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7-14-13 @1PM REI Gateway host "Do the Voo w/ Sierra Club & More!" - Vedauwoo, WY


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Title:[masked] @1PM REI Gateway host "Do the Voo w/ Sierra Club & More!" - Vedauwoo, WY Aug. 23 through Aug. 29, 2013 - Planning Meet

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.There will also be a planetarium visit and more hiking, bouldering, and climbing too!

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." (John Muir, 1911 - Sierra Club Founder)

Wyoming is a state blessed with a great dynamic of geology and ecology, a place you could spend your entire life and still find something new just around the bend. This adventure is to explore one small corner called Vedauwoo. A granite uplift that's over a billion years old and having been exposed to our experience for about 70 million. Included in this is the discovery of the people and the town they built, Laramie. Man has lived here for several thousands of years with the modern civilization making it's encroachment in the 1800's. When the Union Pacific was built through this area after the Civil War it was know as "Hell on Wheels" for good reason. Cattle, oil, and an ephemeral but recurring connection with Texas have all been dynamic parts of it's history.

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 (http://www.uwyo.edu/fineart_ticket/eventsticketed.aspx), a whopping $7.50 per person. If you have an interest in dance or rock climbing you might find this worth the effort (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bni9VJmWN8E).

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.

July 14,[masked]:00 - 14:30 CT

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9901 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy. Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78759
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