205 episodes

Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. From the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson, Wyoming since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

The Jackson Hole Connection Stephan C. Abrams

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. From the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson, Wyoming since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

    Making an Impact On and Off the Slopes with Lynsey Dyer

    Making an Impact On and Off the Slopes with Lynsey Dyer

    Lynsey Dyer is a freestyle skier, artist, filmmaker, entrepreneur, activist, podcaster, and a new mom. Lynsey is the founder of the movie production and apparel company Unicorn Picnic and co-founder ofhttps://www.shejumps.org/ ( SheJumps.org).
    In this episode, Lynsey shares how her cousin (A.J. Cargill) was a big influence in helping her make the move to Jackson from Sun Valley, ID. She talks about her early days of living in the Hole, working at D.O.G., and getting her start with Teton Gravity Research. Stephan and Lynsey chat about some of the impactful organizations she has helped create and her latest project that involves local wildlife. They then discuss sponsorships, parenthood, the changing pro athlete industry, and what is in store next for Lynsey.
    Follow Lynsey on Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/lynseydyer/?hl=en ( @lynseydyer)
    Listen to Lynsey’s podcast ShowingUp athttps://www.lynseydyer.com/podcast ( LynseyDyer.com/podcast)
    Learn more about Unicorn Picnic athttps://unicornpicnic.com/ ( UnicornPicnic.com)
    Learn more about SheJumps athttps://www.shejumps.org/ ( SheJumps.org)
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com),https://www.instagram.com/thatsamoeri/ (@thatsamoeri))

    • 41 min
    Photographing our Community with Brad Boner of the Jackson Hole News & Guide

    Photographing our Community with Brad Boner of the Jackson Hole News & Guide

    Brad Boner is a father, photographer, author, and the Director of Visuals for the Jackson Hole News and Guide. Originally from the Black Hills area of South Dakota, Brad moved out to Wyoming back in 2004.
    In this episode, Brad shares the path that led him to the Jackson Hole area. He talks about his family's western roots and the legacy of the 12 Mile Ranch. Brad then discusses his stunning 2017 photography project that takes a new look at some of William Henry Jackson’s most famous photos of the Yellowstone area. Stephan and Brad also chat about the Jackson Hole News and Guide, what goes on behind the scenes, and some of Brad’s more powerful stories.
    Find a copy of Yellowstone National Park: Through the Lens of Time at the Teton County Library.
    To connect with Brad email Photo@JHNewsandGuide.com
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com),https://www.instagram.com/thatsamoeri/ (@thatsamoeri))

    • 39 min
    Saving Homes with Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks

    Saving Homes with Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks

    On our 200th episode, Stephan chats with Esther Judge-Lennox. Esther is the Founder of Shacks on Racks. Shacks on Racks helps connect homeowners thinking about removing a home or structure from their land with people who could make use of a relocated home or outbuilding on their own property.
    In this episode, Esther shares what it was like to move to Moran, WY while in High School. She goes into her inspiration for starting Shacks on Racks and the process she goes through to find new homes. Stephan then shares his family’s story of how Shacks on Racks helped move their home to help out another community member. Esther and Stephan then talk about some of the other homes Shacks have helped relocate and some of the unexpected hurdles they have faced.
    Find out more about Esther and Shacks on Racks at https://www.shacksonracks.com/ (ShacksOnRacks.com). Don’t forget to join their email newsletter to find out when new homes are available.
    Follow Stephan and his family on Instagramhttps://instagram.com/buildingintheholein22?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com),https://www.instagram.com/thatsamoeri/ (@thatsamoeri))

    • 48 min
    Helping People with Disabilities Find Adventure featuring Joe Stone of Teton Adaptive

    Helping People with Disabilities Find Adventure featuring Joe Stone of Teton Adaptive

    Joe Stone is an athlete, motivational speaker, filmmaker, and the Director of Mission at Teton Adaptive. Teton Adaptive’s mission is to promote, support, and develop outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities living in and visiting the Greater Teton Area.
    In this chat, Joe shares the story of how a speed flying accident in 2010 changed the course of his life. The accident left Joe an incomplete C7 quadriplegic, meaning he is paralyzed from the chest down and has impairment in both his hands. Within a year of his accident, he overcame the challenges of being in a coma and rehabilitation to become the first quadriplegic to bike the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier. Joe then shares with Stephan another big first that you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out. Joe and Stephan then discuss the incredible work that Teton Adaptive is doing in our community.
    Teton Adaptive is helping local athletes and visitors with disabilities to enjoy all the outdoor activities we love to do. Find out more about Teton Adaptive at https://tetonadaptivesports.com/ (TetonAdaptiveSports.com )
    Watch the documentary https://vimeo.com/ondemand/itsrainingsowhat/287985200 (It's Raining, So What, the Story of Joe Stone) on Vimeo
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com))

