Sunday, April 27, 2008

No Sending Day

We went to Hobo Cave today, and worked on a couple projects, but we didn't finish anything. It was a nice spring day at the cave. The color is returning to the Frontrange. Wildflowers are coming out, and the plum blossoms smell sweet.

Since I don't have much new information to share this week, I'm going to share some information on area sport climbing. This will surprise many, but Vedauwoo has some great sport climbing. It should be coming into season very soon if it hasn't already. My favorite sport crag at Vedauwoo is The Cove at Brown's Landing. Information can be found in both guidebooks, but only Zach Orenczak's guide has all the routes. It's a small crag with one 5.10, about 5 good 5.11s, and a 5.12. The rock is nothing like other Vedauwoo areas. It's smooth blocky granite that climbs like a bolted version of the Shawangunks. The rock is really amazing. If you climb 5.11, you'll love the place. If you need something harder, "7 Delusions" and "The Rusty Trombone" are really cool 5.12s right next to each other on a beautiful patina covered cliff at the Roof Ranch Area. Many sport routes at Vedauwoo are scary, painful, crystal pinching slabs, but if you check out the outlying crags and bouldering areas, there is great rock to be found.

Colin Mills climbing at the Cove.

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