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Three Top Sport Climbing Areas In Wyoming

Updated on December 13, 2010

Great Sport Rock Climbing Destinations

Like Colorado, Wyoming hosts a multitude of rock climbing opportunities, from short single pitch to long technical routes, from bouldering, sport climbing and traditional climbing destinations, to high alpine adventures. If you are planning a trip out west to rock climb, you might want to consider Wyoming.

The three climbing areas discussed on this page represent some of the state's finest developed sport climbing climbing destinations, but this is by no means an all-inclusive list. Recommended routes are based on my personal experience and are those that are deemed area classics. All of the areas mentioned on this page offer great camping, both in paid and estabilshed campgrounds and free more primitive areas.

Wild Iris Rock Climbing

Excellent Sunny Sport Climbing Routes

Wild Iris is located in a high mountain setting at Limestone Mountain at an elevation of 9,000 feet. It is a beautiful area that simply cannot be beat on a hot summers day. The higher elevation makes for cooler temps on most of the rock faces (except for those that face south) even when other areas are sweltering.

The climbs are short, steep and pocketed. They can also be quite sharp, as is the case with most limestone crags. Beautiful aspen trees create a nice canopy of shade to belay under for many routes. Climbs range form 5.8 to 5.13. primitive camping exists in the area and Lander is the closest place for supplies.

The Must Have Rock Climbing Guide Book For The Lander Area

Lander Sport Climbs
Lander Sport Climbs

A Climber's Guide Featuring Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon and More. Whether you are seeking out some of the most famous 5.13 and 5.14 climbs in America to finding the classic 9s and 10s, Lander Sport Climbs is your essential guide. Written by one of Wyoming s leading climbers for over two decades, Lander Sport Climbs describes nearly 700 routes and is a must have if you plan to climb in the area..


Sinks Canyon Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing at its Best

The Lander area boasts some of the best sport climbing in Wyoming. close to Wild iris but at a much lower elevation is Sinks Canyon. here high quality dolomite sport routes abound. Grades range from 5.5 and under to some of the state's 5.14 test pieces. The climbing is technical and the walls are featured with pockets and crimps. Near year round climbing exists at Sinks canyon.

For a complete guidebook to the area's sport climbing offerings, pick up a copy of Steve Bechtel's Lander Sport Climbs, see above (First Ascent Press, LLC, 2007).

Ten Sleep Canyon Rock Climbing

Many Excellent Sport Climbing Cliffs to Choose From

Ten Sleep canyon is located in north-central Wyoming in between the towns of Buffalo and Ten Sleep. Massive sweeping walls of Bighorn dolomite host hundreds of climbs which range in grade from 5.6 to 5.14. With daylight so abundant and climbs to be found in both the shade and sun throughout the day, the months of July and August are the best times to go. The walls are highly features and the routes have a little bit of everything from pockets and crimps to huecos and cracks. Most routes are highly technical, vertical or slightly overhanging.

The routes at Ten Sleep are long - Most of the walls in the canyon tend to run from 100-400 ft in height. There are many single pitch climbs but also many multi pitch lines to enjoy. The French Cattle Ranch area with its meadows of wildflowers and blue rock faces is a must climb area, the setting can't be beat.

Aaron Huey puts out a new guidebook every year, its not available at Amazon, but you can pick one up in town (while supplies last) at Dirty Sally's or at other climbing shops in the area

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Blessed by the resident ''rock climbing'' squidoo angel

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Useful information for anyone who enjoys rock climbing. Looks like its worth the visit just for the views too. Makes me wish I was young enough to give it a go. Nicely presented lens.