National Geographic : 1956 Jan
Holiday Riders Roam the Sagebrush Once Jackson Hole was char acterized as "the most talked of outlaw rendezvous in the world." Bad men have long since departed, but film com panies still people the valley with cowboys, gunmen, and In dians. Although the old-style cattle spreads are dwindling, dude ranches and lodges carry on the boot-and-saddle traditions of the West. Today's riders patrol the valley and pack into the mountains. Many are city dwellers, some riding for the first time. This party moves past Mount Moran and Skillet Glacier (left). © National Geographic Society National Geographic Photographer Willard R. Culver 23 A Climber Learns the Use of Ropes Few mountaineers tested the Tetons until 1930. The follow ing summer some 60 made as cents to the major summits. In 1955 about 900 climbers scaled the pinnacles. Those who would climb in the Tetons must register with national park officials. No one is permitted to approach the heights alone. +Page 22. Ringed by his pu pils, an instructor shows a girl how to rappel, or rope down. This technique, which appears to be dangerous, has proved the safest way to descend. It combines maximum safety with minimum effort. This class looks down on Hidden Falls in Cascade Can yon. -Rappelling down a cliff, the student sits on rope and air. Snubbing the line under one leg and over the opposite shoul der, she pays it out by hand.