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A Little on the Ugly Side T,S 
Air Voyager With Report S 
Automotive Supply House T 
Baalbek T 
Baldwin's Chimney T 
Banana Hammock 
Bat Guano Crack (mistakenly aka B-G Crack) T 
Bat Heaven T,TR 
Blood Sport TR 
Bombay T 
Bombs Away aka B52 T 
Bug Squad T 
Campsite Host Boulder 
Candlestick T 
Cannonball T 
Captain Nemo T 
Central Scrutinizer, The T 
Cool Hand Luke T 
Cornelius T 
Crankenstein T 
Cupcake T 
Deception T 
Deep Throat T 
Drunken Redneck Rappellers S 
Dual T 
Easy Jam T 
Ejector-Rejector TR 
Elevator T 
Escalator T 
Etude For The Left Hand TR 
Etude For The Right Hand S 
Failure to Communicate T 
Father 1 T 
Final Cut, The T,S 
Finally T 
Flare Thee Well T 
Flying Buttress T 
Folded, Spindled, and Mutilated T,TR 
Fourth of July Roof T 
Friday the 13th T 
Friday the 13th, Part 2 T 
Ghost Dance T 
Grand Traverse, The T 
Gravity's Rainbow T 
H & H Grunt T 
Hairlip T 
Hamburger Crack T 
Handjacker T 
Harder Than Your Husband T 
Hemoglobin T,TR 
Hesitation Blues T 
Horticulture T 
Humper T 
Hurley-Fowler T 
I'm Spartacus T 
In The Dark T 
In the Groove T 
Jim Jam T 
Jim Jam Junior T 
Joke T 
Kiai T 
Knee Grinder T,TR 
Knothole T 
Left Torpedo Tube T 
Lower Progressive T 
Lower Slot and Upper Slot T 
Lower Slot Left T 
Lucky You T 
Max Factor T 
MaxiLash T 
Middle Parallel Space T 
Mother 1 T 
Murphy's Law 
Nemo's Nemesis S 
Nemo's Toad T,TR 
New Mutant T 
Nitrogen Narcosis T 
Octagon T 
October Light T 
Old Eyeful T 
Outrider S 
Par Four T,TR 
Petite Tarsalation T,TR 
Piton Perch T 
Popcorn Farce T 
Postman, The T,S 
Pretty S 
Republic, The 
Right Parallel Space T 
Right Torpedo Tube T 
Right Winger T 
Shotgun Willy  
Sitdown Seam 
Slab Stealer T 
Slat T 
Slick and Superficial T,S 
Slit T 
Slut T,TR 
Soak'em In Cider 
Stand and Deliver S 
Step Ladder T 
Stinkzig T 
Straight 4 Ward T,TR 
Stranded at Sea T 
Sun Up To Sundown 
Tarsalation T,TR 
Ted's Trot T 
Thin Lizzy T 
Thunderbolt T 
Twinkle Toes 
Unknown Crystal Slab 
Unknown Mantle 
Upper Progressive T 
Upper Slot Left T 
Vault T 
Vedajuicer, The T 
Vulture Direct T 
W.C. Fields T 
Wall-To-Wall T 
War Zone T,S 
Where the Sidewalk Ends 
Whipping Boy T 
Willem Dafoe's Blood Penis TR 
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Nautilus Rock Climbing 

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You can't miss this area. The Nautilus is named for the large feature on its top, forming a large roof, that looks like - you guessed it - a Nautilus shell. Trust me, if you can't find it, you're not looking. The approach to the nearest climbs from this lot is a mere 2 minutes.

Getting There 

Keep driving past the main area where you turn for the fee camping to the next parking area, also on your left. This is the dirt parking lot with the restroom/latrine (visible from the road). See the description above.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

126 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',48],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Nautilus

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Nautilus:
Easy Jam   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Cornelius   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Stinkzig   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Handjacker   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Lower Slot and Upper Slot   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Mother 1   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Deception   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Finally   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Middle Parallel Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Lower Progressive   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Baalbek   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   
Hairlip   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 60'   
Friday the 13th   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Cupcake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5     Trad, Boulder, 25'   
Flying Buttress   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Grand Traverse   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   
Captain Nemo   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   
MaxiLash   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Hesitation Blues   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches   
Max Factor   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Plugging in at the crux...getting the piece deep w...

