Cherish your memories this Thanksgiving

From left, Sunny the dog, Moira and Levi Painter enjoy a backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Trips such as these create lasting memories for families to be truly thankful. (Jerry Painter photo)

If you’re picking up this paper early enough, stop right now and speed down to Freeman Park and join the Race to Feed the Hungry 5k, which begins at 9 a.m. The fun run does two things very well: It unites a community in burning some calories before folks overload themselves and it helps stock the food banks here in Idaho Falls.

Climbing chaos fun at the local gym

Climbers watch a competitor work a route and wait their turn to get on the bouldering wall at The Edge Climbing & Fitness gym in Idaho Falls on Saturday. The gym held a competition most of the day with more than 50 people joining in. (Jerry Painter photo)

Each competitor at Saturday’s indoor climbing contest at The Edge in Idaho Falls was given a score card with a list of about 60 numbers down one side. Each number corresponded to a route and number on the climbing walls. The score card told the difficulty and points value of each route.

Dodging in the dodgy weather

Davin Ray Lybbert, a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho from Ontario, Canada, climbs a route at the Teddy Bear Cover area west of American Falls on Saturday. (Jerry Painter photo)

Six adventurers were gathered for breakfast Saturday morning in the small kitchen of the Painter household.

Keeping it together in dicey situations

Jerry Painter stands on the summit of Pingora Peak in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range with Wolf's Head peak in the background. The giant, fin-shaped peak is a popular objective among climbers, but has been the scene for several epic outings. (Photo by Sam Painter)

The day after climbing Wolf’s Head in Wyoming’s Cirque of the Towers this summer our group was just sitting around camp fixing dinner. It had been a chill day of goofing off, fishing and hiking.

Still plenty of outdoor fun to be had

A pair of day hikers observe a bull moose blocking the trail around Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park during a fall hike. Fall can offer some of the best hiking of the year. (Jerry Painter photo)

The end of summer was like a hard slap to the face. But don’t let it push you to the couch to hibernate until next April.

Wind River Range calls to backcountry anglers

Tanner Pursley, of Rigby, tries to interest a complacent school of trout in his lure near the outlet of Lonesome Lake high in the Wind River Range during a recent backpacking trip. Jerry Painter photo

After reaching our climbing goal in the Wind River Range of Wyoming a few weeks ago, we got up the next morning and had one plan for the day: Catch some trout for lunch.

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