We wrapped up our six months of south-of-the-border travel this year at the 24th International Climbers Festival in Lander, Wyoming! We’d heard many people say that the ICF is one of the best festival events in climbing – we can happily say it did not disappoint!
Kim was signed up as a volunteer for the fest, which was a really great way to experience it and be part of the community. It was our first time in Lander and we only had 5 days, so we did our best to squeeze as MUCH as we could into our time. We spent time with old friends, met many new friends, climbed three days in Wild Iris, consumed many beers, went to as many events as possible, and overall had a fantastic time.
The climbing at Wild Iris was awesome! The dolomite limestone offers high quality stone characterized by pockets and edges, with routes that are short and stout. It was a burly shift away from the weeks we’d spent in Ten Sleep, but we welcomed the change!
The festival itself was super fun. A great community of climbers joined together for clinics and workshops, music and dancing at the local bar, vendor fairs with games and prizes, delicious food, an art crawl in the street, speakers, competitions and much, much more. You can learn all about what the ICF has to offer here.
Crossing our fingers that we can make it back for the 25th annual celebration next year!!
That warm evening light. @kimstagraham.mcg (Kim and Graham) and @lizpecknold hiking down from the Erratic wall after a full day of climbing at Wild Iris, WY. I'm back in AZ now after spending some quality time with some quality people in the Cowboy State. I made some new friends, reconnected with some old ones, had an introduction to the fine sport climbing at Ten Sleep and Wild Iris, and saw my first International Climbers Fest in Lander. Overall, it was an outstanding trip and I can't wait to go back. Humbled and grateful for this life of mine. #internationalclimbersfestival #wildiris #wyomingclimbing #sportclimbing #aacgram #liveclimbrepeat #climbmoja #natureandshit #oxfordcomma