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@1PM REI Gateway host "Do the Voo w/ Sierra Club & More!" - Vedauwoo, WY

  • Jul 14, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • REI

Vedauwoo is part of the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest  and is named after the Arapho word for 'Earth Born' and is known for hiking, biking, bouldering, and off-width rock climbing. It's about midway, approx. 18-20 miles, between Laramie and Cheyenne right on I-80 and covers roughly 2.2 million acres. We're going to be exploring the city of Laramie and the Voo around MRC, Turtle Rock, and Nautilus. Among other things The Wyoming chapter of The Sierra Club will host us on the 24th and 25th to hike, a cookout, and to enjoy the University of Wyoming's rare Vertical Dance (ballet using rock climbing). We'll also be doing some activities with the Laramie hackerspace HackTheory during the rest of the week, we're trying our hand at a high altitude balloon mission.There will also be a planetarium visit and more hiking, bouldering, and climbing too!

The Vertical Dance began in 1998 and has been presented every few years since. The attendance has also steadily grown until there are several thousand people who show up to enjoy the festivities. You will need to get tickets ahead of time for the Vertical Dance (, a whopping $7.50 per person. If you have an interest in dance or rock climbing you might find this worth the effort (

Please note that travel and accommodations are not covered by the Sierra Club, myself, or HackTheory. If you have questions I'll be more than happy to give you my experience and suggestions on your options.

Aug. 23 - Arrive in Laramie and get together that evening for last minute planning.

Aug. 24 - Sierra Club hiking and cookout and experience the University of Wyomings take on ballet w/ the Vertical Dance.

Aug. 25 - A walking/bike tour of Laramie and learn about it's history and people and hopefully find a reason for you to keep coming back! Tour U of W including geology museum and planetarium.

Aug. 26/28 - This is a open period not affiliated w/ Sierra Club. We expect to be doing some hiking, bouldering, climbing, and attempt a high altitude balloon mission with HackTheory.

Aug. 29 - Return to Austin and it's heat.


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  • Niles S.

    Excellent presentation... There's lots of hiking and exploring to do in the area - will make an interesting trip... Airfares are now just over $300

    July 15, 2013

  • James C.

    A couple of possible Mon/Tue/Wed daytime activities:

    - Snowy Range Trip - About 40 mi. W of Laramie is the Snowy Range, hiking to 12,900 ft. is available.

    - Wyoming Infrared Observatory - About 25 miles SW of Laramie on Jelm Mt. (Note: There is an 11 mi. bike trail available here w/ 2,000 ft. elevation difference, 9,656 ft. peak)

    July 8, 2013

  • James C.

    You will want to get tickets for the afternoon Vertical Dance show on Saturday 8-24-13. The attendees from TX. have agreed to buy the drinks for the picnic w/ our WY buddies.

    July 8, 2013

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