The Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming is not your conventional library. Beyond its treasure trove of books, it’s the kind of place that brings together a diverse group of characters like Alex Honnold, Bryan Iguchi, mountaineer Emily Johnston, and outdoor journalist Annette McGivney for a community event known as Mountain Story . The annual gathering, now in its sixth year running, aims to find the connections between storytelling, literature, and outdoor adventure culture.
“My predecessor, Oona Doherty, came up with the concept of Mountain Story when she brought Conrad Anker to speak, and she liked how he filled the National Museum of Wildlife Art theater and attracted a crowd that represented a different demographic than who typically attend library programs,” explained Leah Shlachter, the adult program coordinator for the Teton County Library.
That first year the event’s theme was centered on Everest and the 50th anniversary of Jim Whittaker’s ascent of the world’s tallest mountain, making him the first American to summit the peak. After immense success with their launch, Mountain Story has sought to be a little different each year. In addition to a variety of quality speakers—ranging from John Long to Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen of Sender Films—the event aims to keep things fresh by hosting writing workshops, photography workshops, film screenings, and gallery exhibits.
Next week’s lineup includes an exhibition from snowboarder Bryan Iguchi, a talk and workshop from outdoor journalist Annette McGivney, and a lecture led by Alex Honnold about his thrilling free solo ascent of El Capitan. Unfortunately, tickets for Honnold’s talk sold out in three minutes, but you can still catch the talk live on Teton County Library’s Facebook, meanwhile, all the other events are still free and available to attend. More information regarding the different events is available on the Mountain Story website here.
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