Teton Climbers’ Coalition to ‘adopt’ Rodeo Wall

JACKSON, Wyo. — A newly formed climbing group is planning to give some love to a well-known locals’ crag.

The Teton Climbers’ Coalition this week announced an “Adopt-A-Crag” stewardship project for Rodeo Wall. Rodeo Wall is a small limestone crag located some 20y minutes from downtown Jackson, two miles south of Hoback Junction. It is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which comprises 3.4 million acres of some of the most spectacular public land in America.

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On Thursday, August 27, The Teton Climbers’ Coalition will coordinate a volunteer effort to help with several projects, such as belay platform restoration and general trail maintenance. Community members are encouraged to volunteer and help preserve and protect the local crag. Photo: Jacob Gore // Buckrail

With the Forest Service severely understaffed, many maintenance projects are being backlogged and Teton Climbers wants to help their partners out.

“The Bridger-Teton National Forest currently lacks the federal resources needed to meet the opportunities and challenges associated with growing recreation and visitor use in the Greater Yellowstone Area,” stated Friends of the Bridger-Teton NF. “Since 2009, the BTNF has lost nine full-time recreation positions and suffered a 63% decrease in their infrastructure and maintenance budget. This reality can affect our wildlife, our watersheds, and our communities’ support for public lands.”

How you can help

On Thursday, August 27, The Teton Climbers’ Coalition will coordinate a volunteer effort to help with several projects, such as belay platform restoration and general trail maintenance. Community members are encouraged to volunteer and help preserve and protect the local crag.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Rodeo Wall turnout at 3:00 p.m. to register and receive a project assignment. Due to limited parking, carpooling is suggested, and volunteers are asked to wear masks to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

Volunteers should also bring water, work-appropriate clothes, closed-toe shoes, gloves, sunblock, insect repellent, and face mask (which are to be worn within 6 feet of another human). A water station, refreshments, and snacks will be provided.

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application and Waiver. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up online prior to the event.

Please email your application. Last-minute volunteers are also welcome.

Christian Beckwith, Teton Climbers’ Coalition chair, says, “We encourage our climbing community to step forward and become active stewards of our public lands.”

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