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Ross Lakes Area 


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Submitted By: Nathan Furman on May 2, 2007
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Description 

The Ross Lakes Area is in the northern end of the Wind River Mountains, north of Gannett Peak and Titcomb Basin. Many mountaineering-type climbing objectives abound, such as those on Downs Mountain and Flagstone Peak. Rock climbing objectives are fewer, yet several excellent ones exist for adventurous souls looking to get away from the masses. Spider Peak, Orange Wall, and Bear's Tooth in particular offer stunning multipitch routes up to Grade IV in length.


Getting There 

The most direct access is through the Trail Lake Ranch trailhead. From there, hiking south through Bomber Basin on the Bomber Trail for about 8 miles will deposit visitors at Bomber Lake. From this lake, traveling west/southwest up faint trails for an hour will lead to Spider Peak.

By in large, specific travel will be determined by which objectives climbers seek. Possible alternate approach routes may also take climbers by Ross Lake and Mile Long Lake. In addition, the Ross Lake Area can be reached via the north, south, and east, depending on other climbing objectives (i.e., Gannett Peak) are desired. For more information, consult Joe Kelsey's WInd River Mountains Climbing and Hiking Guide.


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Featured Route For Ross Lakes Area
This photo shows the Orange Wall and the relative location of the route.  The dotted path shows the approach on which you are likely to encounter 3rd or 4th class terrain.

Orange Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  WY : Wind River Range : ... : The Orange Wall
A long, alpine route. Lots of loose rocks and flakes in the chimney systems. Good climbing otherwise. Appears to usually be wet in some spots, but was dry in the summer (July) of '06. OK to decent belay ledges. Lots of potential variations in neat looking dihedrals on the upper portion. On many pitches we climbed till we were out of rope (60m).P1 Crux. Route starts on left side of alcove/large roof, on a high ledge system at base of wall. Climb crack on left side through awkward 5.7+ move ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Daniel on the early morning approach to Bear's Tooth
Daniel on the early morning approach to Bear's Too...
Posing down in front of Orange Wall
Posing down in front of Orange Wall
Sara snacking on the Continental Glacier, looking south to Turret Peak and Gannett Peak
Sara snacking on the Continental Glacier, looking ...
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