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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 1991, 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


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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


PEOPLE

People


PEOPLE

Jennifer

MANAGING PARTNER

LEAD BUYER - Apparel and Related Accessories

After many years of road tripping to Lander for all of the amazing outdoor activities, around 16 years ago I found Wild Iris Mountain Sports and my opportunity to finally make a vacation destination, a home.

In addition to oversight of all things Wild Iris, I spend a large portion of my workdays, planning for and buying the apparel selection for the Wild Iris. I feel lucky to help outfit the Lander guys and gals in the most current outdoor fashions.

Outside of work I still rock climb when I can and think about it a lot when I can’t. Long hikes deep into Wind River Mountains with my pup Nel and hubby Brian are pretty darn awesome too.

Chris Wisniewski

BUYER - Footwear - Socks - Camping, Backpacking, Hiking, Hydration and Related Accessories

Libby

STORE MANAGER

BUYER - Apparel Accessories, Caps, Hats & Gloves

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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BUYER - Climbing Gear & Climbing Footwear - Sunglasses & Sunglasses Accessories - Books & Maps - Nutrition Bars & Drinks

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 enjoy developing new routes and boulders when I take the time. Road-tripping and living in a tent at climbing areas around the West were a prevalent part of my 20's. These trips were enjoyed with my original climbing friends and partners from our high school days. Many good stories can be recounted from those days, but i digress. At some point we all should grow up a little, so I enrolled in the Computer Networking program at Central Wyoming College, achieving my AAS in that program in May 2012. Two months prior to my graduation, I joined the Wild Iris team and have enjoyed the experience and opportunity. When I came on-board here at the shop I worked the sales floor, but given my penchant for all things computers, except printer installs, I was happy to accept positions in the back office. I am proud to be a part of this team, 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!

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Jake Dickerson

I grew up and went to college in Boulder, Colorado where I was able to spend most of my free time in the mountains, and climbing areas across the Western United States. I am an avid climber, but I also love trail running, flyfishing, and backpacking.

I have been coming to Lander for the past 5 years, and am so thrilled to be here on the Wild Iris team. I can't think of a better place to call home. The world class limestone, and the welcoming community make Lander a truly amazing town.

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Kelsey Ball

A Wyoming girl, Kelsey spent her youth helping her family out with a hobby-ranch property SE of Casper, WY. Her dad taught her about hunting, while her mom showed her fishing edible/medicinal plants. She took her formal education to WWU in Bellingham, WA where she learned to rock climb, mountaineer and ski in the peak packed setting of the North Cascades. Most importantly she earned her degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 

Post-grad, Kelsey purchased Pepper, the Red Truck and continued her education as she traveled solo; climbing, and exploring new communities. Her adventures took her all across the Western United states, down to South America and, two years later, to Lander, WY. 

Re-claimed by her home roots and upon realizing that all of her hobbies can be pursued in her WY back yard, she has stuck around Lander for over a year. 

As an Outdoor educator, Kelsey will enjoy talking to you about all things outdoors. Most excitedly, she will tell you what a great place Wyoming is and how happy she is to be home!

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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 

Click here to visit Todd Skinner's site

Todd Skinner Foundation

A Memorial Fund has been established for his wife and three young children. To donate please send contributions to:

Todd Skinner Memorial Fund Skinner Memorial Fund c/o Atlantic City Federal Credit Union 704 W. Main Street Lander, WY 82520 307-332-5151

 
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Todd Skinner