an ER doctor, teaches military mountain  medicine courses for the US Army, and is medical director for several guide services.