Sam is fond of saying, "Wyoming is not just the best state to live in as a climber, but the best state to live in period. Sam took most of the pictures seen on this website. Many of them were used in his climbing guidebook to the Equality State.

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The Grand Teton looming over a small herd of bison.

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Killpecker Sand Dunes in the Red Desert of Wyoming. This is the second largest active dune field in the world.

Devils Tower in northeast Wyoming after an intense thunderstorm

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The Boars Tusk, a lacolithic spire of igneous rock, and the old Houghton Ranch

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The birthing rock. Hand prints are set amid petroglyphs at White Mountain in southwest Wyoming. One theory is the hand prints are from Shoshone women giving birth and digging into the soft stone.

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Looking down the Northeast Snowfields of Mount Owen, Teton Range.

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A small group of pronghorn along the east slope of the Wind River Range.

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Elk petroglyph at White Mountain.

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Bull elk running through the Red Desert of Wyoming.

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Red Canyon at the south en of the Wind River Valley.

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Crow Heart Butte.

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A lone wild mustang near South Pass, Wyoming.

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Sinks Canyon outside of Lander, Wyoming.

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The Sweetwater River meandering through Devil's Gate near the very center of Wyoming.

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The Becs in Tensleep Canyon.

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A shot from Little Piney Creek on the east side of the Bighorn Range

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Another shot from the east side of the Bighorn Range.

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Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park

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Taking to the air in the Granite Mountains of central Wyoming.

Wild horses just west of the Wind River Range

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Micah Rush in Fremont Canyon.

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The Tetons in winter.

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Climbers high on Lankin Dome

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Lankin Dome near the center of Wyoming

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Vedauwoo. Many Indian tribes considered it to be haunted.

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The Mandage on Edwards Crack, Vedauwoo, Wyoming

A herd of bison in front of Mount Moran, one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

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My Wife Liz in Grand Teton National Park.

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Climbing in sinks Canyon in mid winter. Wyoming can have warm days.

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A very difficult route in Sinks Canyon.

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Mike Lilygren on the southeast face of Devils Tower.

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Pingora in the Wind River Range.

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The Monolith Cirque in the Wind River Range.

The crux of Discovery, the Monolith, Wind River Range, Wyoming. photo by Shep Vail

The summit of Absaroka Spire in northwest Wyoming. photo by Shep Vail

2016 Sam Lightner, Jr. 

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Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park