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Blair (overview) Rock Climbing 


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BETA PHOTO: BLAIR TOPO (roads, formations and major trails). ...

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Description 

The well-kept secrets of Blair are slowly being discovered. Blair is the ultimate Klettergarten of Greater Vedauwoo and actually has a climbing history stretching back into the mid-nineteen hundreds. It is far off the beaten track and away from the masses. Even today it is usually so quiet throughout the heavily forested area it is cloaked with the ambiance of an empty church. The only sounds one hears are the cries of falcons, breezes prowling through the trees and an infrequent call of another animal... 'off belaaay'. It used to be that seeing another climbing party was a shock; however, that is changing, for better or worse.

High quality climbs for nearly every level of climber are found throughout the area, ranging from easy to hard face to a multitude of cracks from fingers to hands to offwidths, easy fives to 5.12s as well as some very provocative bolted routes. Climbers come from all over in search of the most sought after climb in Blair .... 'Spectreman'. Also, one of the two most difficult climbs in all of Greater Vedauwoo is found here called 'Son of a Wanted Man' (13c), a name that evokes the true cowboy spirit that pervades this one-of-a-kind place. Climb this one and you will enter the rarified air of true hardmen capable of such feats. So mount up, dig in your spurs and get ready climb routes quietly put in over the last few decades by talented, experienced 'locals' and a few others.

Nowadays, Blair is commonly divided into Lower and Upper Blair, not only for convenience, but because Upper Blair sits about two hundred feet above Lower Blair. Each contains several aesthetic formations which, in turn, contain many routes. You will find Upper and Lower Blair each occupying its own page with considerably more detail than that shown on the 'overview Beta photos' shown here. Every route is not located, however many of the popular ones are. From these key points and using one of three guidebooks available for the area or consulting vedauwoo.org, you should have no problem finding your destination, much unlike in years past when Blair existed as a nondescript, confusing jigsaw puzzle.

Getting There 

There is no designated turnoff for Blair on I-80. (While the following directions may sound convoluted, just find the way once and it's easy from then on.) Also use the upcoming 'roads and trails map' that will be found here soon. Therefore, access is by a frontage road that parallels I-80 along its west side.

IF you are coming from the East (i.e. from Cheyenne), take the Vedauwoo Exit #329, turn left under the overpass and find the Frontage Road.

If you are coming from the West (i.e. from Laramie), take the #329 exit, turn right and find the 'Frontage Road'. Head North (right) on the Frontage Road for approximately 2 miles, find another underpass (the 'Blair Underpass') on your right, and turn east (left) onto a dirt road...this is USFS Road #705 (S. Blair Road).

Alternatively, if you are coming from the West (i.e. from Laramie), you can take Exit #323, the Happy Jack Exit. Turn right onto S. Blair Road, go about 3.5 miles and find the 'Blair Underpass' (same one as mentioned above) on your left. Turn left (east).

Whichever way you get to the 'Blair underpass', follow the winding dirt Road #705 approximately 2.5 miles (eastward) and find the turnoff (right/east) for Lower Blair Parking. (*Note: this is a fee area). If you are going to Upper Blair, continue on #705 for about a mile to a distinct 'T'. Take the right hand turn and proceed uphill on Road #707 for approximately a mile, and find Road #707a on your right. Under normal circumstances, you would follow #707a for a third of a mile, turning towards the Eight Ball Formation on Road #707af for Upper Blair Parking. *NOTE: At the present time (2014), the USFS has closed this road to vehicular traffic (see photo), although you can park outside the gate and hike in to Upper Blair using the same roads just described. Alternatively, you can hike into Upper Blair from the Lower Blair parking area, although it's a long, uphill slog. I'd suggest heading along the trail on the N. side of Blair 3, continuing eastward up the moderately steep slope to the N. side of South Corner and access Upper Blair from there.

Go to the individual pages for Lower Blair and Upper Blair for more detailed topos of trails, formations, parking, and route locations.

Links to Upper/Lower Blair subareas 

Upper Blair.
- East Corner
- The Heap
- John's Tower
- North Corner
- South Corner
- Upper Blair Boulder Problems
- Wango's Workshop

Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity.
- Adam's Ribs
- Goldirocks
- Lower Blair I
- Lower Blair II
- Lower Blair III
- Miscellaneous Lower Blair routes / problems
- The Vulture

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.8 miles from here

142 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',61],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',10],['5.8',16],['5.9',20],['5.10',34],['5.11',26],['5.12',12],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',5],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Blair (overview)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Blair (overview):
Crack Named Sue   V5 6C     Trad, Boulder, 20'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Miscellaneous Lower Blair r...
Becker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Blair : John's Tower
Le Petit Arbre   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair I
Baobab Tree   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Blair : Little John's Tower
Big House   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Upper Blair : John's Tower
Intimidation   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Jogging to Vedauwoo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Penetration   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Bragging About Jesus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Raised On Robbery   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair I
SS Maywood   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Blair : North Corner
Yellow Belly   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Upper Blair : John's Tower
A Thing of Beauty   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair II
Hard to Believe   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Medium Cool   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair II
Burning Man   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Blair : John's Tower
Take 5   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
Spectreman   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Blair : The Heap
Country Western Swing aka Mystery Blocks   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Upper Blair : The Heap
Pretty Girls with Long Knives   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair III
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