Reynolds Hill is a great place not too far from Central Vedauwoo, and it isn't nearly as crowded. This has got to be one of the prettiest areas at Vedauwoo - not nearly as much highway noise, stands of aspen trees, and quiet meadows for lounging at the base.
There are a ton of routes here in all ranges of difficulty. Classics would include Moors Crossing at 5.6, or the stellar cracks in the Climb and Punishment alcove. Most of the routes are cracksb(like everywhere at Vedauwoo), but some have a bit of face climbing, too.
Drive about 2.5 miles past the main Vedauwoo turnoff to Road 700D. Turn left, and shortly after park at the locked gate. Hike to the junction with 700CD, where you turn right. Walk down the old road to the stream, and pick up a decent trail which heads towards the rock. The hike takes about 30 minutes, and is very pleasant.
Apparently there wasn't a locked gate on the road when the Vedauwoo guide was published, so the description here is a bit different than the guide.
From John Marsella:
A. Spatial Relations, 13- , 2p, 60', gear. Starts above ground.
B. Pooh Corner, 10-, 1p, gear.
C. Hug Jombo, 11-, 1p, 35', gear.
D. Howling, 11, 1p, gear.
E. Black Starr Chimney, 5, 1p, 40', gear.
F. Serpentine, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
G. Robert's Rectification, 9+, 1p, 70', gear. Starts above ground.
H. Hesitation, 8, 1p, gear. Starts above ground.
I. Klink, 10-, 3p, 150', gear.
J. Unknown left of Maiden, 6, 1p, 50', TR or gear.
K. Maiden, 6, 1p, 30', gear.
L. Matron, 8, 1p, 40', gear.
Upper Tier - Left Side
M. Like Fun, 6, 1p, gear.
N. More Fun, 6, 1p, gear.
O. Cosmic Debris, 8+, 1p, 100', gear.
P. Labyrinth, 9, 1p, gear.
Q. Connecticut Yankee, 10, 1p, 60', gear.
R. Glenda's Chimney, 5, 1p, 70', gear.
S. Fat Man's Demise, 7, 1p, 70', gear.
T. Finger Grinder, 9, 1p, 90', gear.
Upper Tier Crime and Punishment alcove
U. Climb and Punishment, 9+, 1p, 80', gear.
U2. Climbs of Passion Exit, 11, 1p, 70', gear.
V. Penis Dimension, 10, 1p, gear.
W. Hung Like a Horse, 11-, 1p, gear.
X. I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia, 12, 1p, 80', gear.
Y. Coffee Grinder, 9, 2p, 200', gear.
Z. Ain't Crack, 8, 1p, gear.
AA. Guidebook Dilemma, 9, 1p, gear.
BB. Bad Man with a Devil's Hand, 10, 3p, 350', bolts & gear.
CC. Moor's Crossing, 7, 3p, 250', gear.
DD. Nexus, 7, 1p, gear.
EE. Barf Bucket Traverse, 6, gear.
FF. Horror Show, 9, 1p, gear.
GG. Tombstone Crack, 8, 2p, 250', gear.
HH. Bloodletting, 11+, 1p, 50', gear.
33 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Reynolds Hill:
Maiden 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Labyrinth 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Klink 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 150'
Featured Route For Reynolds Hill
I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b WY
: Reynolds Hill
I yarded off a huge "timebomb" flake that, for years, was used as a killer rest stance just before the crux. The flake was easily removed with a light pull while being lowered. I felt it move substantialy when I first stood on it. Without the flake, the route felt more sustained on toprope.... So, if you want to "feel" like you're doing a "first", get after it. Bring a drill and update the anchor while you're at it.This is an awesome line, but it is not the best rock Vedauwoo has to offer. Hollo...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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BETA PHOTO: Penis Dimension and Climb & Punishment are in the ...
It doesn't get much better that this.
BETA PHOTO: Reynold's Complex.
|By Mary Harlan|
From: Aspen, CO
May 28, 2004
This is one of the most beautiful areas of Vedauwoo. If this place were named "Yosemite," everyone would be here! There are some really classic lines on Climb and Punishment, and Gorilla Rock has some superb established climbs, and some lines are too good to miss whether they are in the book or not. Very isolated area, quiet, and away from the crowds.
|By Brian Scoggins|
From: Eugene, OR
Aug 5, 2005
This area doesn't see nearly enough traffic as the climbing deserves. That said, it also has the lowest quality rock of any of the areas in Vedauwoo (Roof Ranch seems to have the best). Bring a helmet and be ready for small to large rock fall. Nexus and Moor Crossing both start in a particularly grainy chimney.
|By Wade Griffith|
Jan 15, 2006
While it is always a pretty good idea to wear a helmet, I think the previous comment is a bit exaggerated. I've climbed at Reynold's extensively and have never had any problems with rockfall. I think the rock out there is actually quite good and sports some cool knobby crystal face climbing on routes such as Achille's Last Stand (AKA Ain't Crack Headwall) and Bad Man with a Devil's Hand.
|By Brian Scoggins|
From: Eugene, OR
Jul 28, 2008
Does anybody have any info on the crack just left of Pooh Corner? It tackles at least a pair of roofs in a corner. Looks rad, hands down to fingers and then back up to hands it looks like.
|By kevin fox|
Sep 2, 2008
Great route. Had an interesting experience with some Euros (the wife more so). They started out on the trail before we did, but ended up passing them on the trek out to Reynolds Hill. It was a family of four (no big deal), the plan was to go do Climb and Punishment. As I was a quarter of the way up the route I heard the women's voice from behind me. Sounded from her conversation with my belayer that they had planned on getting on the route. Oh well, should have started earlier. Anyway, as I was climbing, I heard her say that she didn't like dogs (brought my dog with me to the crag), so Kelley tried to reassure her that we would accommodate her and tie him up when I got down from climbing. Remind you that we were the first at the base of the climb. Not to say that we had rights and she didn't, but there definitely needs to be a little give and take. Throughout the climb other small things were going on. They forgot their guidebook and without even asking, picked up mine. At least they could've asked. Once I finished up the route some how I got into a conversation about the routes that were next to C and P. I told her that Penis Dimension shared the same anchors. She argued with me and said absolutely not. And that the route could not be it. And that the route furthest to the right was PD. I proceeded to show her the mp.com pages that stated the two routes shared the same anchors. To no avail, still arguing that I was wrong.
Now because of her tone with me, not friendly, I was determined to show her and proceeded to find a pic in the guidebook of someone on the route furthest on the right that was called Hung Like a Horse 11a. After showing her the pick still wouldn't believe me.
Cool, I can deal.
So they decide to climb Finger Grinder, while Kelley cleaned the climb. The husband seemed pretty passive and a nice guy that didn't say much. After he lead the climb, his wife started to argue with him, and this proceeded to go on the whole time while we were climbing. Talk about making everyone feel uncomfortable.
After Kelley came down from climbing C and P and we were packing up to leave (weather blew in), Kelley caught one her children throwing rocks at my dog who was laying passively laying under a rock out of the sun. Kelley spoke up and told the child to stop. Catching the wife's attention and then she proceeded to say something. Had she not been arguing with her husband and watching what her kids were doing, everything would've been cool.
Now, this women was a very thick woman, not to say that she can't climb, but the barrage of insults and the arguing with her husband who was on the sharp end setting up there top rope, I would've have handed her the rack and said if you can do better get her done. Even after Kelley and I left the crag and were down by the beaver ponds we could here her still belittling her husband. All I can say is that man is a saint for putting up with her shit.