Elevation: 8,500 ft
GPS: 44.792, -106.963 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Trevor Bowman on Jun 7, 2009
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg
Access Issue: Open public lands (Forest Service). Respect adjacent landowners. Details


Five separate reefs of Bighorn Dolomite rising above high-country meadows just south of Highway 16 in the southern Bighorns. Only 3 of the cliffs have developed climbing (the other 2 don't have nearly the quality or potential). The Crazy Woman Cliff and the TLC Wall both hold many excellent sport routes from 5.10-5.13 with lots of beautifully featured steep terrain remenisicent of Tensleep Canyon. Dirt roads off of the highway deposit one within minutes of the walls, making this a slackers delight. Good undeveloped camping can be found throughout the area, but be discreet and pick up after yourself! Please read the above comments on access concerns before visiting the area and be especially conscientious while out here.

The cliffs face SW and get lots of sun, but the area is at a high altitude and generally remains cool and pleasant in the summer. During the hottest months, mornings and evenings are still great, and shady spots along the crags can be found (the left side of Crazy Woman Cliff being prime).

These cliffs saw there first routes back in '88 by the super motivated Alex Catlin, who was living in Buffalo for a summer. He left many impressive testpieces behind. Ken Trout, along with his wife and friends, spearheaded the second round of activity in 1992 and left many classic sport lines behind them. Other Wyoming locals have passed through and left their mark. This is now Buffalo's premier venue!

Getting There

They cliffs are a couple miles south of Highway 16 (between Buffalo and Tensleep over the Bighorn Mountains) and easily visible from the Highway. When coming from Buffalo, they are about 25 miles out (well before Powder River Pass). From Highway 16, the cliffs are approached via secondary dirt roads that are generally in good condition and passable for all vehicles. Specific approach directions are given for each individual cliff. Driving time from Buffalo is around 45 minutes. Another perk of the area is that these approach roads deposit you very close to the cliffs, keeping hiking time to 5 minutes or less. Specific driving directions will be detailed for each wall in their descriptions.

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Trevor Bowman
Flagstaff, AZ
Trevor Bowman   Flagstaff, AZ
Rock Climbs of the Eastern Bighorns Second Edition is the source for beta for this area. It provides comprehensive beta for Crazy Woman Crags (with 4 times the routes listed on here currently) and the other major crags of Sheridan/Buffalo area. Available at retailers throughout the area like: Backcountry Bicycles, Sport Stop, Sports Lure, Ten Sleep Brewery, the Rock Ranch, and Dirty Sally's. Check out Amazon to buy from the author directly, or just PM me here if you want a copy mailed. Aug 3, 2010
Buy the latest edition of Trevor's guidebook and check this zone out, it's excellent!


The climbing and camping in the Crazy Woman area is amazing. It's the sort of place that will never be truly popular, as it's too far from any major population area. That said, with a bit of traffic, the climbing will clean up and be every bit as good as the Ten Sleep classics.

Borderlands and TLC crags are particularly good for harder climbing; both have micro approaches, and far better summer conditions than any Ten Sleep crag. Loads of quality hard routes up to 14a, and many open projects that could be harder. Jun 28, 2017
Trevor Bowman
Flagstaff, AZ
Trevor Bowman   Flagstaff, AZ
Thanks for the props Josh, and glad you had a great time up here!

If you want a copy prior to a trip up here, and are the type that likes to go straight to the source, buy a copy from me! I have them posted on Amazon, and am also happy to mail directly if you just PM me here on the Proj. Jul 24, 2017