Elevation: 8,891 ft
GPS: 42.58479, -108.73536
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Sep 8, 2009
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

Description

The Main Wall is the centerpiece of The Wild Iris climbing. Over 100 routes grace the varied, bulging dolomite, with grades ranging from 5.4 to 5.14d. 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 harrowing 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.

116 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 126
Wind River Rose
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 100
Pronghorn Tramp
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 180
Ryobi Ranger
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 180
Indian Country
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 257
Take Your Hat Off
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 126
Buffalo Soldier
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 239
The Devil Wears Spurs
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 228
Easy Ridin'
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 81
Cowboy Gibberish
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 294
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 110
Tomahawk Slam
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 224
Hot Tamale Baby
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 96
Cowboy Poetry
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 76
Charro
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 94
Ruby Shooter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wind River Rose D. Hot Tamale Wall
 126
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pronghorn Tramp C. Wild Horses Wall
 100
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ryobi Ranger E Five Ten Wall
 180
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Indian Country E Five Ten Wall
 180
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Take Your Hat Off G. Cowboy Poetry
 257
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Buffalo Soldier G. Cowboy Poetry
 126
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Devil Wears Spurs C. Wild Horses Wall
 239
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Easy Ridin' F. Rode Hard Wall
 228
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Cowboy Gibberish G. Cowboy Poetry
 81
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes F. Rode Hard Wall
 294
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tomahawk Slam F. Rode Hard Wall
 110
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hot Tamale Baby D. Hot Tamale Wall
 224
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cowboy Poetry G. Cowboy Poetry
 96
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Charro D. Hot Tamale Wall
 76
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Ruby Shooter D. Hot Tamale Wall
 94
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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