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CALLING ALL WOMEN! IT’S TIME TO WALK, RUN AND HIKE ACROSS TETON VALLEY WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST!
I’ve never been one to sign up for a camp, of any kind. As a kid I frustrated my parents year after year with my total lack of interest in summer camps of any nature. I was never even remotely lured by the glossy brochures showing kids clearly having a blast playing in a sparkling lake and eating all the s’mores they could ever want around an evening campfire. It’s not that there wasn’t virtue in the prospects of meeting new friends, perhaps learning to build my own cabin, or trying to be the next rock star or basketball prodigy. I just wasn’t intrigued by the group dynamic thing. I guess it’s the same reason why I’ve never joined a gym or should I say “athletic club,” as they’re so fashionably called these days.
Well, my mom will finally be happy. I’ve found a camp that I’m doing cartwheels over and can’t wait to sign up for, s’mores or no s’mores. It’s the “Just for Women Walking, Running & Fitness Camp” happening this June 2-5 at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. You don’t have to be an athlete to have heard of the camp’s host, Lisa Smith-Batchen. Lisa lives in Teton Valley and is one of North America’s greatest women’s (and men’s too) running and fitness instructors to have ever roamed the planet. She’s also one of the greatest runners to have ever roamed the planet. I’m also sure given Lisa’s super-human racing resume, that she has literally circled the globe many times over the old fashioned way, putting one foot in front of the other.
This camp certainly isn’t Lisa’s first rodeo, as she has hosted, along with her husband Jay Batchen (also an elite ultra-runner), numerous running and fitness camps in Teton Valley (for kids too!). It’s all part of their Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventure Club and while Lisa’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention I’m compelled to list a few. You’ll also note that some of Lisa’s most ambitious goals and proudest achievements are not about being one of the world’s premier ultra-runners, or the recognition she continues to receive that continuously drives her; it’s more about the humanitarian efforts she has spearheaded on behalf of the world’s poor and needy, particularly the children.
A mere “sampling” of Lisa Smith Batchen’s professional accomplishments:
- Two 1st place finished in Badwater Ultra marathons (competed in 9)
- First and only American female to win Marathon des Sables Ultra marathons
- 1st person to ever run from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney
- Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run
- Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race
- Hawaiian Ironman Championships
- Created the Dreamchasers Foundation – Dreamchasers is dedicated to raising funds to help needy women and children around the world to survive and succeed
- "Running Hope Through America” – completed a 2,500 mile run in two months raising money for orphans
Lisa’s walk, run and hiking camp will be beneficial, fun, inspirational, and just overall terrific for beginners to advanced runners of all ages. Participants will be partnered with women of the same ability so interested gals out there shouldn’t be intimidated in any way; this isn’t your hard-core run to the top of the Grand Tetons kind of camp (Lisa does offer those too!). Lisa’s guest coaches include Barbra Metz Lindquist, also a valley resident, and a former Olympic Triathlete (Athens, Greece 2003 games) and Doctor Annie Fenn, a Jackson Hole, Wyoming Women’s Health Practitioner for over 20 years. I know all of these women personally, and frankly, you couldn’t ask for a more dynamic team to lead this fitness charge.
The other huge benefit to this camp is you’ll get to spend three nights in the deluxe Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and all the amenities of this year-round resort environment.
After your yoga class, hike and fitness sessions with Lisa, head into the Stillwaters Spa & Salon for that well-deserved sports massage or take a dip in the pool or a soak in the hot tub. It’s all here for the taking.
So, start this summer off with a fitness bang! For a complete run down on the second annual “Just for Women Walking, Running & Fitness Camp” and a chance to hike, bike and run on the most gorgeous trails in the northern Rockies. Visit Dreamchaserevents or book your package with the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
Hey, after this camp, you may just join that gym!
FALL FOLIAGE IN YELLOWSTONE-TETON TERRITORY – TRULY A MAGNIFICENT SIGHT TO BEHOLD!
This time of year Mother Nature always tries to trick me, seemingly overnight altering the landscape of Teton Valley with her sudden burst of color appearing on the wayward willow or unsuspecting aspen. I play a game, silly and fruitless though it is, and try and catch her working her magic. This year I did it! It happened on my walk just this week at Teton Springs Resort. I pinky swear, a lime green leaf turned yellow almost before my very eyes. Just one, have you, but I knew there was no turning back. The changing of the seasons is the one phenomenon we can always count on and there’s a certain comfort in its consistency, even though, that single gold leaf spells the end of the glorious summer season we so love here in the Rockies.
This time of year we literally go to sleep with our outside world a proverbial sea of green and wake to a kaleidoscope of brilliant yellows, gold, orange & burgundy hues. It truly happens in a blink of an eye. Seriously, I’ve always wondered why people don’t travel west to view the magical transformation we experience in the fall season. People flock to Teton Valley for the mother lode of recreation available here, but somehow, leaf peeking is usually not noted as one of the top reasons folks give for venturing into this glorious Yellowstone-Teton territory. It’s just not on most people’s radar screens outside of our special little world.
I grew up in Pennsylvania so I’ve always had an appreciation for how magnificent the fall season can be. But even in my “City of Brotherly Love,” which can legitimately hold bragging rights to some of the most incredible fall foliage, we were always the stepsister to our neighbors up north. New England always stole our thunder for top honors in the fall foliage division so I can understand why the west doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Here in Teton valley, the backdrop is so extraordinary in virtually every direction. We’re warmly embraced by the Teton and Big Hole Mountains and their side hills are virtually blanketed as far as the eye can see in the richest hues found in any crayola box. So many trees, so much open space, so much rubbernecking!
With our wet spring and cooler temps this past spring and summer, we can expect a full-on assault of fall colors. You’ll find yourself in the thick of it at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Book a luxury cabin which sit in a thick band of changing aspens, and if you can manage to pull yourself away from the many creature comforts enjoyed in this resort community, take the extraordinary “Top 10 Scenic Drives in North America,” Or, take in a round of golf at the Headwaters Golf Club. It just so happens we are now offering an incredible Fall Stay & Play Package.
Every hole on this magnificent Byron Nelson designed course is totally surrounded by bands of aspens, willows, dogwoods, cottonwoods and the occasion maple; the colors will astound you. We all know in golf it’s optimum to keep your head down, good luck with that!
We embrace this time of year, you will too, as soon the glorious hues of the rainbow will be replaced by that welcomed shade of winter white. We’ll be ready!
Skiing in Teton Valley can’t get better than this!
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has partnered with High Mountain Heli-Skiing to provide you with an unmatched powder skiing adventure. Rest your head in one of the Lodges 52 well appointed guestrooms and suites where the only noise you’ll hear in the morning is the sound of the chopper settling down in the Lodge parking lot. Yes, it’s that convenient! High Mountain Heli-Skiing offers 305,000 acres of skiable terrain in and around the Teton mountain range. After a day of magnificent skiing, breathtaking scenery and glorious powder turns, you’ll especially appreciate a visit to the Stillwaters Spa where you can choose from a wide variety of luxury spa treatments, including deep-tissue and sports massage! Realize your heli-adventure dream this winter season at an unbelievable great rate! Book your adventure soon. space will be very limited for this great adventure.
Image courtesy High Mountain Heli-Skiing.