As the summer rafting season on the Snake River slowly fades to autumn, we hear the cry of the wild geese as they fly in squadrons overhead. With winter approaching, these mighty birds wing their way southward in massive v-shaped wedges. Some geese will remain in Jackson Hole, finding the few choice spots of wintering habitat that our valley has to offer. But most will fly to wet grasslands in the southern United States to enjoy rich vegetation, fish, and insects throughout the winter months. …continue reading Our River Guides are on the Move
Summers are warmer now compared to when I started rafting in the early 1980’s. And we have less water. To the untrained eye, Grand Teton’s Snake River looks fast and deep, but it’s deceptive. At Dead Man’s Bar, our float trip launch point, the river is confined to one narrow channel and moves along quickly due to an eighteen feet per mile gradient. Once the river starts braiding and splitting, the water gets quite shallow. At this time of year, we’re often navigating river flows that are around 3,000 cfs (that’s cubic feet of water per second). In contrast, during the spring snowmelt in late June, we might see flows of up to 14,000 cfs. Why the large difference? The Snake River’s flow is regulated by a dam built in 1916, prior to the formation of the park. The flows we see are maintained in a complicated balancing act between flood control to protect local subdivisions along the river, recreational needs in Jackson Hole, and agricultural uses in Idaho. …continue reading Tiny Invaders
Did you enjoy a Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park this summer? If so, we invite you to share your best photographs with us! Throughout the years, our visitors have seen some amazing, spectacular, and even peculiar sights on our stretch of the Snake River. If you’ve snapped an image that you’re especially proud of, then this is your time to shine!
Enter today and win!
Enter your wildlife or landscape photos in our Second Annual Barker-Ewing Photo Contest by October 31st for a chance to win a signed copy of world-renowned nature photographer Tom Mangelsen’s latest book, The Last Great Wild Places. This beautiful volume chronicles 40 years of photographic adventures in the field – from the frozen Arctic to the African savanna – and contains more than 150 of Mangelsen’s most important images. (A $95 value!)
Tom will be judging this year’s contest, so your entries will be seen by one of the very best wildlife photographers working today. Entries will be assessed for originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.
Last year’s Wildlife photography winner was Charlene Klassen Morris from Manitoba, Canada with a beautiful shot of a bald eagle. This year we’ve added a Landscape category, so we’ll be crowning two winners! And with just 18 more days to submit your photos, time is of the essence.
Enter now. Here’s how:
Click here to access our entry form, or email your high-res digital photo (2MB – 10MB file size) email@example.com by October 31, 2015. All emailed submissions must contain the photographer’s full name, age, phone number and mailing address, and the date of your Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Youths 18 and under may enter with a parent’s permission.
Best of luck!