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Areas in Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity

Adam's Ribs 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Goldirocks 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Lower Blair I 19 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Lower Blair II 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Lower Blair III 30 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Miscellaneous Lower Blair routes / problems 4 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Vulture, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

This little visited area, West of "The Main Mobscene", harbors the 2 best moderate "sport bolted" faces at the "Woo" plus some awesome cracks, lots of trees, shade (and no people, shhhhh!).

Eds. Initially this was a combined area. With time, the MP.com community has indicated it would be more helpful to subdivide this area for easier use.

This area includes Lower Blair I, Lower Blair II, Lower Blair III, The Vulture, Goldirocks, and miscellaneous bits of rock nearby.

Thus, we reorganize!

Getting There

Follow the general directions to Vedauwoo from Cheyenne, but then turn South and then West on the South frontage road. Cross North under the Interstate on Blair Road and drive N on FS 705 to a picnic/parking area (FS 705e) just after crossing Crow Creek (~2.5 miles), it is a fee area. Closest to the parking to the Northeast are the Adam's Ribs. A well used mountain bike/horse trail leads east from the parking area and a few hundred yard east, turn North and head up to the main rock masses. "Heel and Toe" labels these as Blair III, II, and I heading West to East.

Per Skip Harper: you just can't miss Lower Blair. Driving down (basically east) Road #707 from the 'Blair Underpass', three closely situated monoliths begin appearing ahead of you. At first they seem rather unsubstantial against the background of the Sherman Mountains, but they continue to grow larger as you get closer. These are the Three Blairs (#s 1, 2, and 3) upon which most of the climbs are located and can be seen on the topo as well as in other photos. As you leave the parking lot and hike towards them, they simply continue to get even larger. By the time you are at their base, they are massive, an alluring feature that catches almost everyone by surprise. These formidable structures were named for Chuck Van Blair, one of many members of the University of Wyoming Outing Club who climbed to their summits in the mid 1900s. In fact, Blair himself is the namesake for the entire area known today as ... "Blair".

Because of the rather ordered nature of Lower Blair, it's not nearly as difficult to navigate as Upper Blair. Moreover, it is a fascinating place, generally so quiet the distant hum of traffic on I-80 seems intrusive. In counterpoint to the overbearing rock formations, it is highly forested, wildflowers bloom throughout the climbing season and the light fragrance of sage is pervasive, creating the illusion of a magical refuge. Within this context, it is surprisingly full of climbs for everyone. You will find daring runouts (Arete Already), exciting trads (A Thing of Beauty), huge flaring offwidths (The Putter), perfect hands (Le Petit Arbre) as well as challenging mixed (trad+sport) climbs (Deadman's Glove). There are fanatical contortions almost beyond imagination (The Wing) as well as some of the best climbs at the lower and intermediate grades found throughout Greater Vedauwoo.

There are several lesser formations closely associated with the 3 Blairs, Little Blair, Goldirocks, and Adam's Ribs. All formations are relatively linear and have a northeast to southwest bearing. Thus most have a 'southeast face' and a 'northwest face', although most simply refer to the north or south faces rather than adhering to the mind bending insistence of being exact.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
 8
Crack Named Sue
Trad, Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 96
Le Petit Arbre
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 68
Intimidation
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Jogging to Vedauwoo
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Bragging About Jesus
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 31
Penetration
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 44
Raised On Robbery
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
A Thing of Beauty
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Sketch Palsy
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Electric Gypsy Moth
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Hard to Believe
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 21
Medium Cool
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 35
Take 5
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V4 6B
 8
University of Mars
Trad, Boulder
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 10
Pretty Girls with Long Knives
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crack Named Sue Miscellaneous Lower B…
 8
V5 6C Trad, Boulder
Le Petit Arbre Lower Blair I
 96
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Intimidation Lower Blair III
 68
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Jogging to Vedauwoo Lower Blair III
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bragging About Jesus Lower Blair III
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Penetration Lower Blair III
 31
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Raised On Robbery Lower Blair I
 44
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
A Thing of Beauty Lower Blair II
 17
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Sketch Palsy Lower Blair III
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Electric Gypsy Moth Lower Blair I
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hard to Believe Lower Blair III
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Medium Cool Lower Blair II
 21
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Take 5 Lower Blair III
 35
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
University of Mars Miscellaneous Lower B…
 8
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V4 6B Trad, Boulder
Pretty Girls with Long Knives Lower Blair III
 10
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 2 pitches
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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
I think this area should be sub-divided per rock... Blair I, Blair II and Blair III. Does anyone with more area knowledge/experience have the motivation to do it? Jun 12, 2011
JNE
JNE  
A few years ago I offered to go through all of Vedauwoo and organize it into individual crags, but the admins never responded to my offer. Maybe I will get motivated to do that again someday... Jun 13, 2011
Ben Boykin
Cheyenne, WY
Ben Boykin   Cheyenne, WY
Route info: On Blair II, right of "Dead Man's Glove," & left of the Vulture, there is a slab with bolts leading toward an arete, probably 6 or 7 visible hangers. Seems to be solid 5.10. Name of route? Rating? Thanks! Aug 7, 2011
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
FWIW, I have responded to this offer to reorganize, but I never received a response from the email. Aug 7, 2011
JNE
JNE  
Lesson: When someone who knows what they are talking about makes an offer to help, don't turn them down and proceed to unnecessarily moderate their contributions, all the while letting and endless stream of much much MUCH worse BS spew forth from the accounts of numerous other users. I used to think this site was a wonderful resource that could be used with a great deal more integrity than, say, 8a.nu or rockclimbing.com. Unfortunately, due to repeated mishandling of situations over the years my faith in this site has been degraded. I will still use it to post info, but only because your competition is THAT much worse. Aug 8, 2011
JNE
JNE  
BTW, responding to the e-mail years after the fact, and then claiming that you adequately followed up...it's the kind of stuff I am talking about. I hereby nominate you for Congress. Aug 8, 2011
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Okay, we can't change the past, I don't remember your offer from years ago, some of the other things you cite involve a LOT more behind the scenes that you are aware, no claims of adequancy were made, and volunteer work can be thankless...shall we move forward and work positively?

Let's reorganize this section now. If you are interested, please email your ideas to leopaik@cs.com and we'll get this done. Aug 8, 2011

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