Bat Guano Crack (mistakenly aka B-G Crack) 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Nautilus
Stout. This pretty line starts out entering a short, wide ceiling to a shelf. Take a quick breather before pulling the small roof on thin hands to the steep and sustained wideness to the top. You can choose to battle for the deep fist-jams or use stacks for the sustained upper part. This is a classic line, give it a shot!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

Photos of Nautilus Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Yet another parking lot pic of the Nautilus.
Yet another parking lot pic of the Nautilus.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappelling off the Parabolic Slab on the Nautilus ...
BETA PHOTO: Rappelling off the Parabolic Slab on the Nautilus ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the Nautilus, of the balanced rock.
View from the Nautilus, of the balanced rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Northwest side of the Nautilus with Baldwin's Chim...
BETA PHOTO: Northwest side of the Nautilus with Baldwin's Chim...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Nautilus.
The Nautilus.
Rock Climbing Photo: Little slice of heaven....
Little slice of heaven....
Rock Climbing Photo: Tough not to fall in love with a place like Vedauw...
Tough not to fall in love with a place like Vedauw...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the many moods of the beautiful Nautilus.
One of the many moods of the beautiful Nautilus.
Rock Climbing Photo: Late night photo fun.
Late night photo fun.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Nautilus.
The Nautilus.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nautilus approach.
Nautilus approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nautilus.
Rock Climbing Photo: Locations of some of the major boulders around the...
BETA PHOTO: Locations of some of the major boulders around the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nautilus from the parking area.
Nautilus from the parking area.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow over the Potato Chip.
Rainbow over the Potato Chip.
Rock Climbing Photo: Easy Jam and Cornelius area on Nautilus Formation.
Easy Jam and Cornelius area on Nautilus Formation.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Nautilus. Photo by Blitzo.
The Nautilus. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: What route is number 36 pointing to in this pictur...
What route is number 36 pointing to in this pictur...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nautilus from the parking lot.
Nautilus from the parking lot.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Nickie rapping off the parabolic.
Nickie rapping off the parabolic.

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By Anonymous Coward
May 3, 2002
The Nautilus is one of the best crags in the Front Range. On it are a wide variety of climbs- both crack and face- at all levels of difficulty. It is a very popular crag, and some areas (in particular the Friday the 13th alcove) can get congested on the weekend with climbers taking turns on the classics. Weekdays you still can have the place to yourself. From the highway the crag looks like a giant submarine emerging from the depths (hence the "Torpedo Tubes"). It is possible to follow sun or shade around the crag throughout the day. The shaded N side can be buggy, but a breeze is usually enough to keep them down. Try to stay on the trails, since the area was reseeded after the fences were put up (you used to camp under the boulders)- I know, there are cows in there at times, and it may seem pointless, but try. There is excellent bouldering to be had in the boulders surrounding the crag, but be prepared to do some crack climbing. Some of the descents are walk-offs, but for many climbs you will need to rappel. Around the W/SW side of the crag (near the outhouse/parking area), there are various tricks for scrambling off of certain climbs, but be prepared to rappel anyhow. One of the local entertainments is to rappel the prominent fin which caps the high point of the crag in this area. At the E prow area (by the Torpedo Tubes) the standard rap route from the "summit" of the prow is down Middle Parallel Space to the top of the large block which forms the Right Parallel Space chimney, then to the ground. One rope only. Many of the other climbs in this vicinity have rap anchors or lowering stations. There is a 3rd/4th Class descent left of the the Friday the 13th alcove (when viewing the crag); this is obvious and requires a short section of downclimbing. The area above this descent is interesting to explore. I can't even begin to list the classic climbs to do- for the most part you get what you see. Look under Baldwin's Chimney and some of the other easy-moderate climbs (5.4-5.8); I put together a fun little tick-list for wide cracks, kind of a "Intro to Wide Cracks 101" course. In the 5.9-5.10 range there is Middle Parallel Space, Lower progressive, Flying Buttress, Baalbek, and many other good routes. 5.11 is a great grade on this crag, and most of the 25+ routes in this grade are worth doing. Look for Friday the 13th, Ghost Dance, Max Factor, Crankenstine, and many others. A double set of cams to #4 Camalot, a few 5" to 6" pieces, and a handful of wireds, TCUs, and QDs should keep you out of trouble, but it's usually pretty obvious if you need more (especially bigger) gear. Have fun!
By Anonymous Coward
May 11, 2003
Actually, the Nautilus is named after the submarine in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Hence the referential route names like Captain Nemo (who piloted the sub in the book), the Torpedo Tubes (which are perfectly placed on the prow of the "ship"), etc. The thingy on top really doesn't look much like a nautilus shell, but the whole formation really does look a **lot** like a submarine surfacing when viewed from a distance.

