Astroman of the Winds


Anderson said the link-up of the three 5.10 and 5.11 pitches of Canus with Great White Buffalo’s three 5.11 and 5.12 pitches is the “Astroman of the Winds…with an Enduro-like corner, a tough squeeze offwidth pitch, a really hard boulder pitch (that can be aided/pendulumed through), and some other fine jam cracks up high.” He added that “a wire brush might be recommended as gear for the first two pitches until they get climbed a little more.”

Anderson enjoyed a couple of marathon days in the Winds this summer, setting the fastest known times for the 18-mile ascent of 13,804-foot Gannet Peak, Wyoming’s highest summit (8 hours 20 minutes), and for the Cirque of the Towers Traverse (13 hours 25 minutes), which involves 16 miles of trail and four miles of third- to fifth-class soloing over a dozen or so summits. Both times are about 90 minutes faster than previous known speeds.Comment on this story