“there is more climbable rock in the Bighorns than anywhere else in Wyoming”

Todd Skinner

The quality of rock climbing in the Bighorn Mountains is unsurpassed – that’s why people travel from all over the world to climb here.  But some of the best limestone in the Bighorns isn’t anywhere near the popular roadside crags, making for some steep and scenic treks into the backcountry.  Whether you’re roping up for the first time, pushing the grades, or exploring the far reaches of Paint Rock Canyon, you’re sure to have a smile as wide as the Wyoming sky.

Climb on the famous dolomite limestone walls of Ten Sleep Canyon in northern Wyoming.  Photo of a local Wyoming climber on a classic moderate climb on the Fickle Finger of Fate on Dry Ten Sleep Creek.
The Fickle Finger of Fate, Ten Sleep Canyon

Lessons

All of our sport climbing trips include personalized instruction on the following topics and techniques :

  • Climbing safety, belay, and anchor systems
  • Top-rope and/or lead climbing techniques
  • Minimal-impact climbing strategies to safeguard resources and heritage
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Lessons on each area’s geology, ecology, archaeology, and history

These hands-on lessons are followed by top-rope or lead climbing on routes of your choice.

Crazy Woman Canyon is a small, serene, but easily accessible alternative to Ten Sleep Canyon.   What Crazy Woman lacks in size it makes up for in the uniqueness of its geological features, quality of climbing, and positioning right above a blue-ribbon trout stream.  Not to mention it’s a quick drive from the town of Buffalo and I-25.  If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and explore the backroads of sport climbing in the eastern Bighorns, this is the place for you.
Palisades guarding the entrance to Crazy Woman Canyon

Options

Half day:

Our half-day rock climbing trips are perfect if you’re passing through, looking for a quick adventure, or an affordable way to learn the fundamentals of rock climbing.  We recommend climbing in Ten Sleep Canyon or Crazy Woman Canyon – both areas are easily accessible from Highway 16 and don’t require long or strenuous hikes. We’ll provide transportation from Worland, Ten Sleep, or Buffalo if needed.

Wyoming Mountain Guides' Bighorn Basin youth climbing camps will also take place in the eastern Bighorn Mountains, including Crazy Woman Canyon near Buffalo Wyoming
The Wave, Crazy Woman Canyon

Full day:

The most bang for your buck.  You’ll have more time to develop your understanding of climbing safety systems, work on specialized techniques, and explore the ecological niches of the Bighorn canyonlands.  Our day trips also give you more flexibility to choose where you want to climb. You have the option to climb in more than one area per day. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can head north to Paint Rock Canyon. We will provide transportation from Worland, Ten Sleep, Hyattville, or Buffalo.

Learn to rock climb and explore the natural wonders of Ten Sleep Canyon

Contact us to customize your sport climbing trip

 

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