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Lander Area Rock Climbing 

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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 Limestone 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.

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

654 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',257],['2 Stars',255],['1 Star',83],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lander Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lander Area:
La Vaca Peligrosa   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   OK Corral : Right Side
More Funky Than Gunky   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sinks Canyon : Camel Jockey
Duck Soup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sinks Canyon : Scud Area
Red Rider   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   OK Corral : Central (Blooming Rose, Cla...
Take Your Hat Off   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   The Main Wall : Cowboy Poetry
Pocket Hero   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Wild Iris : The Erratic
Claim Jumper   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   OK Corral : Central (Blooming Rose, Cla...
The Devil Wears Spurs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Main Wall : Wild Horses Wall
Gaucho   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wild Iris : Zorro Area
Winchester Pump   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   OK Corral : Central (Blooming Rose, Cla...
Tribal War   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   OK Corral : Left Side (Tribal War, Poke...
Zorro   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Wild Iris : Zorro Area
Hot Tamale Baby   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Main Wall : Hot Tamale Wall
Bush Doctor   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Sinks Canyon : Killer Cave
Choke Cherry Eyes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Aspen Glade : Cowboy King Wall
Wind and Rattlesnakes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Main Wall : Rode Hard Wall
Wind Drinker    5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 95'   Suicide Point
American Beauty   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   Aspen Glade : Cowboy King Wall
Killer   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Sinks Canyon : Killer Cave
Endeavor to Persevere   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Sinks Canyon : Killer Cave
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By Adam Keifenheim
Mar 24, 2015
Is there a new guidebook available? I have the 2011 edition.
By Taylor Currier 1
From: South Lake Tahoe, California
May 26, 2015
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.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Jun 13, 2015
Is North Country included in the new Lander guidebook.
By Tom Rangitsch
Jun 13, 2015
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.
By Brian Scoggins
From: Laramie, WY
Feb 12, 2016
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.

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