Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ready to win $100 gift certificate from TBR??




What would you do with a $100 gift certificate from Teton Backcountry Rentals? We're offering you the opportunity to win exactly that by following us on Facebook and answering our question of the week. All correct answers will be randomly selected each week for a chance to win TBR swag and be entered to win the $100 gift card grand prize. The grand prize winner will be selected on September 15th, 2018.


For even more fun - check out our Instagram and post your adventure photos for 10% off your total gear rental!* Follow us on Instagram @tetonbcrentals, post an original photo and tag @tetonbcrentals with hashtag #backcountrybound. 


*Image must be original to customer. By tagging @tetonbcrentals, you grant us permission to use your image in marketing materials including social media. Discount does not apply to truck camper rentals or group reservations.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

TBR Community Clean-Up Day

Written by TBR Employee of the Year 2017 Benjamin Glatz

A short time ago my feet were sinking into the coarse black sand of a remote Icelandic beach. My heart began to sink with immense sadness as I noticed some of the larger objects weren’t the expected rocks or shells that one might find on a beach, rather they were chunks of plastic of all shapes, sizes and colors. I took to picking up as much trash as I could hike back to the car. A tear fell from my eye as I left the scene far from pristine.  A proper cleanup would have required a week’s work from a solo picker, which I didn’t have time for on my one day off work. I did what I could; yet it didn’t feel like it would suffice for mother earth. I spent the next few weeks reflecting upon that moment with the same heart wrenching sadness that I initially felt. To top it off, my carbon footprint to live and work in Iceland was immense. I had traveled halfway across the globe in a variety of planes, and automobiles to guide at a helicopter skiing operation on the Troll Peninsula. Talk about a hit to my moral conscious as an “environmentalist”. The realism of the situation intensified with a few social media posts that went up over the following weeks with regards to trash on Everest and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The question that resonated in my head was a culmination of these guilt ridden emotions. “Is there anything I can do?” The question circulated through my thoughts for some time in a most pessimistic manner until a recent talk with Patrick Collins, Owner of Teton Backcountry Rentals, shed light on an optimistic strategy.

Patrick and I began to talk about organizations like POW, Outdoor Alliance, SCA, and the Access Fund that have a hand in environmental preservation and conservation. We talked about their initiatives along with the successes and failures associated with them. We talked about current environmental policy in America and the overall degradation of laws that protect our lands and our waterways on a national level. I can’t lie and say that this part of the conversation was all bliss, but reality hurts, and it needs to hurt for there to be change. We continued further down the rabbit hole until our conversation made its way to Jackson, WY.

We ultimately decided that the most important conversation lie in our backyards. The local level presents the most opportunity to change with the least resistance from political and social structures. We began to talk about the great work being done with a N.I.M.B.Y. mindset by the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance to keep Snow King Mountain truly local, Incredible nature mapping projects by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation in an effort to support the health of our local flora and fauna, and Friends of Pathways extraordinary efforts to connect all of Jackson Hole via human powered trail systems.  

It isn’t difficult to get overly emotional with such a grim politics of the current environmental structure on the national level. But I think we can all agree that on a local level we want to preserve our environment for generations to come. So what about the fact that most of us drive cars that run on some form of fossil fuel, heat our houses, watch television, embrace the globalization of goods and technology, and happily eat berries out of their local growing season or buy our organic spinach in non recyclable plastic containers? I know… it’s a lot to digest on paper. So the question re-circulated when I asked Patrick, “ What can we do?” The answer isn’t simple, but it starts with offsetting our harm to the environment.

We got to talking and decided to start an in house think tank dedicated to supporting the local environment while enhancing businesses in the area. We started with a simple structure. What gear do we rent out and where do people use it? A couple of the most rented items are binoculars and spotting scopes. Where do these items get used? Most people are using these along the Antelope Flats road. Most of our customers take to the sagebrush flats in search of the hoot of a barn owl, the magnificently meandering Red Tail Hawk in search of a meal, the simplistic soar of the American Kestrel, the conversations of the chirping Mountain Blue Bird, and the grumpy old Grouse protecting their nests.


Most of TBR’s clients drive up the road with their eyes fixed to the sky in search of the avian inhabitants. Going through the loop only to look down for the Bison, Moose, or occasional Fox. But with increased traffic to any area comes increased pollution. Most clients don’t look into the furrows of the sandy soil, or the folds of the blooming sagebrush to find looming micro trash that has an extremely negative impact on our local ecosystem. All of these pollutants eventually harm the ecosystem as birds create nests with micro trash that makes its way into their stomachs and wreaks havoc on their digestive tracts.


