Vedauwoo Dome (pronounced “vee-duh-voo”) is to the left of the trail to Checkerboard Wall. It is an ill-defined dome, broken up into several short faces and large boulders. It affords excellent views of Checkerboard Wall but in itself is not much of a destination... yet. With a little development, this dome can offer some short approaches to a number of short routes of varying difficulties. Currently no trail exists, but the scramble up to it isn't that difficult. This dome offers the potential for a good short cragging experience that Checkerboard Wall doesn't offer.
Same parking and start of approach as Checkerboard Wall. Leave the trail in the shallow saddle to the left of the first small hill and head left. Traverse to the ill-defined gully to the right of the dome, then head up it. A non-technical way to the top of the dome can be reached by going around the rocky core of it to the right until you reach the southwest side.
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Poutine 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a NM
: Las Cruces Area Climbing
: ... : Vedauwoo Dome
A short chimney offwidth that is surprisingly tricky. The crux is the bouldery start, which is a chimney/offwidth. depending on your climbing style, you will either hate it or love it. Probably you will hate it, as the start cannot be protected without a big cam (#4 camelot?) and it has a poor landing if you don't have pro. Now that you're thoroughly discouraged from trying the route, know that with some creative chimney technique, the start actually feels safe, and that once above the cru...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: Vedauwoo Dome as seen from the West parking area.
|Comments on Vedauwoo Dome
|By Aaron Hobson|
From: Las Cruces, NM
Apr 24, 2007
This dome did not have a name as far as Charlie and I could determine. Charlie opted to dub it "Vedauwoo Dome" for the two large-cracks we climbed which reminded him of the northern climbing area. If anyone has information, please speak up.