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Located in west-central Wyoming, the Wind River Range offers roughly 100 miles of some of the best alpine rock climbing in the country. Valley after valley of massive rock walls abound with hundreds of enjoyable routes, as well as a lifetime of new route potential. And with several peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation, Wind River is no slouch in the epic vista department. This is exactly why the range’s widely lauded routes have been drawing climbers from around the world for decades. Climbers looking for a boundary-pushing Rocky Mountain alpine experience can head to Hole in the Wall on Ambush Peak for its terrifying ledges and 200-foot dihedral. For a perfect balance of challenge and beauty, head to Northeast Face in Pingora, dubbed by some to be the best moderate climb in Wyoming. The Wind River Range never disappoints, and with its iconic routes surrounded by magnificent wilderness, how could it?
Discover dramatic views from some of the highest Rocky Mountain peaks
Climb hundreds of technical ascents on solid, high-quality rock
Ascend two of the legendary 50 Classic Climbs of North America
Head for the Wind River Mountains and experience some of the best alpine rock and ice climbing in the United States! Enjoy a scenic hike to a tranquil campsite near the base of Haystack Mountain, which will be your base camp for the climbs to come. The mountain is an ideal location for multi-pitch climbing on clean granite in a spectacular wilderness setting. Spend your days traversing the beautiful routes and summits of peaks such as Sundance Pinnacle, East Temple Peak, and Steeple Peak.
Start with a pleasant 5.5-mile hike from the Big Sandy trailhead and reach Big Sandy Lake. From there you will head south for the Deep Lake area near Haystack Mountain, where the trails will steepen en route to a campsite near the treeline. The following days will be spent ascending peaks and climbing the routes on and near Haystack Mountain. With the vast variety of routes available, your guide will help you choose climbs appropriate for your skill level. Spend your off-time fishing and hiking Wind River’s numerous lakes and hiking trails.
Looking to up your climbing game even more, or do you just want to experience some of the finest wilderness rock climbing in Wyoming? Whatever the case, this camping tour in the Cirque of the Towers is for you. Here you will find the largest concentration of high-quality climbing routes in the Wind Rivers, with two of the legendary 50 Classics in North America: the East Ridge of Wolf’s Head and the Northeast Face of Pingora. Camp near the alluring Lonesome Lake and conquer some iconic routes with an expert local guide by your side.
After a mild 5.5-mile hike from the Big Sandy trailhead, turn north at Big Sandy Lake and travel three miles to the Cirque of the Towers, camping in the Lonesome Lake area. The following days will be spent climbing Cirque of the Towers’ first-rate routes. An expert guide will help you choose your climbs based on your goals and previous climbing experience.
My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding. Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing. The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with have been top-notch.
Joe and I wanted to again say thanks for an awesome trip. We were put at ease the second we walked into the guide shop on Monday night for a gear check. I would absolutely recommend JHMG to anyone who asks. Every single guide we met was approachable, professional, and fun to be around, making for a great time. I sincerely hope that our paths cross again sometime.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Wind River, Wyoming, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health’s official COVID-19 update website.
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Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength, but this 5-day climbing camp is best suited for intermediate rock climbers. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
These trips are for rock climbers with intermediate rock climbing experience. Good physical fitness is required to be active all day, for multiple days in a row, in the mountains. You must be comfortable at heights on multi-pitch routes with long continuous exposure.
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
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Group sizes and prices:
Climbing days in Wind River can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
The simplest way to reach Wind River Range is by getting to Jackson first. Reach Jackson by taking a flight to Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you are a 4-5 hour drive away to Jackson, WY, depending on the weather conditions. Renting a car is recommended, but air travel options to Jackson Hole Airport are also available.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Jackson or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.