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Monthly Archives: August 2021

Aug. 26 Hoback Shield Stewardship Project Postponed; Rodeo Wall Project Rescheduled in its Place

The Hoback Shield Adopt-A-Crag Project scheduled for this Thursday, August 26, has been postponed. Climbers instead will focus their stewardship work on the Rodeo Wall area, a project that was cancelled last week due to weather.

The switch in objectives was prompted by a recent discovery of potential cultural resources in the Hoback Shield area.

“Due to the area’s location on a bench above the river, and the historical descriptions of a battle that took place in that area, we know it has a high potential for cultural resources to be present,” said Tim Farris, the Trails/Wilderness Supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “We need to follow the proper NEPA process before disturbing any ground.”

To accommodate, The Teton Climbers’ Coalition has rescheduled its Adopt-A-Crag work at the Rodeo Wall area this Thursday from 2-7 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to participate.

The Hoback Shield project will be rescheduled once the BTNF has completed its diligence on the area.

 

Teton Climbers’ Coalition to Host The Boulderdash Community Bouldering Series

This year’s Town Pump bouldering competition ends August 17. To keep the community bouldering into the fall, The Teton Climbers’ Coalition will host The Boulderdash, a community bouldering series, on Tuesday evenings from August 24-September 28 at the Teton Boulder Park.

The family-friendly event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required to participate.

The intent of The Boulderdash is to foster community within the Teton climbing community. Unlike a competition, the event will require bouldering skills plus a dash of strategy on the part of participants.

The event’s first hour and a half will be the “warm-up,” in which participants climb and strategize for the event’s final push. At 7:00 p.m., the “Boulderdash”—a thirty-minute bouldering “sprint” in which participants accumulate as many points as possible—will begin.

Only the points accumulated during the final half hour will be included in participants’ scores. To make matters more interesting, participants can only include boulder problems they’ve successfully climbed during the “warm-up” in their final scores.

The Boulderdash will thus require climbers to reserve enough “go-juice” during the first hour and a half to accumulate as many points as possible during the final half hour.

The Boulderdash is open to everyone. Those interested in participating may simply show up.

 

Current Climbing Gym Plans Inadequate

In the November 2019 election, Teton County voters approved $22,000,000 for a “Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Expansion and Renovation, Community Climbing Gym, King Street Extension, and Stormwater Treatment.”

On August 10th and 11th, from 11 a.m.—7 p.m. at the Rec Center, Teton County Parks and Rec will host a Community Open House about the expansion, including the development of the climbing gym.

According to a press release, the Open House will allow community members to ask questions and provide their input to Parks & Rec on the expansion’s initial designs, which allocate approximately 7,200 square feet to the climbing gym.

The Enclosure Climbing Gym, which had 700 members when it closed in 2014, had 10,000 square feet of climbing area. The Rec Center climbing gym will have more users than The Enclosure did—one of the reasons more than 600 community members signed a petition earlier this year calling for a bigger facility.

Last summer, more than 300 community members completed a survey on the climbing gym. 85% of respondents indicated that the square footage initially proposed for the gym would be inadequate for the needs of the community.

In April 2021, community members sent more than 80 letters to elected officials requesting that the gym’s size be increased to a minimum of 10,000 to 12,000 square feet

These requests align with the reasons outlined by The Teton Climbers’ Coalition that the climbing gym should be big enough to meet current and future community needs.

Feedback gathered during the Aug. 10-11 Open House will be used by Parks & Rec to refine the designs and begin the development of construction documents. Construction is estimated to begin in May of 2022 and reach completion by February 2024.

For more information on the Community Open House, click here.