Mountain Story 2018

Getting Your Fix

JAN 8-10

Schedule below

Teton County Library

Communications, 307-733-2164 x132

All events are free (non-ticketed), thanks to your donations, small and large, to the Teton County Library Foundation & Friends. Above photo by Chris Figenshau.

Sixty Meters to Anywhere
Brendan Leonard

Pink Garter Theater
Known for funny, inspirational adventure essays, Leonard’s path to the mountains started in a much darker place. Join him for a "motivational stand-up comedy show" inspired by his book Sixty Meters to Anywhere, one of Amazon’s 2016 “Best Books of the Year” and a finalist for the Mountain & Wilderness Literature prize at Banff Mountain Book Festival. This talk is presented in partnership with the Curran Seeley Foundation.

Author Q&A: Behind the Stories 

Brendan Leonard

Ordway Auditorium
Curious about how books, magazine articles and films get made? Or have questions about how adventure sports relates to addiction? Join us for a unique conversation with author Brendan Leonard and Jackson athlete and counselor Ryan Burke.

From Kids to Kidnapping, Finding Balance on and off the Rock
Beth Rodden

Pink Garter Theater
When Beth’s dad took her, at age 14, to a climbing gym, she fell in love with the sport, which quickly consumed her life. The community, physical movement and problem solving all captured her spirit and gave her direction and a place in the world. Then climbing took a darker turn when she was kidnapped in Central Asia and a pursuit driven by love and excitement, became ruled by fear and obligation. Through writing, Beth shares how what seemed like an ending became a new beginning.

Broken Instincts: Addiction, Nature & Writer's Block
Ryan Burke

WED, JAN 10, 3PM
Ordway Auditorium
Evolution has given humans some dirty habits that don't always work out in our favor. Find out how nature causes but also solves many of our modern problems. Anxiety, depression, addiction, and writer's block all have their roots in our evolutionary lineage. This hands-on workshop explores neuroscience research that points to meditative journaling and exercise as two promising ways to overcome our inner primate.

Nature, Healing & the Power of Awe
Florence Williams

WED, JAN 10, 7PM
Pink Garter Theater
For her popular book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Florence journeyed the world to find out how researchers, practitioners and real people rely on nature to thrive. Along the way, she learned some things about herself and about how to cultivate awe and seek beauty in the midst of her frenetic, urban life.

"Imagine a miracle drug that could ease many of the stresses of modern life... No prescription necessary." New York Times book review of The Nature Fix


Papsura:  Ski Mountaineering on India's 'Peak of Evil'

In 2013, Jackson photographer and ski mountaineer, Chris Figenshau joined what would become a tumultuous attempt to climb and ski 21,252-foot Papsura (Peak of Evil) in the Indian Himalaya. In the May of 2017, he got the chance to return with a smaller team for a second attempt. See Figenshau's photos of the 2017 expedtion in the Library Gallery.

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


Presenter Bios

Ryan Burke

A Jackson local, he spends the majority of his time exploring the Tetons as an endurance mountaineer while squeezing in a full-time job as an addictions counselor on the side. Recent accomplishments include running the Grand Teton three times in a day, traversing 50 peaks in seven days, and mostly overcoming his compulsive donut eating habit. If you want him to talk your ear off just mention evolutionary psychology or neuroscience and clear your calendar for the next three hours.

Brendan Leonard

Author of Sixty Meters to Anywhere and blog, Semi-Rad, he has spent his career telling stories about the outdoors, in books, magazines, podcasts, and films. He’s written for Outside Magazine, Climbing, Adventure Journal, High Country News and more. His adventure films have won awards at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the 5Point Film Festival. His book was a finalist for the Mountain & Wilderness Literature prize at the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Beth Rodden

Professional rock climber and writer, she grew up in California's Central Valley, where she started climbing at age 14 and eventually established some of the hardest routes in the world by a woman. She balances the discipline required of being a pro athlete with raising her son, Theo. When not climbing or blogging, she can be found at the local farmer’s market.

Florence Williams

Author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative, she also writes for The New York Times and National Geographic, and hosts a podcast series, The XX Factor for Outside Magazine. A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Chris Figenshau

Chris is a professional photographer based in Jackson, Wyo. since 1994. A former hotshot firefighter in Alaska and longtime Exum mountain guide in the Tetons, he has used a rare mix of grit and skill to capture images of mountain athletes from Jimmy Chin to Jeremy Jones in locations from Greenland and the Andes to Alaska and the Himalayas. Between trips, his favorite off-the-clock pastime is fly-fishing and spending time with his wife and two kids, (not necessarily in that order).