For the past 25 years, the sleepy town of Lander, Wyoming has hosted the International Climbers' Festival, a four-day event that brings climbers together to celebrate our community. The festivities include everything from clinics to pull up competitions, with parties carrying on long into the night.
Photo Gallery: The 2018 International Climbers Festival in Lander, Wyoming
This year's event began on July 11, when climbers descended on Wild Iris looking to get their fill of limestone pockets. The long summer days stretched on, as festival goers participated in clinics on redpointing, onsighting, and efficiency, among other things. Back in town, an art walk on Main Street featured handmade jewelry and skulls made from climbing rope. At the end of the street stands the Lander Bar, where everyone convened at the end of the night. Cowboys and climbers alike piled in to grab a pint and watch the fun. There was a pull-up competition, a lip-sync battle between the locals and visiting pros, and then a bluegrass band played until the early morning hours.
With some nursing hangovers, the climbing began again each morning at Wild Iris. Afterwards, the city park featured vendors and games, and some brave souls competed in the dyno competition. The final full day of the fest included talks from people like Nina Williams, Peter Croft, and Angie Payne. Each gave a unique perspective on their relationship with climbing and how it had impacted their lives.
Supported by a small rural community in Wyoming, climbers have had the opportunity to gather together and share their love for our sport. After 25 years the International Climbers' Festival is going stronger than ever.