Search and Rescue, Backcountry Zero host 3rd annual workshop

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation and Backcountry Zero have scheduled the 3rdannual Wyoming Backcountry Adventure Workshop (WYBAW) for Saturday, May 19 at the Pink Garter Theatre. Doors will open at 5pm and speakers begin at 6pm.

“We are excited to host this event for our community and the region,” said Stephanie Thomas, executive director of TCSAR Foundation. “To fulfill the vision of Backcountry Zero and reduce fatalities and serious injuries in the backcountry, it’s crucial that we offer opportunities for the community to learn about backcountry safety. Both Will and Christian will offer some fantastic insights and stories for attendees.”

The evening will kick off with a presentation about personal responsibility in the backcountry by local climbing guide and mountaineer, Christian Santelices.

World-renowned adventure athlete Will Gadd will deliver the keynote “Living the Dream, Avoiding the Nightmare: Loose stories and tight lessons learned from 30 years as a pro climber, kayaker, paraglider, guide and dad.”

Workshop tickets are $10 and are available at or at the door if still available (advance purchase is encouraged to guarantee a seat). All ages are welcome but the content is generally best suited to those in middle school or older.

SAR partners will be available in the lobby at 5pm with booths and additional information about summer adventures in the backcountry (Jenny Lake Rangers, USFS, Friends of Pathways, PAWS, Snake River Fund, etc).

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Amy Golightly at 307-690-2156 or email her.

Will Gadd

Will Gadd is one of the top outdoor adventure athletes in the world (according to Outside, Men’s Journal and Explore). Will is best known for wild outdoor adventures in multiple different sports, but he’s most proud of his ability to complete those adventures safely and share them with others. He has appeared in, hosted or produced more than 100 global television projects.

Gadd is also an award-winning writer (New York Times, Men’s Journal, etc.), filmmaker and dad. His book on ice climbing is the top publication in its field and has been translated into five languages. Gadd’s presentations on “Risk and Reward” and related topics take him all over the world to speak to audiences ranging from Nike and Enbridge to at risk youth.

He is the National Geographic “2015 Adventurer of the Year” for his paragliding adventure in the Rockies.

Christian Santelices

Christian believes that experiencing nature first hand has the power to transform people’s lives.

As a fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide, professional photographer, public speaker, writer, and community activist, his career has been dedicated to helping facilitate this process.

Christian’s many hats include training and certifying guides as part of the National Instructor Team for the American Mountain Guides Association, teaching professional avalanche courses through the American Avalanche Institute, Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides, Operations Director for the Treetop Adventure at Snow King Mountain, and running his own consulting, leadership development and international guiding company, Aerial Boundaries.



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