Vedauwoo

Posted on 20. Oct, 2008 by in Front Range

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I was sore this morning and I went to Vedauwoo by myself. It was a long and quiet drive. To be honest I miss having the old crew around and somehow lonely Wyoming seemed to be an appropriate choice today.
My sights were set on Cumulus, a problem put up a while back by local Davin Bagdonas. Davin suggested this to be the hardest problem in Vedauwoo. To my knowledge it was unrepeated. I had not seen it before today and was looking forward to trying something new. I hiked in about 20 minutes with one pad and soon realized I would need more. The problem climbs a polished 15ft face on sharp rock with a flat landing.

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Cumulus

After sorting out the lower moves, I hiked back to the car, grabbed two more pads, and returned with new motivation.

One of the hardest moves revolves around a terrible left hand crimp. It was threatening to split my tip from the outset. After several hours, the skin on all of my fingers was burning. I was climbing less and resting more. The sun lowered in the sky, and the wind picked up. On what would be my final attempt, I broke through, commited to the final dynamic move to the lip and rolled over the barnacle-like top out. Blood dripped out of the end of my finger. Everything was silent and I was alone. It was a nice moment for me. I quickly packed up my things, and hiked all three pads back down the hill.
Sometimes bouldering is very social, and the company of good friends and laughter is priceless. It’s something I look forward to each time I go with a group.
Today, while equally rewarding, was something different.

5 Responses to “Vedauwoo”

  1. campusmang

    20. Oct, 2008

    stop climbing easy boulders and keep on downgrading v14/15’s

  2. chris schulte

    20. Oct, 2008

    nice, huh.

  3. mervo

    20. Oct, 2008

    I learn much more about myself during sessions like this. In general, it makes me remember why I started climbing/bouldering in the first place.

    Nice Jorb Jemerson.

  4. peter b

    20. Oct, 2008

    Welcome to my world Jamie. I like solo bouldering most of the time but there are definitely drawbacks.

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