Wyoming Has a Rich History of Climbing
Devils Tower, The Tetons, Tensleep, Wild Iris, Fremont Canyon, Story, Cody, The Wind Rivers, The Bighorns, Fremont Canyon, Casper, Laramie, the list goes on. Wyoming is full of climbing. The geology and formations in our landscape have been luring adventurers towards summits for many years. Add to that the breath taking beauty of wide open vistas, incredible sunsets, a Wild West feel, and countless Pronghorn Antelope bounding across the plains and it becomes easy to understand why so many cant resist. We dont expect that to change any time soon.
Who could resist the Grand Teton? Or the Call of the big granite peaks of the Wind Rivers? The first recorded climb of the Grand Teton is purported to be 1872. Although not born here, Henry Gannett is the reason we have modern topographic maps, was one of the founders of the National Geographic Society, and has a famous WY peak named after him in honor of his work. Wyoming had an official climbing club as early as 1958.
The First Ascent of Devils Tower is reported to be completed by William Rogers and W.L. Ripley via a wooden ladder, July 4, 1893. First technical climbing ascent by Fritz Wiessner, Lawrence Coveney, and William P. House, June 28, 1937. Read more about it courtesy of ThoughtCo.
In 1956 the American Alpine Club and the Wyoming Mountaineers celebrated the 50th anniversary of Devils Tower as a National Monument by facilitating 81 ascents and demonstrating to the public that climbing can be done safely if you have the right knowledge and equipment. Read more about it courtesy of the American Alpine Club and journal entries from Walt Bailey.
Bighorns/Cloud Peak Wilderness
Walt Baily, founder of the Wyoming Mountaineers club was a professor at Casper college. You can access a record of his in-state and out of state adventures from the 1950s' here. Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Online Archive.
Wind River Range
Birth of Sport Climbing
Micah Rush. Climbing.com