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Teton Guides Symposium Rousing Success

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by Abbey Smith

Teton legend Dick Pownall. Pownall's gentle recollections of climbing and guiding in the Tetons in the 1940s and '50s stole the show. Photo Courtesy Christian Beckwith

See all the photos from the event in our Media Galleries. 

On Thursday, December 8, Outerlocal presented “From Cleated Boots to Ski Descents: The Past, Present and Future of Teton Guiding” in Jackson, Wyoming. Over 300 climbers and skiers jammed into the cozy Snow King Lodge Room and over 400 people tuned into the livestream online through the Outerlocal, American Alpine Club, and Marmot Facebook pages to listen to seven Teton legends explore the development of American mountain guiding. While the audience feasted on Pinky G’s pizza and New Belgium beer, Himalayan author Brot Coburn moderated the panel discussions with Renny Jackson, Rod Newcomb, Andy Carson, Dick Pownall, Mark Newcomb, Rob Hess and Nat Patridge. Teton icon Dick Pownall was given the “people’s choice awards” for his compelling performance about the golden era of Teton climbing and over $3,000 in proceeds were donated to the Teton Boulder Project to help maintain the newly installed Guides’ Boulder.

If you missed this special event, watch the archived footage on’s U-stream page. More photographs available on Outerlocal’s recap of the historic event.