Fossil Hill Rock Climbing
Kind of a hybrid crag, combining Wild Iris style butress climbing on wind exposed faces, but more like the Sinks Canyon main wall in terms of height. There are more crimps here than at the Iris, and more pockets than at Sinks, but the rock is better quality dolomite than Sinks. There are about 40 routes here, described in both Bechtel's and Collins'/White's guides.
The climbs are mostly vertical with steep bulges at the top and have between 8 and 12 bolts, for the most part. I do not think a 60 meter rope is required for anything here. Grades range from 5.10 to 5.14a.
The area is about 1000 feet higher than Sinks and is more west facing. Good in the fall and late summer evenings, but it can get hot in the middle of the day.
Classics include Casual Entertainment (5.11c), Channel Zero (5.11d/12a), Hips Like Cinderella (5.12c), The Righteous and The Wicked (5.13a), Tremors (5.13b), and When the Cubans Hit the Floor (5.14a).
Drive all the way up Sinks Canyon, past Bruce's Camp. Continue on the paved road up the switch backs. The road is closed here from the late fall until around Memorial Day, effectively prohibiting access unless you have a snow machine or want to ski 4 or 5 miles up the road.
Just after the switch backs, look for a dirt parking lot on the left of the road with a pit toilet. Park here. The main part of the wall is not quite visible from the parking lot. You will see a really steep two track that leads straight up to the cliff. Do not take this trail. Rather, find a single track that goes up and right, passing a fence at about 500 yards. This will eventually deposit you at the main wall, near Casual Entertainment.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Fossil Hill
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fossil Hill:
Hang Fire 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 80'
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The Righteous and The Wicked 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c WY
: Lander Area
: Fossil Hill
Start off on a just past vertical face and pull a small bulge. The crux is the first few bolts, using crimps and gastons. Get established on the vertical face above and climb techy rock for 30 or 40 feet, 5.11. You encounter a steeper finish for the last 2 bolts with a redpoint crux at the end, weighing in at about 12a or b. One of the best 13as in Lander....[more] Browse More Classics in WY
By Kyle Duba
Jun 3, 2014
BAD BOLT WARNING: The crux bolt on "Fossil Logic" 5.11c is looking pretty terrible as of 6/2/14. The right people have been informed but it may take a couple months to get it fixed up right. I would recommend avoiding this route until it's been taken care of.
By Cameron Sumpter
From: Lander, WY
May 5, 2016
Hey Kyle - Do you mean the bolt at the top crux before the anchors? Dave Doll may have replaced it last summer as I took a 40-50 foot ride off that bolt and it looked in great condition, and he was doing some route development up there last summer.