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This is a lovely little crag relatively stacked with good cracks. Lots of them are fatties, but there are a couple of great thin cracks here too. Not too many people come here due to the long vague approach, it's a pain to get to Gorilla Rock compared with just about everywhere else in Vedauwoo. Often regarded as a locals crag, pissed off locals please refer to Bob Scarpellis comments regarding who should be able to climb in the outlying areas of Vedauwoo contained in his 1987 guide to the outlying areas of Vedauwoo, The Cracksmen (rare book).
If approaching from the front of Reynolds Hill, continue to the left (west) around Reynolds Hill. Gorilla rock is the farthest hump west of Reynolds Hill and still more or less attached to it. As the trail wraps around and heads north, just after it passes north of the long arm of Gorilla Rock, you will see a large distinct freestanding swoopy boulder a little off the trail to the right. Walk toward this and look around for the trail that sprouts up somewhere around here. Follow this spotty trail into the thick forest, looking up the thickly forested hill to the right to get infrequent glimpses of Gorilla Rock. When you think you can see it, start bushwacking up this hill to get to Gorilla rock. No real path exists here, find your own way and don't abuse the landscape! Once at Gorilla rock you will encounter two alcoves side by side, containing several cracks each, and guarded by huge boulders.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gorilla Rock:
Slash 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Gash 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Bad Girls Do 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Gloria 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Bad Girls Dream 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 60'
Still a Gorilla 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 40'
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Still a Gorilla 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a WY : Vedauwoo : Gorilla Rock
Sandbag. Beautiful route. Goes up a thin crack for about twenty feet, traverses right ten feet, then fires out a five foot roof, ending shortly thereafter.I was once asking Bob for thin crack recommendations, and He told me about this thing. "5.11+ BWA HA HA! THATS A GOOD THIN CRACK! BWA HA HA! ONLY ME, SUZUKI, AND PETRO HAVE EVER DONE IT, BWA HA HA! GO DO THAT ONE, BWA HA HA! Bob only ever sandbags you to get you to go do something, he never really means any harm. He just wants people t...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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