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Ambush in the Night S 
Buffalo Soldier S 
Cowboy Gibberish S 
Cowboy Poetry S 
Cowboys Don't Shoot Straight TR 
Devil Wears Latex, The S 
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues S 
Honed on the Range S 
Princess and the Playmate S 
Slapping Leather S 
Sleeping Thunder S 
Take Your Hat Off S 
Testosterone Alfresco S 

Cowboy Poetry  

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One of the best sections of climbing at Wild Iris.

This crag is taller than many of the Wild Iris walls, and generally splits into two tiers. The lower tier is vertical to slightly overhanging, and is roughly 60 to 70 feet tall. Then the second tier is a big steep bulge that extends another 20 feet or so above.

Routes have been put in here in a generally smart way, with anchors at the top of the first tier, and then route extensions to the top of the second tier. So there are plenty of easier options that go 5.10 or 5.11 up to the first anchors and then offer 5.12 and 5.13 extensions to the top.

A few classics include Cowboy Poetry (11b to the first anchor or 12b to the second), Take your Hat Off (10b), and its hard extension Boy (13a).

Gets lots and lots of sun, pretty much all day.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the first rightward trending trail down the hill (well marked with a sign). Total walk is about a half mile. This trail deposits you at the base of Cowboy Poetry.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cowboy Poetry:
Take Your Hat Off   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Buffalo Soldier   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Devil Wears Latex   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Testosterone Alfresco   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Cowboy Poetry   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
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Buffalo Soldier 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  WY : Wild Iris : ... : Cowboy Poetry
Every bit as good as its more esteemed neighbor to the left, Buffalo Soldier is an excellent moderate pocket-pulling masterpiece. This long & sustained line is the perfect warmup route, and a worthy objective in its own right. Begin up steeper rock just below the thin detatched flake. A few thin moves work up to the flake, where the holds increase in size. The angle kicks back a bit and excellent pockets begin to appear just where you need them as you cruise up the excellent slab. This line...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 12, 2009
Unfortunately some coward chopped "Cowboys Don't Shoot Straight", which used to be the 2nd route right of "Take Your Hat Off". It can still be TR'd. See route description for details.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Oct 25, 2009
Does anyone know what happened with the chopping? This is an OLD route, early 90's, by an original developer for the area, thus it is hard to imagine a justification for this.

I know a guy who is doing some retro-bolt work at the Iris, but he is a long time local with generous consensus amongst the community. I guess it might be possible that this was a retrobolted route that someone else took issue with and then chopped.

Cowardly indeed.
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Oct 25, 2009
I was told by a prominent local friend of mine that the infamous Alf has been known to chop routes at the Iris. My source didn't know if Alf did the job on this route specifically. I think the community would support replacing the bolts, but its not a high priority for locals.
By slim
Oct 26, 2009
is this the same alf that has no problem etching route names into the wall at IC?
By Josh Kornish
From: Missoula, MT
Sep 11, 2014
Alf claimed that he chopped routes that he put up after a guidebook came out giving new names to his routes that were slanderous and disrespectful.

Say what you will about Alf but the author of the said guidebook was completely in the wrong.

Hopefully these routes will be retrobolted in the future.
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