By on September 29, 2015

Fly guy is all business

150930TOUBy day, Will Hobbs can likely be found wetting a fly along the banks of a river. Or he’s showing off the finer points of a perfect “backswing” to a member golfer at the Snake River Sporting Club, where he serves as the director of outdoor pursuits. By ink, Hobbs appeared in the venerable Wall Street Journal recently in the paper’s “Health and Wellness” section.

The feature on physical training for successful fly-fishing included a full-color photo of Hobbs along with handy trade secrets from the local pro. We did our best to stifle a smirk reading the line “fishing is a serious workout.”

The 42-year-old Hobbs also told the Journal, “Fly fishing is actually more physically taxing than most believe it to be.”

The nation’s largest newspaper with a circulation of more than 2.2 million readers hit our desk last week.

Art of the sale

The ninth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction reaped $6.5 million in sales last week including a world record-setting $128,700 for “Four American Visionaries” by Jenness Cortez.

150930TOU-2Eighteen new artist world records had been smashed when the event wrapped on Sept. 19. Hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, the auction succeeded in selling 81 percent of the 304 lots, which included the dazzling cover lot piece “Wind River Range Wyoming” by Albert Bierstadt. It fetched $800,000.

Bears be acting crazy

The fetching headline in a County 10 online news piece caught our attention. “Why are there so many bears being so crazy this fall?”

Yeah, why are they? Wyoming Game and Fish public information specialist Mark Gocke offered a two-fold answer. In autumn, bears enter into their calorie-craving hyperphagia state when they are putting on weight for the winter’s hibernation. Also, a low berry crop in Wyoming has bears desperate for food sources even if that means a refrigerator in a home in Hog Island or a cow on a cattle ranch in Dubois.

Gocke had no explanation for the poor berry crop. He said it just happens every few years.

JH slips in readers’ survey

Jackson Hole slipped a few spots in Ski Magazine’s annual “Best Western Resorts” list. Whistler Blackcomb topped the list that showed JHMR in the fifth spot.

Idaho Mountain Express spread the news last Friday, crowing about Sun Valley’s surge up the readers’ poll to second place. It marks Sun Valley’s steady climb the past few years. They were No. 7 in 2012, 4th in 2013, and took the bronze last year.

Grand Targhee ranked second in the subcategory of “Best Snow,” while Jackson Hole was voted the No. 1 place to find the toughest “Terrain Challenge.”

Addicted to a high

150930TOU-3Jackson’s Ryan Burke, who penned last week’s Planet cover story, “Risk vs. Reward,” summited 24 peaks in four days last month. Kelsey Dayton penned a story about Burke for WyoFile that exhausted us just reading it.

The 33-year-old scrambled to the top of Albright Peak on Aug. 30, completing a Teton Range peak-bagging 96-hour excursion that included the Grand and 23 other mountains.

Since arriving to the valley in 2004, Burke has tackled impossible physical feats while holding down several jobs — his latest as an addictions counselor at Curran-Seeley Foundation. He’s summited the Grand in 3.5 hours, led the first blind woman (Nancy Stevens in 2012) up that peak, and holds the record for the Picnic – a locally invented triathlon where competitors bike from Jackson, swim across Jenny Lake, solo the Grand Teton and reverse the course back to town. Burke finished it in fewer than 12 hours. PJH

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