Wyoming July 19, 2017
People Come From Around the World To Experience This Epic Wyoming Festival
When you’re blessed with beautiful mountains tailor made for climbing, it’s only natural to invite the whole world over for a party, and that’s precisely what rock climbers in Wyoming have been up to.
For over 20 years, Lander has hosted the International Climbers Festival, a 5-day celebration of rock climbing and climbing culture. Climbers from around the world make the trek to the Wind River Range in central Wyoming for nearly a week of events, competitions and, of course, rock climbing.
For almost a quarter of a century, Lander, Wyoming has been home to the International Climbers Festival.
The climbing part of the festival takes place in the foothills of the Wind River Range, about an hour outside the city.
Shuttles run throughout the week taking climbers to and from the climbing sites.
Wild Iris, a favorite area of local and visiting climbers alike, is particularly suited for rock climbing with its craggy face carved from dolomite limestone.
The rest of the events associated with the festival take place at various spots throughout Lander.
Events are ongoing, starting the minute the festival begins. There are all sorts of competitions that test climbers' skills such as rope coiling, crate stacking...
...beam carrying and a pull-up contest.
Of course there are prizes for everything. There's also a fun run, raffles, a scavenger hunt that lasts the entire festival, and an athlete auction where climbers bid for the opportunity to climb with an athlete partner.
Naturally, all the events are rock-climbing-themed, even the art crawl that features local and visiting artists, live music, appetizers, and whisky tasting, too.
Sports outfitters and other vendors are set up to ensure everyone has the equipment they need...
...and some are there to ensure you have souvenirs of the trip.
The International Climbers Festival is an opportunity to learn as well as have fun. There are several presentations and climbing clinics held during the week in addition to social events such as a star gazing and a film festival.
With so much going on in town, don't forget what brought you to Lander - the mountain!
Take a shuttle or head out with your own group to Wild Iris.
Spend the morning, the afternoon, or all day climbing and enjoying the company of other climbers.
Wild Iris and the surrounding area offers challenges for various climbing skills.
Don't have any climbing experience at all? No problem - even beginners can participate without tackling the big rock.
The climbing wall set up in the Lander City Park is a good place for beginners to start and for experienced climbers to warm up before hitting Wild Iris.
As demanding as the sport is...
...there's nothing like the satisfaction of conquering the rock and reaching the top. What a view!
On Saturday night, everyone gets together to celebrate the week's accomplishments with a party that features food, drink, and more live music.
One of the biggest dangers of attending the International Climbers Festival is that you're sure to be hooked, and will want to come back every year.
Have you experienced this epic Wyoming festival? What was your favorite part of the week?