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The story of Wild Iris Mountain Sports birth and life in this sleepy western town, Lander, Wyoming. Todd Skinner and friends along with Greg Collins and friends helped put Lander Wyoming on the map of climbers all over the world. It was from this development, that Wild Iris Mountain Sports and the International Climbers' Festival came to life here in Lander. For all your backpacking, camping, climbing and hiking supplies, as well as excellent local and regional information, Wild Iris Mountain Sports has what you need.

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Story


The story of Wild Iris Mountain Sports birth and life in this sleepy western town, Lander, Wyoming. Todd Skinner and friends along with Greg Collins and friends helped put Lander Wyoming on the map of climbers all over the world. It was from this development, that Wild Iris Mountain Sports and the International Climbers' Festival came to life here in Lander. For all your backpacking, camping, climbing and hiking supplies, as well as excellent local and regional information, Wild Iris Mountain Sports has what you need.

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Wild Iris Mountain Sports History

It all began in a small house on the corner of Third and Lincoln streets in Lander, selling primarily used climbing equipment. In late 1991, the store moved to a Main Street location four times the size of the original house. Over the following years, the store continued to grow forcing an eventual move in 1998 to a second Main Street location at 333 Main Street. In early 2013, Wild Iris Mountain Sports moved the store to a larger space at 166 Main Street, in order to support the community’s growing needs.

Since 1990, Wild Iris Mountain Sports has been proud to provide the best outdoor gear and local recreation information. Initially, the business ran with two major tenets in mind: to employ climbers and to provide a source of equipment for those climbers. While the company’s climbing roots drive their passion, the business has become much, much more. Wild Iris has grown to include a large selection of men’s and women’s apparel, camping equipment, footwear and, of course, climbing equipment.

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In more recent years, Wild Iris has reached out to the Lander community in significantly broader ways. Since its inception, Wild Iris has been a major sponsor of the International Climbers Festival, which draws people from all over the world to experience our beautiful climbing and outdoor opportunities. Wild Iris works annually with key vendors to bring the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Lander. The shop has partnered with the Wind River Alliance, the Wyoming Outdoor Council, the Lander Care and Share Food Bank and the Lander Pet Connection to create fundraising opportunities for these key organizations in a retail setting. Designed with the environment in mind, Wild Iris’ Refuse a Bag program donated $715 in 2012 to a variety of local organizations that were suggested by its customers. Wild Iris manages and conducts fundraisers for the Bolt Anchor Replacement Fund, whose purpose is to maintain safe climbing anchors at our local areas.

Wild Iris is more than just a climbing shop – they believe they can make a positive impact in our community through programs that give back while also supporting our local economy.

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Vision


Vision


Wild Iris Company Vision

Wild Iris Company Vision

Wild Iris Mountain Sports - Employing outdoor enthusiasts who lovingly and happily provide the best gear and knowledge for enjoying our local outdoor playground. Our Mission Statement is in the graphic.

We Go Explore, so we have firsthand knowledge of the playground that surrounds us using the gear we trust enough to proudly carry here at Wild Iris Mountain Sports.

We Share Our Experience,with you. The products we sell to you are products we use ourselves, so we can relate to you what works best for your adventure.

We Live The Dream by choosing to work at Wild Iris Mountain Sports, we have the privilege to work in an environment that is directly related to our love and respect for Lander's beauty and myriad recreational opportunities.

Repeat the cycle to prosper in life and business.


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People


THE WILD IRIS TEAM!

Wild Iris actively seeks to employ enthusiastic, outdoor individuals because we believe those who play outside lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. This translates to happier WIMS team members, and happier employees make customers happy. Beyond being happy and healthy, WIMS knows those that get outside and play have first-hand knowledge of our great outdoor playground, and we are here to impart some of this knowledge to you!

If you are interested in joining the Wild Iris Team, please send a resume and cover letter to: MANAGER@WILDIRISCLIMBING.COM

People


THE WILD IRIS TEAM!

Wild Iris actively seeks to employ enthusiastic, outdoor individuals because we believe those who play outside lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. This translates to happier WIMS team members, and happier employees make customers happy. Beyond being happy and healthy, WIMS knows those that get outside and play have first-hand knowledge of our great outdoor playground, and we are here to impart some of this knowledge to you!

