This is one of my favorite trips of the year. There's no rush to finish my cup of coffee, a little bit of fly fishing, climbing, and then Fourth of July festivities. If only I could live like this everyday.
We made the trip with our van, Juno. Still bare inside expect for the insulation we installed this week. We did the after work push, leaving us in exhausted right in Buffalo. We found a spot to sleep and woke up to finish the 45 minute drive to Ten Sleep and see our first moose. Finally!
With the Fourth being on Monday, the town was a party on Saturday and Sunday. The best way to find out what's going on, visit the Bighorn Climber's Coalition and Ten Sleep Brewery website or find a flyer in the shops.
The Bighorn Climber's Coalition hosts their annual Climber's Festival and it's growing each year. You can test our your rodeo clip skills, your belaytionship, how fast can you pack a rope, do most pull-ups, strike a yoga pose, enjoy music by Jalan Crossland, and enjoy fireworks going off all night long. Along with the Climber's Festival, you have to check out the rodeo, the parade, the street dance, get ice cream at Dirty Sally's, shaved ice, and drink few beers at Ten Sleep Brewery.
Oh and did you know that there is amazing climbing out here? Mostly vertical to slightly overhung limestone and so much of it. Even on the busiest weekend of the year, there are classics to get on. Some of our favorites are Wagon Wheel of Death, Da Illa Pilla, EKV, Hellion, Captain Insano, and Left Shinto. This a only a short list of what's out there.
Then comes outdoor cooking. Our first Climber's Festival we whipped up an Upside Pineapple Cake for the potluck. So yummy. Then came pizza, brownies, popcorn, and cobbler. A new one that we have to add to cookbook, our friend Brandon cooked up Mac n Cheese with brocolli, kale, and SPAM.
Till next year.