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Ferris Mountains

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Ferris Mountains 


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 42.2685, -107.27861 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tom Rangitsch on Sep 15, 2008
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Ferris Mountains from the south. Limestone in the...

Description 

The Ferris Mountains boast limestone palisades up to 450 feet high. The cliff band (or bands) are 4 or 5 miles long. I don't know of any development in the area except one very recent foray to them by myself and a friend (please post any other information you might have). The cliffs face south and the rock is generally quite clean, albeit sparsely featured on some faces. This area is very remote and will require a motivated team to develop new routes.


Getting There 

From Rawlins, WY, travel northwest on US Highway 287 about 45 miles. The cliffs are visible to the north from the highway. Turn off just before milepost 36 on a dirt road to the right with two black mailboxes and a yellow 55 gallon drum. This approach avoids driving through some heinous sand dunes. Stay on this road passing just near a ranch house (the ranchers are friendly but have asked that you stop and let them know what you are doing so you don't startle their cows by mistake) and head for the palisades. There are a few different roads that go to the cliffs, pick one and start adventuring.


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Climbing the crux pitch

The Great Divide 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  WY : Ferris Mountains
Climbs up a steep limestone arete following 4 pitches. The rock is sparsely featured, allowing face climbing but with very little in the way of natural pro, hence the bolts. A safe, fun outing with great exposure and cool rock. This climb is an area classic, despite of the fact that it is the only route in the area.P1 Start just right of a small tunnel/cave entrance. This pitch traverses right passing 7 bolts. The tunnel/cave actually goes up all the way to the belay at the top of the first ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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By Tom Rangitsch
From: Lander, WY
Sep 15, 2008
CONDITION REPORT 

I am posting this area just to see if anyone has ever climbed here. We took a trip this weekend to scope out new route potential and found a really good 350 foot arete route that we want to go back and try to free next week. It was a fun trip and the place is magical- good rock with LOTS of potential for adventure climbing. It is in the middle of nowhere and the approach is pretty epic, but for the climber with the right mindset (i.e. first ascents in a remote setting) it would be a great area to check out. Please post any information you might have.

By the Ascender
From: . . . CO
Dec 21, 2013

Yes, spectacular place.
Climbed here two times between 2003 and 2006.
Very remote. Rock was mostly very solid (lime) and very sharp.
A few trad/clean routes and TR's were done on the far eastern side of the Ferris'.
Wife and I called it "Two Springs" (camping and climbing site) - the finest, coldest spring water. . . absolutely lovely.
4x4 with clearance was an absolute must-have.
Tom and crew were a good ways west of our play area.