If you are interested in joining the Wild Iris Team, please send a resume and cover letter to: MANAGER@WILDIRISCLIMBING.COM

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MANAGING PARTNER

LEAD BUYER - Apparel and Related Accessories

Lander had a big pull for my husband Brian and myself in the mid to late 90’s, small town, amazing community, great year round climbing, access to the Wind Rivers. In 2000 Wild Iris Mountain Sports made it possible for my husband and I to relocate. The amazing community has grown, I still enjoy climbing and have a newer affinity for long day hikes into the Wind Rivers with Nel my always game 11# miniature poodle. #girlsbestfriend 😊 I consider myself one of the lucky ones and am incredibly grateful, I get to live in a great town, play in our beautiful backyard and work with an amazing team of folks at WIMS.

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Joan

MANAGER

BUYER - Footwear and Socks

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore of Maryland and spent my entire childhood on or in the water. In 2011 I made the decision to move to Wyoming for no other reason than I loved the state. I joined the Wild Iris family in the summer of 2013 and I am starting to think that I was meant to be more than just seasonal help. When I'm in the shop I can probably be found talking over a map or showing off my favorite pants. When I'm not in the shop, you have a good chance of finding me hiking, skiing, pretending to fish, or reading a book somewhere in the Wind River Range with my husband Austin and our dog Lucy. I am so proud to be a member of the Lander community and to be a part of the WIMS Fam sharing my experiences.

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BUYER - Climbing - Camping - Sunglasses - Books & Maps - Nutrition

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Wyoming born, I grew up in Cody. I was introduced to climbing my sophomore year of high school; since then, in some form or another, it has been a constant presence in my life. I spend my time developing new routes and boulders when I am not at the shop. I joined the Wild Iris team in March of 2012 and have enjoyed the experience and opportunity. I absolutely appreciate my co-workers and am happy being an integral part of this cornerstone business supported so greatly by the Lander community and beyond!

Libby

MARKETING

Originally from the Midwest, I'm proud to call Wyoming my home, and more specifically, Lander. I'm here to become a better climber, keep skiing, and spend as much time as I can in The Winds.

I hope to meet as many people as I can, here at Wild Iris, who share my passion for the outdoors!

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Mark

Mark has lived in Lander for 20 years, and has spent much of that time wandering around the mountains of Wyoming underneath an enormous pack. He prefers backpacking in the Absaroka Mountains to the Wind River Range (shhh...), and has recently discovered the distinct pleasures of exploring the Great Divide Basin by bicycle.

While roped up, Mark favors Wind River and Teton alpine routes, and Cody water ice. If forced to sport climb, he is partial to Fairfield Hill and the Aspen Grade Wall.

Mark is often joined on his adventures by his wife, Susannah Bletner, and their son, Reuben. Mark has an embarrassingly long work history- including librarian, trail crew grunt, registrar, bookseller, janitor, and teacher- and is delighted to be spending his semi- retirement with the wonderful Wild Iris community.

Hannah

In pursuit of a change in scenery and new adventures, Hannah recently relocated to Lander in August 2018 from Santa Fe, NM. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and loves to explore all the West has to offer. Hannah enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, downhill skiing, snow-shoeing, and anything else the outdoors has to offer. Being outdoors and submerged in nature is like therapy to Hannah and she needs it to maintain her sanity. When not at the shop, or exploring the outdoors, Hannah is a freelance interiors draftsperson and designer.

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Heather

I am originally from Colorado, but lived in Alaska for 10 years after graduating from University of Wyoming. While in Alaska my husband, Kevin, and I lived in Anchorage, Emmonak, a small Yupik Eskimo village, and Unalaska, out on the Aleutian Chain. I obtained my Master's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in School Counseling and have worked in education for twelve years. While in Alaska we enjoyed back-country skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and whale watching.

In 2015, we came back to Wyoming to settle in Lander closer to family. We enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, but most of all White Water Rafting. We raft as mush as possible, in Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah. Not only do I love being outdoors, I also love sports, especially baseball. I have a daughter, and 2 LARGE dogs who do everything with us.

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Asha

Hi, I'm Asha! I am a freshman at LVHS and play many sports including soccer, swimming, and track. I love trying new things and going on adventures. Being outside is one of my favorite things to do, and I love getting adrenaline rushes. I am very active and love traveling.

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Todd Skinner


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Todd Skinner


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Wild Iris Mountain Sports was started in 1990 by Amy and Todd Skinner with two major tenets in mind: to employ climbers and provide a source of equipment for those climbers. It quickly became a gathering place for locals and visitors seeking to enjoy the Wind River back country.

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Todd Skinner

Todd Skinner

Todd Skinner