In doing his part for the community, Patrick decided to offer rental incentives for his employees, friends, and anyone willing to offer a helping hand. The hope was that with discounted rental incentives along with truly rewarding work, he could recruit a rag tag clean up crew for an area often overshadowed by the beauty of Grand Teton National Park.


Needless to say, the first annual TBR cleanup was an absolute success. Over forty pounds of trash from small wrappers to large plastic Rubbermaid tops and everything in between. Teton Backcountry Rentals has started with the first step to local awareness. What will you do?


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Adventure awaits in Utah's canyon country

road leading down into red rock canyon

Teton Backcountry Rentals officially invites you to spend a week or more in Utah's canyon country in the month of May or June. We have a fully equipped Grandby Four Wheel Camper available in San Francisco and are offering a $99/night special (60% off!) for you to road trip back to Jackson.

Your itinerary is flexible and completely up to you. It may include a cruise through Vegas, a stop at Zion National Park (don't forget to check out the Narrows Hike) and a sunrise selfie at Bryce Canyon National Park. From there, check out Kodachrome Basin State Park and travel the scenic byway toward Escalante and Fruita. We're happy to help plan your perfect route.

sunset view over red rock landscape

Opportunity for exploration in canyon country is boundless, as is your ride. Equipped with 4-wheel drive and a camper with a cozy heater, ample water storage and comfy beds for up to 4 adults, you'll travel in total comfort. Say goodbye to crowded campgrounds and hello to off-road freedom!


The Details
The Grandby Four Wheel Camper will be ready for pick up on May 29th in San Francisco. It needs to be back to Jackson by June 7th. Mileage included, fuel is renter's responsibility. Cost is $99/night + tax & insurance processing fee. The route is decided by the renter.

Reach out to us today via phone at 307-828-1885 or Facebook to reserve your date with the desert in the fabulous Grandby Four Wheel Camper!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Excited for summer adventures? So are we!!


The snow is melting and Teton Backcountry Rentals is ready to help you prepare for summer adventures. From hiking, camping and time on the water, we have the gear you need to explore. We are now taking advanced reservations and officially open our doors this Thursday, May 10th. Visit us online or in store for all your summer gear.


As always, we rent the newest gear and best brands. In addition to our regular lineup, we are proud to introduce several new items. Follow us on Facebook for a sneak preview. We'll have you out under the stars in no time!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Four-Legged Campers: Make the Most of Your Camping Trip with Fido

From Guest Contributor Aurora James of www.dogetiquette.info:

Fall is here and the leaves will soon start to change, making it the perfect time of year to set up camp and take in the natural beauty of Mother Nature. The cooler weather makes it a great time for your dog to get out and explore too, and he’d certainly love to join you on your next camping trip as long as you bring along a treat or two. Camping with a dog takes a little bit of extra preparation, but with the information in this infographic, you’ll be camping under the stars in no time.


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 The leaves won’t hold their colorful hues forever, so why don’t you go ahead and leash up your four-legged camper and set up camp? It is sure to be an experience the two of you will enjoy!

One-way truck camper trip available from Jackson, WY to San Francisco, CA


One-way truck camper trip available from Jackson, WY to San Francisco, CA 

Want to spend a week on the road driving one of our Four Wheel Campers from Jackson Hole to San Francisco? We've got an amazing deal available!

Pick up : AvaIlable starting October 15th - Jackson, WY - Teton Backcountry Rentals 
Drop off: 1-2 weeks later - San Francisco, CA - Pacific Overlander
Cost: $ 299 / night $ 99 / night 
Mileage Included: 1500 miles.
Extra milage: $ 0.25 / mile

Itinerary Ideas: 
Go West! Start in Jackson Hole, WY. Have the freedom to explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at your leisure. Start heading west with a potential stop in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Idaho. Drive West through Nevada with a stop at beautiful Lake Tahoe! Either head towards the coast for more exploring or head south for an adventure in Yosemite National Park! Consider a night in wine country north of the Bay area before you deliver the truck camper to Pacific Overlander in San Francisco.

Go South West! Start in Jackson Hole, WY. Have the freedom to explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at your leisure. Head south through Salt Lake City with a potential stop near the neighboring mountains. Explore some of the many options of the Utah Desert. Some of our favorites That eats to mind are Fruita and Moab for mountain biking, and Grand Staircase Escalante or Canyonlands National Park for exploring! Cruise through Las Vegas for a stop at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, if you Have not Been it needs to be added to the list! Once you've got your desert fix, head towards San Francisco to drop off the camper!
Choose your own adventure! We are really open to you taking whatever route you want! So the options are endless, plan your trip of a lifetime in the America West! We are also somewhat flexible with dates. We would love to be able to accommodate your ideal trip! Give us a call to learn more.