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Located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, the Climbers’ Ranch is operated by the American Alpine Club to provide mountaineers and their families with overnight accommodations without the congestion and time limitations of public campgrounds. For many climbers, the Ranch has become a very special place. This web-site is not affiliated with the American Alpine Club, but was created and is maintained by private individuals who are passionate about the Climbers’ Ranch, to provide web-based resources for Teton climbers and hikers.  We hope you will find it useful.  Welcome to our site!

Photo by Robert Hyman

Photo by Robert Hyman

Photo of the Month

Check out the shiny new Official GTCR Brochure!

Cover of the shiny new Official GTCR Brochure (Brad Schwarm photo)

Hot off the presses, this is the first new brochure since Leigh Ortenburger’s original 1971 version! Produced by Andy Edwards. GTCR Brochure

Ranch Staffing Update

American Alpine Club Facilities Manager Philip Swiny, along with Debbie and Gary Bunten will be returning again this year to their roles as GTCR Manager and Assistant Managers, respectively. With the on-going tasks multiplying by the year, this is a great boost for the Ranch in providing continuity and familiarity. As all who have visited in 2012 or 2013 know well, they make a fine team of thoroughly competent and ever warm, cheerful, and helpful presences.

Ranch Interns play a key role in the ongoing operations of the Ranch. Applications are now being accepted for two Intern Positions for the 2014 Summer Season. You can get all the details right here.


ERIN MAULDIN, know to Work Week regulars as a rock-solid worker, climber, singer of Bob Dylan lyrics, and otherwise good soul or our community, now in her senior year at West Point, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University beginning in Fall 2014. KUDOS!

Erin majors in international history and ranks first academically in her class and second in academics, military leadership and athletics combined. She serves as regimental commander and is the only non-French woman ever to graduate from the French Commando School. Erin also volunteers to provide support to local students near West Point. As a result of her efforts and environmental interests, the Corps of Cadets implemented a new waste management system. She also helped to develop a biogas digester project in Uganda.

Note from the Mauldin family
The family of Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch regular Work Week volunteer Erin Mauldin would like to express our huge appreciation for all involved in GTCR: those who have made it possible, those who have worked so hard since it started to allow it to continue and especially to the last 11 years worth of Work Week volunteers. All of them. GTCR and the people who frequent it both regularly and those met only briefly have been very important parts of the village that helped raise this young woman (and our others). The discussions, the laughter, the singing, the hard work (even the staining), the sense of belonging and most especially, the sense of participation and making a difference in something you care about through your own work, have been foundational experiences in Erin’s life and in all of our lives. Truly then, thank you to the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch and thank you to all of you who have made it possible and continue the task.

Climbers’ Ranch Video

Casey McCoy produced and filmed an excellent video introduction to the Climbers’ Ranch before returning to college.  Check out Casey’s nice work.



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