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The Main Wall is the centerpiece of The Wild Iris climbing. Nearly 100 routes grace the varied, bulging dolomite, with grades ranging from 5.6 to 5.14b. This truly is a crag for climbers of all ability. Some of The Wild Iris' most classic hard routes lie only a few yards from some of the best 5.10 sport routes in Wyoming. The rock here is generally excellent, with beautiful pockets and the occasional edge. This cliff offers every angle from slab to horizontal roof. The routes are generally on the short side, but long, sustained routes can be found on the far east end of the cliff at the Cowboy Poetry Wall. Most of the routes are bouldery & powerful for their grade.

The cliff faces due South, and so is in the sun most of the day. There are crevices & buttresses that provide shade in key locations along the cliff. A beautiful pine & aspen forest grows along the base offering welcome shade & shelter from the incessant wind. All of the typical crag hazards exist, especially rattlesnakes & lightning. This area is extremely exposed to electrical storms, and retreat to the parking lot requires a heroing dash along the stark plain. The weather can change in a heartbeat, and approaching storms are often obscured from view.

From Left to Right, the crags are:

Rising From the Plains
Rodeo Wave
Wild Horses Wall
Hot Tamale Wall
Five Ten Wall
Rode Hard Wall
Cowboy Poetry Wall

Getting There 

From the parking lot, follow the main track west toward the cliff. After ~15 minutes, he trail dips down into a broad valley. At the bottom of this valley a trail forks to the right. Turn right here & follow the trai into the woods for all crags except Rising From the Plains & Rodeo Wave. The trail meets the cliff at The Five Ten Wall. Head right for Rode Hard & Cowboy Poetry, left for all others.

To reach Rising From The Plains & Rodeo Wave, the most expediate option is to continue West on the main track until you are directly south of the far left end of the Main Wail. Turn right here and head north to Rising From the Plains.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

85 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Main Wall:
Indian Country   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   Five Ten Wall
Ryobi Ranger   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Five Ten Wall
Take Your Hat Off   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Cowboy Poetry
Buffalo Soldier   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Cowboy Poetry
Testosterone Alfresco   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cowboy Poetry
Easy Ridin'   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Rode Hard Wall
The Devil Wears Spurs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wild Horses Wall
Nine Horse Johnson   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rode Hard Wall
Hot Tamale Baby   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Hot Tamale Wall
Tomahawk Slam   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Rode Hard Wall
Wind and Rattlesnakes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Rode Hard Wall
Ruby Shooter   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 75'   Hot Tamale Wall
Cowboy Poetry   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   Cowboy Poetry
Charro   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Hot Tamale Wall
Windy West   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rode Hard Wall
Hey Mr. Vacquero   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   Hot Tamale Wall
Bobcat Logic   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Rodeo Wave
Copenhagen Angel   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Rode Hard Wall
Cow Reggae   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 25'   Rodeo Wave
Atomic Stetson   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rodeo Wave
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The Main Wall from near the parking lot.
The Main Wall from near the parking lot.
Fall foilage at the Main Wall.
Fall foilage at the Main Wall.

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