Anyway, the Nautilus is a great crag; probably the best at Vedauwoo, with many, many high-quality routes on all sides. My personal fave is Flying Buttress -- short but super aesthetic and fun.
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 11, 2003
Whipping Boy - 11C, a good OW over by Hello Stupid. Thrust your body wholeheartedly into the overhanging squeeze chimney to get to some hand and fist stacks that are followed by a sorta rest, then do some fists and then hands in a tight corner. Cool route and has not seen a second ascent that I know of. Good fun.
By angry
Jan 20, 2006
Whipping Boy was actually climbed a number of years ago by Mike Johnson and Steven Alderman. It's still a quality route. What really ticks me off is some of the bolting that locals have tolerated. I noticed this fall that an an old toprope/headpoint project in the Three Sisters Area has become a sport route- bolts next to a handcrack up high. What happened to locals policing each other?
By davebks
From: Louisville, Co
Sep 10, 2008
Any good photos out there with routes marked? Nautilus specifically?
I see a good pana shot but nothing with the routes marked. Of course if there was a good shot with routes marked, it would probably be on here, huh? Well, never hurts to ask.
By davebks
From: Louisville, Co
Sep 11, 2008
I am heading out to this area for the first time tomorrow. I have some friends guiding up the climbs but anyone know how the bouldering is in this area? I have heard good things about Vedauwoo in general for bouldering, but how about in the Nautilus area? Worth bringing the pad?

By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Sep 11, 2008
There's some pretty good stuff out there. The easiest to find stuff is on the interstate side, along the trail. Soak'em In Cider, Cupcake, and a few others will jump right out at you. The rest you'll find with just a little bit of exploring. On the other side is the Dungeon, which can be hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for. Most of the good problems at Nautilus are cracks, or bloody hard. So bring tape, or be rad.
By davebks
From: Louisville, Co
Sep 12, 2008
Thanks for all the info. Bringing tape but still might want to try and be rad anyway. Who knows...anything can happen :)
By Jeremy Franz
From: Berthoud, CO
Jan 6, 2009
Steve Levin's Wide 101 course offered at the Nautilus:

Easy Jam 5.4
Baldwin's Chimney 5.4
Right Parallel Space 5.5
Piton Perch 5.6
Hamburger Crack 5.7
Candlestick 5.7
Lower Slot and Upper Slot 5.7+

Petsfed has offered the following additional selections for extra credit:

Horticulture 5.6
Handjacker 5.8-

And to graduate, you head over to Walt's Wall
Satterfield's Crack 5.8+
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Jan 7, 2009
I dunno, if you consider Satterfields to be 5.8+, you'll be in for a rude awakening on Handjacker (which I think is 7+, but that's just cause I have the beta). Handjacker is definitely amongst the final climbs for any Nautilus OW101 course, although I feel Lower Slot Right is harder. It feels similar to Mother #1, both good routes to get your wide on. After that, you can graduate to some truly interesting climbs.

The crux on Satterfield's is NOT wide though, so while fun, it really has no business there. The wide stuff on Satterfield's is about 5.7 or so, and made a lot easier with copious face features.
By parchman
Sep 26, 2012
If anyone has been out to the east end of the Nautilus this week, you will have noticed that someone painted a retarded bit of vandalism all over the bottom of grand traverse. I have watched Vedauwoo become increasingly abused over the last 6-7 years, but this really takes the cake. There will be efforts underway soon to clean this up, and complaints have been filed to the appropriate agencies. Nonetheless, I would warn anyone with knowledge of this that local Vedauwoo climbers are going to start getting really short tempers about this kind of shit. Of course, I would have to assume this is not the work of climbers but rather some dumb shit hikers or road side tourists. However, it is becoming increasingly common for large groups of partially clueless climbers to show up at the Nautilus and to treat the area with no respect, so I am losing the ability to give climbers the benefit of the doubt. When you show up at the Friday the 13th alcove as a group of 15 people, with multiple dogs, and gang bang top rope routes all day (and leave behind cigarette butts and bottles of red stripe), you should realize you are wearing out your welcome. Groups with 2 competent leaders and an army of toprope heroes should go somewhere else.
By Jralph
Jun 13, 2014
Lost a pair of Evolv lace up climbing shoes. They are grey with green laces. Good karma your way if you found them and would want to get them back to me.
By michalm
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 29, 2017
If you lost a #3 C4 at the Friday the 13th area a few weeks ago, let me know.
By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Jun 29, 2017
Question for anyone who knows the Nautilus well:

According to what I can find on mountainproject, Slat is where number 34 is pointing in this picture in the link below from the guidebook and where number 36 is pointing is not on mountainproject.

Who knows what route number 36 is pointing to in the picture? The guidebook is definitely wrong, and that line is definitely much harder than 5.7.


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