Bouldering in Vedauwoo

September 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Just wanted to post a few pics from a pretty day of bouldering on Labor Day. Supposedly, it was the unofficial last day of summer. We decided to try something new. Rather than pack the rack and rope in the car, we grabbed our bouldering pads and headed to a remote area in Vedauwoo called Coyote Rocks.

Coyote Crack (5.14+), one of the hardest cracks in the US

This little island of rocks and woods sits on the extreme northwest edge of Vedauwoo. Yes, further north and further west than the Beehive Buttress. While there are a few interesting looking crack climbs in the area (notably Home on the Range 5.14-), most of the climbing in this area has been on tricky little boulders, scattered through the woods.

Mark pulls the mantle move on this fun V1

Mark and I spent our whole day in the midst of these beautiful trees and rocks, and never saw a single other person.

We attempted several fun problems, some with more success than others. Camp Trick (V2-) was our “warm-up.” We played around on this one for most of an hour, I think.

Our warmup for the day was surprisingly tough

A slab route just behind Camp Trick made for a fun little romp.

Already bleeding, two problems in to the day

We both enjoyed a lovely little finger crack (rated 5.9 in our book) in the shape of a Y.

Mark Goes Bouldering

Mark spent some time trying the start to Black Tea (V4), but only once or twice made it off the ground.

Mark working the start of a V4 in the quiet afternoon

Just as we went around to climb Dead Wood (V1), it started to rain. We napped under the overhanging boulder for half an hour or so, and then as the drizzle refused to let up, we hiked out.

Hanging out on our awesome Organic bouldering pad