    • 53 min
    Cohabitating With The Wild featuring Kyle Kissock of The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

    Cohabitating With The Wild featuring Kyle Kissock of The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

    Kyle Kissock is the Communications Manager for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Originally from Ohio, Kyle moved out west to work for the Teton Science school before finding his home at the Wildlife Foundation.
    In this chat, Kyle and Stephan talk about all things wildlife. Not just the big ones like moose, bears, and elk, but the little creatures that make up our ecosystem. Kyle dives into some of the big projects that the Foundation is working on, such as modifying fences to make them friendlier to wildlife movement and some initiatives that help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Stephan and Kyle also talk about some of the elusive wildlife in the Tetons such as the mountain lions and wolverines.
    If you have an interest in learning more about the wildlife that makes up the heart of our valley, this is a must-listen.
    Learn more about the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation athttps://jhwildlife.org/ ( JHWildlife.org)
    Photo by: Christine Paige
    Follow Stephan and his family on Instagramhttps://instagram.com/buildingintheholein22?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com),https://www.instagram.com/thatsamoeri/ (@thatsamoeri)).

    • 40 min
    Living a Happy Life in Jackson Hole with Hal Johnson

    Living a Happy Life in Jackson Hole with Hal Johnson

    Hal Johnson is a father, long-time local, entrepreneur, horseshoer, ranch hand, and one of the first tram operators. Hal has called this valley his home for over 65 years. Born in Firth, ID, and raised in the Blackfoot area, he made his way to Wyoming as a teenager and landed in Jackson back in 1957.
    In this episode, Hal shares with Stephan many stories of what it was like to live in work in Jackson over the years. He talks about owning a feedlot that was run out of business by Purina. Hal goes into detail about all the longtime locals he has worked for, how he became a part-owner of the rodeo and why he left Jackson for a brief period of time. He also talks about being a member of the Order of Odd Fellows and what they do for the community. Stephan and Hal then discuss the importance of finding your happiness and surrounding yourself with people who also share a passion for life.
    Hal is enjoying his “retirement” at the age of 85. He still keeps active by working for his son Hap Johnson at Jackson Hole Security.
    Follow Stephan and his family on Instagramhttps://instagram.com/buildingintheholein22?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.
    This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More athttps://tetoncountywy.gov/1459/Compost ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or athttps://www.instagram.com/roadtozerowaste.jh ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)
    Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More athttp://jacksonholewineclub.com/ ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)
    Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support byhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmoeri ( Michael Moeri) (http://michaelmoeri.com/ (michaelmoeri.com),https://www.instagram.com/thatsamoeri/ (@thatsamoeri)).

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Some Douche With a Martini ,

Incredible people from an incredible region!

Love this podcast. As a 20+ year resident of Jackson Hole, I thoroughly enjoy listening to this well organized and interesting podcast. Stephan tracks down unique individuals from the community and asks deep questions in an organized format that keep the listener intrigued. I am constantly learning more and more about our little mountain community and the people that keep it going. I love hearing the backstory of how people arrived in this valley and what has made them successful contributors to our society. Subscribe now, you will love it!

The OrginalLegend ,

Great podcast

Stephan and his team do a great job. I look forward to listening every Thursday. I love hearing the stories from the families and business owners who grew up or moved to this glorious valley. Thank you, Stephan!

boomsnapcraaxkkk ,

A riveting podcast - Humans of Jackson Hole

Wow! I am in awe!

The Jackson Hole Connection has made me feel so much more connected to my community - its history, politics, environment, arts and business owners of all arenas.

Host Stephan Abrams has so far produced 114 episodes. He has hosted such a wide and rich varierty of guests on his show.

Are you curious about history of the valley? Plunge into Episode 58 - "Native American History in Jackson Hole" where Stephan interviews Ivan Posey, the leading member of the Wind River Reservation. In 48 minutes I learned so much about tribal relations, the Wind River Reservation and the way tribal traditions have been carried on in the Jackson Hole area.

Are you curious about comedy and arts in the valley? Dive deep into Episode 112 - "A Modern Day Jackson Hole" to hear about Andrew Munz who published the book and musical "I Can Ski Forever" - a show that truly had the whole community talking about Munz and moments of hilarity in the musical for weeks. Stephan and Andrew also discuss the challenges Munz faced growing up in Jackson Hole as he questioned his sexual identity.

Sometimes growing up in a town that often feels utopian can make those who struggle with mental health feel extra isolated. In Episode 67 - "Changing the Conversation on Mental Health and Suicide" Stephan interviews Youth Workers Specialist, Brian Kuhn "whose mission is to better educate people about suicide and desperation."

I am so excited that I heard of Stephan's podcast and am eager to continue listening to all of his episodes. If you are looking to network or find inspiration within the community you found the right place.

To many more hours catching up on these outstanding episodes!

Cheers,
Kat Bush

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