Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Winter is Coming!

Sunrise in Grand Teton National Park
With some fresh snow in the Tetons, we are getting very excited for winter in Jackson Hole! Teton Backcountry Rentals will be back in full swing by December 20th at our shop at 565 N Cache St. We will have similar hours as last winter, but will be doing things a bit differently. Now that we have a year round store front, we will be focusing our rentals out of the shop. Not to worry though, we will still offer delivery for people who need it! Our store front will be open from 4pm-8pm daily renting splitboards, avalanche safety gear, snowshoe packages and more! With these hours, our goal is to get people the gear they need to rent the night before they will be using it.

We are excited to be renting Voile Spartan Splitboards with new Voile Speed Rail Bindings. After experimenting with multiple brands over the last few seasons we are confident that Voile provides an awesome product that handles all conditions well, floats in the pow, and holds up to the abuse of rental! The new Speed rail bindings are new for 2016/2017 and we are sure that our renters will really appreciate not having to fuss around with the pin system. Stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What a view! It's astonishing that such a beautiful camp site can be found only twenty minutes outside of Jackson. 

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land. I found this slice of heaven roughly two miles from the entrance.   

I've outfitted my Ford Escape with everything one could need.  A lifted cot keeps me comfortable, weeks worth of food makes for a happy stomach, and five gallons of water quenches my thirst. With food, water, and shelter covered, home is where I lay my head.

With over 3,000 miles of road to discover and hundreds of trails to hike, this summer will be filled with new discoveries.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Making a Home in the Tetons

Nothing tops waking up across from the Grand Teton. New mountain ranges are humbling for even the most seasoned camper.

My name is Jake Ploen and I am the newest employee at Teton Backcountry Rentals. I have a unique opportunity to share my experiences and new adventures as I discover the West. 

I grew up in Naperville, Illinois where the world is flat and life is fast. College is the standard, accompanied by eye gouging student loans. After graduation, I faced a world of unknowns and endless possibility, a trip to the Yellowstone Ecostystem gave me a sense of where I belong.

Last year I discovered Jackson, Wyoming, where I felt an incredible sense of being. The land is beautiful and the residents thrive in the outdoors. Millions of people visit each season creating and ebb and flow of tourist traffic. Summer being the busiest time.

For the next several months I will be archiving my way as I make a home under the Tetons. I'll keep updating as I discover new things!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Toyota Tundra Camper ready for rentals!

Our Toyota Tundra with a brand new Phoenix Pop-Up Camper is ready for action! Give us a call to book your summer adventure today. Avoid the busy campgrounds and enjoy sleeping in comfort in a dry warm bed every night.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Open for Business at 565 N Cache St!

TBR is officially open for the summer season! Our new location at 565 N Cache St. is conveniently located across from the Jackson Hole Visitor's Center and on the way north to Grand Teton National Park. We have expanded our inventory to handle the busiest times of the summer. We are once again excited to be sharing a location with Gaper Guide, making us a one stop shop for the gear and guidance you need to have a great day exploring GTNP and YNP! Stop in and say hi, and definitely send visitors our way!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

4x4 Pop-Up Camper Rentals

Teton Backcountry Rentals is excited to announce that we will be renting 4x4 adventure vehicles this summer! We will be offering two fully equipped Toyota trucks with Phoenix Pop-up Campers! They are the perfect solution for exploring Jackson Hole and Yellowstone! Make anywhere a great and comfortable campsite with a spacious queen bed, indoor cooking, and the privacy of a big clunky camper, all in a small and agile package! Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Want to plan a backpacking trip in your favorite National Park? Here’s 6 things you need to consider before your trip.

Backpacking in our country’s national parks is one of the best ways to beat the crowds and have a true adventure. Once you make it off the beaten path, and get away from the folks who enjoy 20 min walks from the car, you can really start to explore. You can find pristine alpine lakes, rugged summits, and some of the most beautiful camping spots imaginable. Depending on who you are and where you are reading this from, you could be imagining a one night family outing in Yosemite, or a fast and light trip into the Tetons to conquer some of the higher peaks. No matter which end of the spectrum your interests lie, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you head out into the wilderness with fat pack and a pocket-full of beef jerky.

1) Park Trail Conditions

It’s finally July, but that doesn't mean you can expect every trail to be dry and free of snow. Here in the Tetons we still have a good amount of snow above 9,000 feet, and parties should be prepared with ice axes and crampons if they plan on crossing any high elevation divides. Usually the park rangers can share specific information on snow line and trail conditions.


2) Physical Fitness

You might be in the best shape of your life and have a very ambitious route planned for your party’s backpacking trip, but what is the fitness level of the weakest person in the group? Having a realistic understanding of what the group can handle will keep everybody enjoying the trip, and most importantly it will keep your group safe. Being too ambitious and attempting routes that are beyond a group’s ability is a recipe for some unhappy campers, and a potentially dangerous situation. Gauge your group’s fitness level, and plan an appropriate trip accordingly. Remember, everyone is going to have quite a bit of weight on their backs!


3) Gear

Does everyone in your party have the necessary gear they need for a few days in the backcountry? Does everyone have sturdy shoes that do not cause blisters? An approach shoe or a sturdy mountain boot will work best, and being prepared with moleskin and other first aid is always recommended. Are you flying or driving to your destination? It might make sense to leave some of the bulk at home and rent locally. Renting is a great idea for people who are new to backpacking and not looking to make the large initial investment for gear. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park, Teton Backcountry Rentals can provide everything your party will need for a successful backpacking trip. They make it so you don’t need to travel with tents or stoves, and they even deliver the gear to you!

paul in tent with campstove

4) Permitting

Most national parks require backcountry camping permits, and unless you reserve the permit months ahead of time, you are usually stuck fighting for a first-come-first-serve permit. Most national parks issue these no more than 24 hours before the intended start date, so make a plan, and get to the ranger station right when it opens the day before your trip to secure your permit.


5) Weather

Weather is fickle in the mountains. In the Rockies, you can expect clear mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. Plan accordingly, leave early, and keep an eye on the weather as the day progresses. It always makes sense to take a look at multiple different weather prediction services. Pay special attention to the specific elevation of the forecast you are looking at. People will often come to the Tetons, look at the weather forecast for the town of Jackson, and then be confused when they are getting dumped on at 9,000 feet in the mountains. Using NOAA you can refine your forecast area by moving the pin on the map to exactly where you will be hiking. It also makes sense to cross reference with a local weather service. In the Tetons, Mountain Weather is a great resource.

6) Bear Country

Is your planned trip in bear country? Here in the Tetons, we have black bears and grizzly bears. Making noise on the trails, travelling in groups of two or more, and proper food storage  greatly reduce your risks of a bear encounter. If you’re hiking in bear country It’s always a good idea to be carrying bear spray!

Most importantly, make a plan, and do your research. Backpacking in our country’s national parks is an amazing experience!

Author: Patrick Collins.
Patrick lives in Jackson, WY, is the founder of Teton Backcountry Rentals, and thrives on splitboarding and climbing in the Tetons!