As excited as we are about the deep drill we’ll be doing on outdoor rec and our public lands at this year’s SHIFT, we’re also acutely aware of one thing: everyone who’s coming to SHIFT likes to have a good time (or they wouldn’t be into outdoor rec, right?).
So, in between the SHIFT Summit and the crazy-great lineups of Terry Tempest Williams, the Adventure, Inspired film program with Stacy Bare and The People’s Banquet with Steven Rinella, we’ve put together some happy hours to help take the days’ edges off and get you ready for the evenings’ entertainment.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, we’ll have not one but two, count ’em, two happy hours, both starting at 5 p.m.
The first, which will take place at Hayden’s Post, inside the Snow King Resort, will follow hot on the heels of the “Disruptive Inspiration” networking session between participants of SHIFT and the Outdoor Blogger Summit.
What happens when the storytellers of outdoor recreation share a drink with the newsmakers at the heart of the story? Find out when participants from the Outdoor Blogger Summit and SHIFT gather at Hayden’s Post to continue the conversations begun during the Icebreaker networking session, which will have just concluded at the SHIFT Summit.
The second, also at 5, will take place in the King’s Grill, adjacent to the Snow King Resort Hotel on Snow King Mountain.
Entitled “Changing Cultures – New Guided Recreation Opportunities On Public Lands,” the informal discussion will feature Courtney Aber, the Director of YMCA’s BOLD/GOLD programs; Sam Hensold, the Access and Diversity Advocate for AORE, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education; Mike Schlafmann, the Public Services Staff Officer on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; and Paul Sanford, the National Director of Recreation Policy for The Wilderness Society. Here’s a synopsis:
Connecting new people to public lands may be the best way to secure more funding for these places, in addition to helping prevent the public lands sell-off. However, making these connections can be challenging. As we learned at last year’s SHIFT Summit, outdoor leaders sometimes run into barriers to taking people out on public lands. This limits access for people who rely on trained leaders to facilitate their first public lands experience.
Fortunately, this is beginning to change. Since last year’s Summit, the land management agencies have taken steps to prioritize recreation and improve the permit system for facilitated recreation activities. The U.S. Forest Service in particular is working to change its culture around guided recreation management. Representatives from the Forest Service and the Outdoor Access Working Group will brief participants on significant recent developments in the management of recreation permits on federal lands and discuss ways in which outdoor leaders can collaborate with the agencies to secure new opportunities to connect people with their public lands.
Both Thursday happy hours will conclude at 6:30 p.m., at which point it’ll be time to walk down to the Center for the Arts for Terry Tempest Williams‘ presentation.
Moderated by Luther Propst, the Chair of SHIFT’s parent nonprofit, The Center for Jackson Hole, and featuring Wood River Bicycle Coalition’s Brett Stevenson, Peter Aengst of The Wilderness Society, the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Eric Melson, and Randy Rasmussen of Back Country Horseman of America, the happy hour will be an interactive discussion summed up by the following:
Whether we hike, mountain bike or ride horses, we all want to see the lands in which we love to play protected. We also want to find a way to coexist as partners and friends with others who enjoy quiet, human-powered activity in wild areas. Presented by Stio and IMBA, this happy hour discussion explores how conservationists, mountain bikers, horseback riders and other “quiet recreationists” can work together to protect wild areas and recreational access at the same time.
Expect the panel to pose challenging questions for you to discuss with your neighbor, as we build on our collective knowledge to progress the trails community.
The Bicycling and Wilderness Happy Hour will conclude at 6:30–just in time for participants to begin the autumnal jaunt to the Center for the Arts to catch Stacy Bare and the Adventure, Inspired film program.
Of course, we want SHIFT participants to take advantage of something Jackson has in abundance as well: fresh air.
The Snow King Resort Hotel sits right at the bottom of world-famous Snow King Mountain. If the happy hours don’t suit you, after the SHIFT Summit, lace up your shoes, walk out the door and get some vertical, rent a bike and go for a ride, or walk over to the Teton Boulder Park and get a pump on! You’ll need some oxygen before the evening programs take your breath away.
Snow King Mountain Sports has both road and mountain bike rentals available. You can reserve yours by calling 307-201-5096.