Summer 2019 The Backyard Field Guide

This summer, we’re bringing you stories that inspired us to rethink our routines. From our ambassadors, athletes, partners and staff comes a lineup of creative adventures to kickstart your summer dreams. Look for the stories to unfold this season and please share your backyard adventures with us at #lettheoutsidein

Chapter 1: The Return

Dave Sweet has spent over a decade helping to bring the Yellowstone Cutthroat trout back from the brink of extinction. With his daughter Diana, a fisheries biologist, he travels deep into Yellowstone to see if the trout have returned to their native spawning runs.

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Chapter 2: Run The Ridge

Stio ambassador Sam Schwartz sets out with friend and photographer Carson Meyer to take on a 20-mile run along the Bridger Range outside Bozeman, Montana. When a late-season snow storm made an unexpected arrival, things got that much more interesting. 

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Chapter 3: Human-Powered Road Trip

With Yellowstone National Park in Stio HQ's backyard, staffers set out to reimagine the traditional road trip and tour America's first national park by bike. Frequently traveled by RVs, bike touring through it revealed a rarely documented ride.

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Chapter 4: Trek The Crest

Snaking 40 miles through the heart of the Tetons, the Crest Trail is an iconic way to experience the changing terrain of the mountains. Makalya Crist + Friends took on an early-season mission to push through melting snow and make trail.

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Chapter 5: Sail The High Alpine

Mighty mountain glaciers carved deep into the valley floor eons ago, creating a string of high alpine lakes across the base of the Tetons. With light lasting long into the evening, post-work summer sails are the secret to capping off warm days at the office. 

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Chapter 6: A Turbulent Journey

With permits secured to float the Salmon River, Josh and friends set out on catarafts for a five day, 250-mile high-water sprint through wilderness. Their unpredictable experience takes us on a journey through the river's turbulent history of conservation. 

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Chapter 7: Searching For Singletrack

Inspired to explore the backroads of America, Eric and Donna packed the car, loaded their mountain bikes and put the Colorado Rockies in the rear view. Their roadtrip covered over 8,000 miles through 20 states and 14 different mountain bike trail networks.

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Chapter 8: Boards Over Boots

When temps pushed into the triple digits last summer, Matt and his family opted to forgo the hiking boots and heavy packs to try SUP camping. Their maiden voyage took them along the banks of Spark's Lake in Oregon. 

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Chapter 9: Adventure Rx

Last summer, young adults affected by cancer traveled from across the country to Jackson Hole to learn how to paddle Class III whitewater. Empowered by a new sport, new friends, and shared experiences in the great equalizer of nature, participants share stories of how their lives were transformed. 

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