Mountain Story 2018

Jackson, WY- Teton County Library’s Mountain Story 2018, Jan. 8-10, will spotlight adventure and nature writers, Brendan Leonard, Beth Rodden, Ryan Burke and Florence Williams, who will explore aspects of addiction, overcoming anxiety and fear, and the power of nature to heal. Mountain Story is the library’s annual literary festival celebrating our community’s love of great writing and the great outdoors.

“With this Mountain Story, we consider different ways that nature and outdoor sports interact with addiction from how discovering rock climbing can help kick an alcohol addiction to questioning the fine line between discipline and obsession and ego to examining how spending time in nature can make you more creative,” said Leah Shlachter, Adult Program Coordinator.

This year’s Mountain Story authors have written for or been featured in Outside Magazine, Climbing, The New York Times, National Geographic and CBS News.

All Mountain Story events are free (non-ticketed) for the public with support from your donations, small and large, to the Teton County Library Foundation & Friends. Thank you Nancy and Hans Johnstone, of The Alpine House Lodge & Cottages, for generously lodging our guest speakers.

Evening programs will be at the Pink Garter Theater. Daytime workshops will be at Teton County Library. Also, stop by the library gallery for Jackson photographer Chris Figenshau’s exhibit of a ski expedition to the Himalaya of India. Find a full festival schedule and presenter bios at story.  Below are some trailers for Mountain Song events.

The Nature Fix (Florence Williams):

Sixty Meters to Anywhere (Brendan Leonard):

Above the Fray (Beth Rodden):


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