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, Giovannina Anthony, MD, and their ten-year-old daughter.

Sahir Enriquez

Sahir Enriquez is a life-long Jackson resident and a first-generation immigrant from Mexico. An arborist by trade, he enjoys being outdoors everyday and using the skills he has gained from climbing to perform his job. Sahir began climbing at the Teton Boulder Park after graduating from high school, and soon found that his life revolved around the outdoors and the pursuit of climbing. An ardent supporter of the local Latino community, Sahir volunteers for the Coombs Foundation, taking Jackson’s Latino youth out skiing and on outdoor outings. He is committed to changing the cultural narrative of who is outside. Young people like himself who grow up in mountain towns do not always see a place for themselves in their town’s outdoor culture. He wants the outdoors and its transformative force to be accessible to all, no matter their economic background or place of origin. He and his wife, Loredana, enjoy volunteering their time and traveling around the world in pursuit of more climbing and outdoor adventures.

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.

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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.