Summer 2009 was the first summer that I spent in the Laramie area. I normally leave town to climb in other regions of Wyoming. The spring came in quickly and with heat. I instantly tried to find cooler stone and ended up finding thousands of new boulders all over southeast Wyoming. Before those are shown however, some older rock was visited first.
Guili Zavaschi on the back of the Gill Bloc
The FA of Magdalena V8.
The problems start down and right of the picture in the cave under the boulder. It climbs a V7 into the holds I'm on, then left to the Gill Problem.
Ethan McMahan on the Ice Queen Traverse V6
There are a few other areas on the Laramie side of the Snowy Range. Most require a big truck to get into. The one worth a trip to is Bear Lake. The road is only three miles long from the pavement but the last mile is the one that counts. Walking in is an option, but the road is choice and you might get to be in a mud bogging movie as some of Laramie's locals have. I first bouldered at Bear Lake a few years ago with Josh Helke. His poor dog, poor because of the head injury from the drive in, was shaken all over the place. Lucky the jeep was full of pads. Because of the poor road and the elevation the season is very short at Bear Lake. Usually late July through October is all you get.
After visiting the old stuff. I found a bunch of new stuff, but that will have to wait for my next post.
Josh Helke on the FA of Smug Tug V2
Josh Helke looking at Bear Lake's best wall
Horatio Rock is composed of a very nice, tight grained, white/gold granite. There are several areas on Horatio Rock of a few problems each and the climbing is good. However, there is a very good problem on a house size boulder that really stands above the rest. Guili Zavaschi took the first ascent of the proudest line on the bloc and gave us Lord Of The Forest V12. He did not grade the problem, but I was very close to sending it and have done the crux a few times. A hurt tendon kept me from finishing the amazing line, but V12 is a solid grade for it. There is a lot more to do at Horatio Rock, but early snow shut us out this fall.
Mike Molony working Lord Of The Forest V12
Guili Zavaschi entering the crux sequence of his Lord Of The Forest V12
Mike Molony slapping slopers like the southern boy he is on a Horatio Rock classic Heidi V5
I managed to find two additional areas in the Snowy Range but spent little time at either. They are both composed of Sherman Granite which is what makes up Vedauwoo and Red Feather. The stone in the Snowy range however is featured and far better than the Vedauwoo stone. I was amazed at the possibilty of new problems all over featured boulders. A lot of problems will go up in the two Sherman Granite areas this coming season, but I'll worry about that in a few months. Below are a few of the nicer lines I noticed on my recon.
They look strangly similar now that they are in a row?