Climbers Grace Templeton, Ty Vineyard and Paul Kang scope routes on Squaretop Boulder near Lander. Wyoming's wide- open spaces could be a draw for some young people looking to escape cities amid the pandemic. (Tucker Finerty/

Snow squalls may have kept many Wyoming residents indoors this spring, but in central Wyoming’s Sinks Canyon — where south-facing rock walls create favorable year-round conditions — climbers continued to clamber up the cliffs. 

Here, climbers Grace Templeton, Ty Vineyard and Paul Kang scope routes on Squaretop Boulder in mid-March. Sinks Canyon, located about eight miles southwest of Lander, is ringed with limestone and granite cliffs and scattered with boulders of all sizes, making it a magnet for climbers. 

Recent balmier weather is no doubt drawing many other Wyoming residents out as well, either to hike, fish, garden or just savor the feeling of sunshine on their skin again.  

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Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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