[This is part of my vanlife series. I've spent 7 months and 25kmiles on the road in 2 years, exploring and rock climbing around the US]
Our 2 days in Ten Sleep go down in the memory books as one of the most awesome trips we've had for weather, climbing, people, and location. It's one of those magical places like Squamish that I love for the place just as much as for the climbing itself.
Ten Sleep is a really small town of 260 people but has a really rad brewery, run by a family with climbers in mind, where you can camp for $3/night and shower for $2. Again we were late in the season and saw only 8 other climbers but temperatures were still in the 60s (sidenote: it's been weird to want warmer temps for sport climbing than bouldering!)
Gorgeous location for the brewery. Family house upper left, brewery in barn, and camping anywhere in field. You can imagine how happy Jeremy was to grab a pint(s) and head to the van (van to right under tree):
The brewery is a cozy 30'x30' area where Jeremy made quick friends with everyone and everything:
Local band one night:
Morning sights from camping outside the brewery:
Driving through Ten Sleep canyon. Miles of rock!
View from Dry Wall area:
We met up with two awesome guys from Minnesota who've been on the road for 8 months, climbing to enjoy. It was a really great to spend time with folks who truly were out to have fun on each route they got on and who had similar perspectives on life. I let go of (or totally forgot?) the send-send-climb-hard attitude and truly relaxed, enjoyed the movement, and had fun (when I wasn't terrified of falling). But I led my first route outdoors!
Beer Bong route in Dream Land area, super fun. We only got a little pumped timing the shot!
We headed to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky next, where we met up with old friends from the Bay area, who happen to be mutual friends with the guys from Ten Sleep. Such is the climbing world. Post-Red climbing, we may meet up with them in Wisconsin for more climbing!
[We loved Ten Sleep so much that we went back the next year and stayed for almost 3 weeks! See more photos of climbing in this article!]