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Cody Ice Fest continues despite avalanche concerns, wild weather

A climber looks for the best route up a rock face in Shoshone Canyon on Saturday during the 16th Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival in Cody, Wyo.

Climbing frozen waterfalls requires not just physical prowess, but also endurance, versatility and creativity. It was exactly those traits that climbers exhibited during this weekend's Cody Ice Climbing Festival, which persevered despite extreme avalanche dangers and every imaginable kind of weather. Recent heavy snows across northwestern Wyoming have made ice climbing more difficult and risky, prompting festival organizers to move planned climbing clinics to alternate locations, and causing even some experienced climbers to abandon planned backcountry trips. Continue Reading →

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South Fork Valley drive combines scenery, wildlife and history

The sun sets over Carter Mountain with Castle Rock visible on the right in the South Fork Valley near Cody, Wyo. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

The road between Cody, Wyo. and Yellowstone National Park is often called "the most scenic 52 miles in America." But for a spectacular drive that locals cherish and most visitors never discover, take a trip through the South Fork Valley. Wyoming Highway 291, also known as the South Fork Road, meanders for more than 40 miles along the South Fork of the Shoshone River. It stretches from Yellowstone Avenue in Cody to the end of a remote and scenic valley that is rich in history and home to an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. Continue Reading →

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