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Supported in part by an award from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

Yesterday & Today

"They were now advancing diagonally upon the chain of Wind River Mountains...could they force their way through them, they might proceed in a straight line. The mountains were lofty, with snowy peaks and cragged sides; it was hoped, however, that some practicable defile might be found."

-Washington Irving's The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

July 30, 2019

1          The Story is Melting

In late summer, 2013, Jen and I left our worksite deep in the Wind River Range and began a two-day walk back to our tiny apartment. We followed a route I traveled three years earlier which, though tedious at times, I pitched to her with or...

November 13, 2018

Local to Pinedale, WY. Hank Williams knows the Wind River Mountain Range like the back of his hand. Traveling some of the very same lands that the historic mountain men did, its his way of connecting to the past and nature.

July 26, 2018

Did the majority of the mountain men join the fur trade seeking wealth and fortune? Or was the lifestyle in the mountains worth the lack of financial gain and most times financial loss? American Mountain Men member Doyle Reid explains the ins and outs of the motives behind the mountain men.

June 14, 2018

What is the importance of adventure? Of getting out into nature to not only survive but also enjoy all it has to offer? These are the very things that spurred Forrest Fenn, an avid history enthusiast, mountain man buff, and thrill seeker to encourage many to go into nature to literally find the "wealth" it ha...

November 1, 2017

How do place and experience affect your soul and being? I am sure this can be answered through both a scientific and spiritual lens. At the core of the answers to this broad question might be that the qualities of the landscape, of the air, trees, lakes and mountains, become indelible somehow and that the qua...

October 31, 2017

Skinner Brothers Wilderness Camps operated from 1956 until 2005, providing outdoor education skills to youth eight to 16 years of age. The camps were founded by Monte, Bob, Courtney, Quentin and Ole Skinner, five of six sons of legendary mountain guide, Clem Skinner. For 50 summers, the camps taught wildernes...

October 31, 2017

Long-time local to Pinedale, Wyoming Courtney Skinner visits with us on the inspiration behind how he and his brothers started "America's first and most outstanding" outdoor wilderness school in the Wind Rivers. Many Pinedale locals can attest to the outdoor skills they learned while attending the Skinner Bro...

October 12, 2017

Local musician Jared Rogerson has spent countless hours in our beloved mountains. Much of Jared’s songwriting draws from thousands of miles atop broke saddle horses traversing the rugged Wind River mountains near his home in Pinedale, along with the many years he devoted to riding wild bareback broncs on the...

October 12, 2017

Osborne Russell was a mountain man who joined the North-west Fur Trapping & Trading Company in the 1830's. He started writing his adventures in the fur trade in April 1834 which were eventually published into the well known novel "Journal of a Trapper." This is one of the only first hand accounts published to...

July 21, 2017

The Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale, Wy has been providing locals and travelers with professional gear and advice on exploring the mountains for years. We interviewed owners Josh and Laura Hattan on the appeal of being out in nature, some funny things they have run across owning the store, and some typical gea...

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