Elevation: 7,915 ft
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Sep 8, 2005 with improvements by Skip Harper
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki, Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg
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Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

Spelunk Spire is one of the overlooked backwoods crags behind Reynolds Hill. Spelunk Spire hosts a variety of shorter pitches, from the spiral ... scramble to stiff stout cracks which barely accept digits.

Per Skip Harper: this rather extensive formation was known in the climbing community at least as far back as Jim Halfpenny's "A Climber's Guide to Southeastern Wyoming" (1975). It is actually visible from almost any high point in Vedauwoo, appearing to be a part of Reynolds Complex when viewed from Central Vedauwoo. However it's east across a valley from Reynolds. The 'spire' was first summited by negotiating the 'backside" (southern exposure) full of small caves, jumbled rocks, and declivities', and a 'register' was placed on top. The remainder of the formation extends from here as a southwesterly, declining shoulder/wall which terminates in several hundred yards at or near the well-known climb 'Old Dog's New Trick'. Some climbs were first done on aid, remnants of which can be found if you look close enough; however, none had names that were recorded or persisted. Later, several lines were freed and named along the southwest wall lower in the valley including Wrist Ranger and Paper Training. Just who coined the name of the crag has been lost in time, as have many crags and climbs of similar circumstance. It was NOT named for the climb 'Spelunk Spiral', an easy line of least resistance to the top first recorded in "Heel and Toe: The Climbs of Greater Vedauwoo" (Harper and Kelman, 1994).

Getting There

Begin your approach as for Reynold's Hill, by crossing the creek. Head right paralleling the creek, but crossing high ground above the creek, before descending near the creek bed willows. After passing distinct views of Old Devil's Playground across the creek to the right, including the arch of the distinctive Muscle and Fitness, look for a very faint path heading up and left through a small open rising field and then sparse trees. The trail quickly becomes distinct. After several hundred yards, Spelunk Spire will come into view across a meadow.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Spelunk Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Grand Central Station
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a V3- 6A
 15
Old Dogs New Trick
Trad, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grand Central Station
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Old Dogs New Trick
 15
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a V3- 6A Trad, Boulder
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