Death Canyon: (when avalanche danger is low)
Directions: Fr Moose, ride about three miles South on NPS rd to the Death Canyon Trailhead, then ski about one hour further up canyon. References: R 19(5/87)-26, Guidebook(s): Ortenburger, Bonney's Guide to the Wyoming Mountains and Wilderness Areas, Rossiter
Teton Canyon: This area is on the west side of the Tetons, and can be accessed by car in early season. After snowfall blocks the road, it is preferable to ski, or snowmobile, along the flat road. Directions: From downtown Driggs, ID, go East on Line (?) road towards Targhee Ski Resort. Forest Service signs mark the Canyon entrance with references to Treasure Mountain Boyscout Camp and Teton Canyon Campground.
Lake Louise Area: This is one of the prime locales for ice climbing in Northwest Wyoming. There are at least four superb routes offering multiple pitches of moderate to difficult ice. About three hours of driving is required to reach the trailhead from Jackson. The area is in a rain shadow, so there is little snow, and the climbs themselves are accessed on foot. From route 287, it is about 9.5 miles on an improved dirt road past Ring Lake to the Glacier Trail trail-head. Follow the Glacier Trail from the trailhead until it meets the Lake Louise trail. (This is next to a creek. There is a top-rope ice-climb visible from the bridge that the Glacier Trail crosses). The Lake Louise trail parallels the creek. Approach time to Lake Louise is about 1.5-2 hours. The Golden Tear is visible on sections of the approach drive and hike. Lake Louise Ice Gully is visible from the lake itself, and is East of Golden Tear.
Cody Area: This is possibly Wyoming`s best ice area. The South Fork of Shoshone Canyon
near Cody offers dozens of opportunities for ice climbing at all difficulties. Directions:
From Cody, drive 35 miles southwest on South Fork Road into the Shoshone Canyon. Many of
the climbs are visible from the road, and follow drainages to provide multi-pitch
adventures. Todd Cozzens has authored a guidebook available in Cody at Sunlight Sports
(307)587-9517, or Foote Mountaineering (307)527-9937 that will help in identifying routes and descents.
(Either of these fine shops will mail a guide to you if you call).
Kenny and Carrie Gasch are running
Bison Willy's Bunkhouse
which provides accomodation right in the river valley for a fair price.
Most likely, they'll give you the latest conditions if you call.
(Note: South Fork iceclimbs are typically stout for their grade, and the approaches and descents can be time consuming). A few highly recommended routes are (there are over fifty established climbs):
Wind River Canyon. Several good 1 pitch iceclimbs are easily accessed from the highway between Thermopolis and Shoshoni on US Hwy20. However, they are located on Reservation property.
Directions: off of route 16 between Worland and Buffalo. Other ice-climbs are in this canyon, but form more rarely.