Board

Christian Beckwith

Christian Beckwith began climbing in Wales in 1990. In 1993, he was lured to the Tetons by an article on alpine rock climbing, and has called Jackson home ever since. In 1994 he started a Teton-based climbing ‘zine, The Mountain Yodel, which led to his first real job, as Editor of The American Alpine Journal, which he did until 2001. He started Alpinist Magazine with Marc Ewing in 2001 and in 2009 coordinated the development of The Teton Boulder Park. In 2013, he launched the conservation organization SHIFT. His climbing has taken him to Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Tibet, Alaska and across Asia and Europe, but these days he feeds the rat most often in the peaks above Jackson, where he lives with his wife and ten-year-old daughter.

Garrick Hart

Garrick Hart has climbed throughout the west including ascents on El Capitan in Yosemite as well as rock and ice routes in places such as Red Rocks, Moab, The North Cascades, and throughout Wyoming. Many of the ascents were with his wife, twin daughters and son.

Garrick teaches Physics at Jackson Hole High School and runs the mountaineering club there as well, teaching students to know and love the mountains as well as how to travel and recreate in them safely.

Neil Grimaldi

Neil Grimaldi was born and raised in the flatlands on Connecticut. After a short apprenticeship in ski-bumming at the University of Vermont he moved out to Jackson, WY in 2003 to ski for a winter. One winter turned into between ten and twenty and pow turns gave way to springs and falls spent in the desert and Yosemite and summers in the alpine. Neil enjoys all types of climbing the Mountain West has to offer and hopes to help preserve those cherished venues and protect them for future generations.

Gary Kofinas

Gary Kofinas, a resident of Wilson, started climbing at Linville Gorge, NC, came to the Tetons in 1974, and for 20 years was active as a mountaineering instructor in New England, the American West and Alaska. He served as Director of Student Travel at Interlocken Center for Experiential Education, and in 1988 founded Expeditions for Global Awareness (now known as Teewinot Institute), which took young adults to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to learn about controversial environmental issues.  His wilderness / mountaineering exploits have taken him Tibet, Nepal, Ladakh, the Alps, and Greece. After completing a PhD in Resource Management at UBC, Gary was a Senior Fellow at the Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies and faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He is now a UAF Professor Emeritus, serves as Chair of the Teton Backcountry Alliance, and continues to entertain himself with meaningless adventures in the Tetons and beyond.

Marian Meyers

Born and raised on a farm in the Deep South (Mississippi), Marian Meyers first traveled out West in 1977 to work in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks during college summers. Hiking up the local Yellowstone and Grand Teton peaks and then climbing the Grand Teton piqued her interest in climbing. College brought the good fortune of a lifetime career as a physical therapist, while she honed her skills as a lifelong recreational climber. These brief forays ranged from climbing in the Western states to Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Nepal, and Cuba. Outdoor passions also include whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking.

Marian and her husband, Dave, moved full time to Jackson in 1996 to raise their daughter (Sydney) in the valley. Community involvement has included serving on the Board of Elders at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole as well as on the boards of the Joint Powers Recycling & Waste Reduction Board, Snake River Fund (President), and Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Marian is currently serving as a Regional Council Member for the National Parks Conservation Association.

As a physical therapist, she is an ardent believer that movement (no matter how gentle or how challenging) is a major key to one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She serves on the board to help create a quality indoor climbing experience for community members of all physical abilities and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Chris Owen

Chris Owen started climbing at age 14 at a wooden wall behind his local outdoor store.  After pestering the owners everyday for a few months, they taught him how to self belay and change the holds around, and he has been climbing and route setting ever since.  Chris moved to Wyoming to teach climbing at NOLS and his favorite climbing spots are big granite walls in North Carolina, the Winds, and Yosemite.  He currently tries to stay in shape setting for the Town Pump bouldering series each summer.  He has worked for the last 16 years on trails in Jackson with the USFS and with Friends of Pathways.  He uses that experience to coordinate volunteers to help maintain the trails to the local climbing crags.

Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas has lived in Jackson Hole since 1980. He guided raft trips until 1986 when he started Magpie Furniture. Forty seven years of climbing has taken him to South America, Canada and throughout the United States. Married to Marylee White with two now-adult children, he continues to build furniture in Wilson, Wyoming, and climb whenever the rocks need to be climbed.

Stewardship Team

Tom Hargis

Tom Hargis is an Internationally Certified AMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide who has climbed extensively in Canada and U.S., including five routes on El Capitan and many ascents in the southwest. He has guided and done expeditions throughout the world, including in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and made the first ascent of the northwest ridge of Pakistan’s Gasherbrum IV —the only American to ever summit the peak. Expeditions to Everest and Gasherbrum II. He is a recipient of AMGA Lifetime Achievement in Guiding Award (2004) and is an AMGA instructor and examiner in Rock and Alpine disciplines.

Wesley Gooch

By choice, Wesley Gooch has enjoyed his entire life within the Greater Yellowstone region, and it is likely that this circumstance will never change! Born in Jackson and raised in Pinedale, Wesley grew up climbing and exploring the Teton and Wind River Mountain ranges. At thirteen, he was introduced to the sport of rock climbing and was hooked for life. The alpine rock of the Wind River Mountains has been Wesley’s primary source of climbing inspiration. Every year, he returns to explore and establish new routes high in the Wind Rivers. Wesley pursues many forms of climbing: bouldering, sport, traditional, alpine, and ice climbing.
Wesley is also the author of the guidebook Rock Climbing Jackson Hole & Pinedale, Wyoming (which includes Driggs, ID). He’s working on a 3rd edition.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bob McLaurin

Bob McLaurin is a resident of Jackson, Wyoming. He was born and grew up in North Carolina. He moved to Wyoming in 1979 to pursue his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering skiing. From 1979 until 1981 he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, maintaining track between Cheyenne and Fort Steele. He received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985. From 1981 until 1985 he worked as the city planner for the City of Laramie. In 1985 he began his employment with the Town of Jackson. He became the Jackson Town Manager in 1990, a position he held until 1994. In 1994 he accepted a position with the Town of Vail, Colorado, as its Town Manager. He held this position until May 2003. In 2003 he became the Jackson Town Manager. He held this position until June 30th of 2018. McLaurin and his wife, Julie, have three adult children. He has been active in numerous nonprofits in Jackson including the Teton Literacy Center, Jackson Hole Historical Society and the Jackson Hole Rotary Club.

Phil Powers

Phil Powers serves as CEO at the American Alpine Club and is an owner and guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. He is a lifelong climber who has made over 25 expeditions to Alaska, South America and the Karakoram Range. He made the first ascent of the 8,000-foot Washburn Face on Denali, the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan (VI, 5.11, A3) and the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks in 1992. He has also climbed two 8,000-meter peaks—K2 and Gasherbrum II—without the aid of supplemental oxygen.

Phil has served on both the Access Fund and AMGA boards. He is the recipient of the American Mountain Foundation’s VIIth Grade Award for climbing achievement; the AAC Mountaineering Fellowship Grant; the Mugs Stump Climbing Grant; and the Wilderness Education Association’s Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Outdoor Education (2007). He received the American Alpine Club’s highest award for service, the Heilprin Award, in 2012. Phil has written two books on climbing: Wilderness Mountaineering and Expedition Planning. He remains an active climber and skier.