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Ross Lakes Area 


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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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Spider Peak.  The route follows the right-leaning dihedral/chimney system just to the right of center.

Northeast Face of Spider Peak 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Spider Peak
This route follows the obvious crack system splitting the main face of Spider Peak. The primary attraction to the route is the line itself--it looks splitter! However, potential suiters must be prepared for dripping off-widths, dirty chimneys, a few spitter sections, and tons of loose rock. By judiciously utilizing overhangs and corners, sheltered belays can be arranged...sometimes it's wise to use relatively short pitches to maximize sheltered belays. With a great deal of care, we were able...[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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