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