Mountain Story 2022

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Our annual festival devoted to great adventure and great writing

Program Schedule

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The Picnic: Why the F Not?
David Gonzales

Pink Garter Theater

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Join David Gonzales for a kaleidoscopic chat about the local multi-sport odyssey called the Picnic, in words, film, and photos. Along with others who’ve taken picnicking to unforeseen levels, we’ll talk milestones, funny stories, desperate moments, and hot tips for multi-dimensional mountain adventures. David will wade into the snake pits of privileged recreation, elective suffering, mid-life crises playing out on social media, and how picnicking keeps teaching him things nothing else has. We’ll dive into the why’s. And the why-the-F-nots. Photo credit: John Douglass.

Recordings of Past Programs


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Was It Worth It? A Wilderness Warrior’s Long Trail Home
Doug Peacock

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Doug Peacock, a decorated Vietnam veteran, environmental activist and widely-published author, has spent the majority of his life working to protect Yellowstone's grizzly bears. For 50 years, he has advocated for their habitat, tolerance and connectivity – and at the same time has witnessed the fallout of our planet’s environmental crisis. In his book Was It Worth It?, Peacock reflects on a life spent doing what he felt necessary to fight for wild causes, recounting his greatest adventures. With explorations both close to home (grizzlies in Yellowstone and jaguars in the high Sonoran Desert) and farther afield (tigers in Siberia, jaguars again in Belize, spirit bears in the wilds of British Columbia, all the amazing birds of the Galapagos), Peacock acknowledges that the pandemic has put “everyone’s mortality in the lens now.” He retells these adventures to try to understand and explain his perspective on nature: that wilderness is the only thing left worth saving. He looks back on his life, asking “was it worth it?” and challenges all of us to make certain that the answer to the question for our own lives is “yes!”

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An Evening of Stories with Rick Ridgeway

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Rick Ridgeway calculates that he has spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents. Those nights taught him to “distinguish matters of consequence from matters of inconsequence” throughout the rest of his life. From the first American ascent of K2 to the first known traverse of Borneo, Ridgeway reflects on his journey from outdoor adventurer to unlikely environmental activist. Spend an evening of storytelling with Ridgeway and celebrate the launch of his memoir Live Lived Wild: Adventures at the End of the Map.


Mountains of the Imagination
Katie Ives

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In 1962 Summit magazine readers were astonished to see a photo of an allegedly unknown range: the “Riesenstein” peaks of British Columbia. The discovery that no such mountains existed in that Canadian province inspired climbers to pore over maps, searching for the real location of the enigmatic summits—and resulting in the first known climbing expedition to the Kichatna Spires of Alaska in 1965. During this talk based on her 2021 book, Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams, Ives recounts tales of the Riesenstein and other mythic ranges around the world, including some in the American West, and she'll talk about the role of imagination in both mountaineering and mountain literature. 

Presenter Bios

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David Gonzales is a local writer/photographer who came to Jackson Hole in 1998 to ski, wrote a book about the local ski resorts, then fell in love with the Wyoming backcountry. In 2012 he completed the first ‘picnic,’ a self-supported mega-triathlon that includes climbing the Grand Teton, and since then he’s grown dangerously addicted to picnicking in ranges far and wide while supporting himself with freelance writing, photo and film work. Photo credit: David Stubbs.

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Brigid Mander is a skier, adventurer, and writer based in Jackson, Wyo. She turned dedicated ski bumming into a full-time writing career, and currently contributes regularly to varied publications such as Backcountry Magazine, Mountain Outlaw, and the Wall Street Journal. 


Doug Peacock is an American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, much of which he spent alone in the wilderness of the western U.S. observing grizzly bears. He co-founded Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Namibia, Botswana, North, South and Central America to develop conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. Doug lives in Emigrant, Montana, and spends considerable time in the Sonoran Desert, southeast Utah and with the grizzlies of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

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Rick Ridgeway is an outdoor adventurer, writer and advocate for sustainability and conservation initiatives. 

For 15 years, Rick was the VP of Environmental Affairs and then VP of Public Engagement at Patagonia, Inc., working with teams to develop and launch environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and developer of the Higg Index, all while achieving recognition as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents. He has written seven books, many magazine stories and produced and directed dozens of television shows. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award, as well as The Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award.  Photo credit: Jimmy Chin.

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Katie Ives is editor in chief at Alpinist magazine, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Outside, The Rumpus, and Adventure Journal, as well as the anthologies Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry, and Art. In 2016 she received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club. She has participated in the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program and served as a judge for the Boardman-Tasker Award, and a jury member, panelist, and panel moderator at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. She lives in Cambridge, Vermont. Imaginary Peaks is her debut book. Photo credit: David Swift.


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