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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
The International Climbers Festival banner welcomes climbers and festival goers to downtown Lander and the historic Lander bar, where many of the events took place.
A dyno comp competitor launches for the finish hold in front of the Climbers Festival crowd.
The Training Beta crew teaches redpointing essentials during their clinic at Wild Iris.
All smiles after sending the route of the day during the redpointing clinic.
Nina Williams signs a helmet for a fan before her keynote speech.
A climber takes a fall at Main Wall, Wild Iris during a clinic about pushing limits on flash attempts, taught by Jon Cardwell.
Climbing rope art for sale during the Main Street art walk in downtown Lander during the festival.
The annual pull-up contest at the Lander Bar did not disappoint, with the crowd cheering on every rep.
The WyoClimbers team gives out awards and thanks everyone for all their hard work during the 25th annual International Climbers Festival.
Footloose and fancy free, Dru Mack sneaks a grin between bolts.
Zach Snavely takes a lap on Wind and Rattlesnakes (5.12a), a Wild Iris classic.
Black Diamond athletes show why they are professional climbers and not dancers at the Black Diamond “Big Enchilada” lip sync contest.
WyoClimb board members show the crowd how to break it down during the lip sync contest
Sam Elias shows his 5.12 and Beyond class exactly what that entails.
Bryce, a crowd favorite, keeps his eyes on the prize during the youth dyno comp.
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.