V E D A U W O O
Climbing can be important for anyone. It teaches you to concentrate, how to reach a goal, and
it will most likely change your perspective, not only of yourself but of the world.
People are too used to living in the horizontal plane.
( Catherine Destivelle )
During Precambrian times, the aging and shrinking earth developed a "wrinkle". This wrinkle trended in a southwesterly direction from eastern Wyoming into northern Colorado. Along it's path, about 20 miles east of Laramie (WY), natural forces conspired to sculpt its coarse grained mixture into a collection of strange and bewildering shapes over the next several millennia. At an altitude of 8,000 feet, Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-da-voo), aka “Land of the Earthborn Spirit”, is a secluded rocky oasis filled with dense pine forests and groves of aspen trees. It is surrounded by a seemingly endless expanse of high plains and lies under a dome of intense cerulean blue sky. Views from the tops of the crags are stunning, and one can see from Wyoming’s ragged mountains clear down the Continental Divide to Long’s Peak, some 75 miles south in Colorado. A multitude of free-ranging animal species are commonly found here, including many smaller mammals as well as antelope, deer, moose, cattle, climbers and an occasional black bear or cougar. Vedauwoo also has a captivating history that is worth reading about.
Today, modern adventurers come here to recreate and especially climb within a setting of alien rock formations and scenic valleys found only at Vedauwoo. This is Wyoming 'high country' (8,000'+) and wind is ever present, whether just a light breeze prowling through the aspen groves or near hurricane force gales. Storms of near bestial proportions are spawned in the Snowy Range about 50 miles to the west and many times descend unannounced upon the valleys of Vedauwoo. Should you decide to visit, you might want to check the weather prior to coming, especially in the early spring or late fall. There is a live cam near Vedauwoo, another south of Cheyenne (if you're coming up from the south, live cam2). In fact, no matter what the conditions or season, come prepared for change. It can occur in an instant! So whatever you decide to do here, from aggressive sports like climbing or trail running, to more quiescent activities like attending the Vertical Dance Festival, camping or hiking around the back country, the promise is one of a unique and unforgettable experience.
( *SORRY, WE'RE RENOVATING A LITTLE RIGHT NOW .... MISTAKES WILL BE CORRECTED SOON. )
* * * PLEASE NOTE:
While some VEDAUWOO content has been retained
on this website,
much more detail, especially climbing, can be found
on a companion site ...
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