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Texas Rock Climbing Message Board › Vedauwoo, WY Last Two Weeks of Aug. 2013

Vedauwoo, WY Last Two Weeks of Aug. 2013

James C.
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Austin, TX
Post #: 2
I went to Laramie last August and spent a couple of days scrambling/bouldering/climbing at Vedauwoo. I'm planning on going back again this year and looking to see if there are any other interested parties. If you have experience/suggestions about the area I'd like to hear about that as well. I spent my time at Nautilus, Holdout, MRC, and Turtle Rock. It's not clear if they will hold the Vertical Dance this year yet.
James C.
user 21885631
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
The University of Wyoming will be putting on the Vertical Dance this year, the weekend of Aug. 24-25, 2014.

What is a vertical dance you say? Ballet on rock...

James C.
user 21885631
Austin, TX
Post #: 5
Because I am an event leader for Sierra Club here in Austin I've managed to arrange some support from the Sierra Club in Laramie. We're currently discussing a bar-b-que and some hiking events to go along with the Vertical Dance on the 24th and 25th.
James C.
user 21885631
Austin, TX
Post #: 10
"Do the Voo w/ Sierra Club & More!" - Vedauwoo, WY Aug. 23 through Aug. 29, 2013

"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.

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. You'll want leave Austin as early as possible and there will be one stop in Denver if you plan carefully. If you're careful and lucky the flight can take as little as four hours from Austin to Laramie, the flight from Laramie through Denver and back to Austin takes longer in my experience just due to the way connections work. The usual flight into Laramie is on a Beechcraft 1900D 19 seat twin turbo prop which is small, loud (bring ear plugs), and bounces around a lot! If you're only experience is big aircraft this is definitely a treat. I usually stay at the Snowy Range Inn (Rodeway) because it's simple, reasonable price, and I like the location for exploring Laramie on foot, I've never needed a car except to get to the Voo. Laramie has a population of approx. 30,000 and it's definitely walkable.

The weather is more like Oct. and Nov. in Austin, low in the 50's and high maybe 80. Bring boots and clothing suitable for October and maybe early November in Austin - definitely a jacket for evenings. Usually it's sunny with little rain, but there are a lot of fronts coming through. The other things to keep in mind is that you're at 7,000 feet. A big difference from our 600 here in Austin, I find that if I can run 3 plus miles here without an issue then I'm fine there for any serious exertion. The cost of living in Laramie isn't a great deal different than Austin so you won't see sticker shock like some other places you may visit.

Timeline -

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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