Nate Fitch and Ron Funderburke
US Highway 16 enters Ten Sleep Canyon just 5 miles or so outside the small western town of Ten Sleep, before leading higher into the Bighorn Mountains. Climbers can’t help but notice the tiers of Bighorn Dolomite on either side of the highway, running almost non-stop all the way up to Meadowlark Lake at the top of the canyon. The rock is generally of pretty good quality and offers and abundance of features, with most being crimps and pockets. For the last 25+ years climbers have been playing in this canyon and there are now well over 1,000 sport climbs to enjoy, at a wide range of difficulty levels. Each year climbers from around the world visit the area and many of them return every season for the wonderful climbing that the canyon has to offer.