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Baldwin Creek 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Fossil Hill 0 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Ghost Town, The 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Miner's Delight 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Noble, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sawmill Canyon 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Sinks Canyon 22 / 418 / 1 / 50 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 490
Strawberry Roan, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Suicide Point 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Sweat Lodge, The 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Wild Iris 0 / 256 / 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 259
Wolf Point 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
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Lander is home to several cliffs dispersed throughout the foothills of the eastern Wind River Mountains. The rock is mainly Bighorn Dolomite and occurs in two basic types. There are wind eroded butresses like those of Wild Iris and Suicide Point, and there are walls lining the sides of river canyons, such as Sinks Canyon and Wolf Point. The rock varies in quality from very good to very featured and consists mainly of crimps and positive pockets, some being as small as one-finger on the more difficult lines.

There is a bit of granite climbing as well, the Joint wall and the Sanctuary at the top of Sinks being 2 areas that have about 50 sport climbs all together. There are some fantastic routes on these cliffs if you get tired of pocket pulling. Sinks also has some sandy sandstone at the entrance of the canyon, but it is not worth your time unless you are on a NOLS course or like insecure trad climbing.

It is possible to climb throughout much of the year here. Sinks is the best winter area, with a paved approach and an inversion that keeps the wall toasty when it is freezing in town. It is not uncommon to climb in a t-shirt on sunny days in January and February when the temperature in town is 10 degrees. Summer is better spent at Wild Iris and its surrounding crags as they are much higher in elevation, and mainly under snow in the winter. Spring is sometimes great but often snowy and wet. Fall is the best time for climbing in Lander, with crisp temps, sunny skies, and access to every crag here.

Steve Bechtel's guidebook does a great job of describing the sport routes around Lander and is the best resource for any climber visiting the area. It describes the following cliffs:

Sinks Canyon
Fairfield Hill
Fossil Hill
Wild Iris
Miner's Delight
The Strawberry Roan
The Sweat Lodge
Wolf Point
Wolf Pup
Baldwin Creek
Suicide Point

There are several other cliffs that are either very sparsely developed or that have sensitive access issues and as such are not included in the current guide. These include the North Country near Wild Iris and Stone Horse and the North Fork Wall in the canyon of the North Fork of the Popo Agie.

The bouldering around Lander is getting more and more developed each year. There is a limited selection of sandstone and dolomite bouldering in the heart of Sinks Canyon. The Cabin Boulders at Bruce's Bridge in Sinks is a small granite garden that is good for a short session. The Loop Road above Sinks has several small areas that can be fun in the summer. The Rock Shop on South Pass has a good, although spread out, selection of gneiss rock. Some of these, like the UFO boulder and the Lander Boulder are world class. There are also 2 great areas a little further afield, both approached on the road to Dickenson Park above Ft. Washakie. These are the Devil's Kitchen and the Falcon's Lair. You need a Wind River Indian Reservation permit to be able to access either of these places. These can be obtained in several locations in Lander, including the Wild Iris shop. David Lloyd's guidebook Bouldering in the Wind River Range is the best resource for any pad people wanting to check out the pebble wrestling here.

Also check out Sam Lightner's site for up to date forecasts for specific cliffs.

Getting There

Lander is located in central Wyoming, easily found on the map. There is free camping in Lander at the City Park for 3 days. It is also the main venue for the International Climbers' Festival (, held every summer on the weekend following the Fourth of July.

Gear can be found at Wild Iris Mountain Sports on Main Street in town. NOLS is headquartered in Lander and also has a small gear store. There are several places to eat breakfast and lunch. The best for climbers are The Middle Fork, the Lander Bakery, and the Crux Coffee Shop, all on Main Street.

The Cowfish is the best upscale dinner joint and the Gannett Grill/Lander Bar is a must visit for any traveler, climber or otherwise. Both of these fine establishments are owned by a climber.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lander Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
La Vaca Peligrosa
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Duck Soup
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
More Funky Than Gunky
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Red Rider
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Take Your Hat Off
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Claim Jumper
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Elmo's Fish
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Devil Wears Spurs
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Winchester Pump
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Tribal War
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Hot Tamale Baby
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
La Vaca Peligrosa Wild Iris > OK Corral > Right Side
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Duck Soup Sinks Canyon > Scud Area
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
More Funky Than Gunky Sinks Canyon > Camel Jockey
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Red Rider Wild Iris > OK Corral > Central (Blooming Rose…
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Take Your Hat Off Wild Iris > Main Wall > Cowboy Poetry
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Claim Jumper Wild Iris > OK Corral > Central (Blooming Rose…
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Elmo's Fish Sinks Canyon > Killer Cave
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Gaucho Wild Iris > Zorro Area
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Devil Wears Spurs Wild Iris > Main Wall > Wild Horses Wall
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Wotai Wild Iris > Erratic
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Winchester Pump Wild Iris > OK Corral > Central (Blooming Rose…
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tribal War Wild Iris > OK Corral > Left Side (Tribal War,…
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Zorro Wild Iris > Zorro Area
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hot Tamale Baby Wild Iris > Main Wall > Hot Tamale Wall
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes Wild Iris > Main Wall > Rode Hard Wall
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Laramie, WY
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
Wild iris is typically inaccessible without a snow mobile until the winter snows recede.
Killer cave, in sinks, being south facing, can have warm days year-round. That said, you'll want clear, warm-ish winter days. 45 and cloudy/windy will be intolerable. 45, sunny, and calm will be the best day of your life. Feb 12, 2016
Tom Rangitsch
Lander, WY
Tom Rangitsch   Lander, WY
The new guide does not include the North Country. The parking access is very tenuous at that particular cliff and the Forest Service has had problems with too many cars parked there. Until a better solution is found, it has been decided not to put the cliff in the guidebook so as to limit traffic at the area and not jeoparize the access we now have. Jun 13, 2015
Is North Country included in the new Lander guidebook. Jun 13, 2015
Taylor Currier 1
South Lake Tahoe, California
Taylor Currier 1   South Lake Tahoe, California
Hey Tom. I am planning on spending time at the Climbers Festival this summer. Will a new guide book be published by that time? I want to pick up a copy and start dreaming about all those pockets. May 26, 2015
Is there a new guidebook available? I have the 2011 edition. Mar 24, 2015

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