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Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity  


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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 41.18961, -105.39001 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki, Mike Snyder, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Old Fart aka Dave Bohn on Oct 13, 2003  with updates from Skip Harper
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Description 

This little visited area, West of "The Main Mobscene", harbors the 2 best moderate "sport bolted" faces at the "Woo" plus some awesome cracks, lots of trees, shade (and no people, shhhhh!).

Eds. Initially this was a combined area. With time, the MP.com community has indicated it would be more helpful to subdivide this area for easier use.

This area includes Lower Blair I, Lower Blair II, Lower Blair III, The Vulture, Goldirocks, and miscellaneous bits of rock nearby.

Thus, we reorganize!

Getting There 

Follow the general directions to Vedauwoo from Cheyenne, but then turn South and then West on the South frontage road. Cross North under the Interstate on Blair Road and drive N on FS 705 to a picnic/parking area (FS 705e) just after crossing Crow Creek (~2.5 miles), it is a fee area. Closest to the parking to the Northeast are the Adam's Ribs. A well used mountain bike/horse trail leads east from the parking area and a few hundred yard east, turn North and head up to the main rock masses. "Heel and Toe" labels these as Blair III, II, and I heading West to East.

Per Skip Harper: you just can't miss Lower Blair. Driving down (basically east) Road #707 from the 'Blair Underpass', three closely situated monoliths begin appearing ahead of you. At first they seem rather unsubstantial against the background of the Sherman Mountains, but they continue to grow larger as you get closer. These are the Three Blairs (#s 1, 2, and 3) upon which most of the climbs are located and can be seen on the topo as well as in other photos. As you leave the parking lot and hike towards them, they simply continue to get even larger. By the time you are at their base, they are massive, an alluring feature that catches almost everyone by surprise. These formidable structures were named for Chuck Van Blair, one of many members of the University of Wyoming Outing Club who climbed to their summits in the mid 1900s. In fact, Blair himself is the namesake for the entire area known today as ... "Blair".

Because of the rather ordered nature of Lower Blair, it's not nearly as difficult to navigate as Upper Blair. Moreover, it is a fascinating place, generally so quiet the distant hum of traffic on I-80 seems intrusive. In counterpoint to the overbearing rock formations, it is highly forested, wildflowers bloom throughout the climbing season and the light fragrance of sage is pervasive, creating the illusion of a magical refuge. Within this context, it is surprisingly full of climbs for everyone. You will find daring runouts (Arete Already), exciting trads (A Thing of Beauty), huge flaring offwidths (The Putter), perfect hands (Le Petit Arbre) as well as challenging mixed (trad+sport) climbs (Deadman's Glove). There are fanatical contortions almost beyond imagination (The Wing) as well as some of the best climbs at the lower and intermediate grades found throughout Greater Vedauwoo.

There are several lesser formations closely associated with the 3 Blairs, Little Blair, Goldirocks, and Adam's Ribs. All formations are relatively linear and have a northeast to southwest bearing. Thus most have a 'southeast face' and a 'northwest face', although most simply refer to the north or south faces rather than adhering to the mind bending insistence of being exact.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.9 miles from here

62 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',6],['5.8',7],['5.9',12],['5.10',20],['5.11',7],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity:
University of Mars   V5 6C     Trad, Boulder, 35'   Miscellaneous Lower Blair r...
Crack Named Sue   V5 6C     Trad, Boulder, 20'   Miscellaneous Lower Blair r...
Enterprising Curiosity aka Bloody Scab   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Lower Blair II
Le Petit Arbre   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   Lower Blair I
Intimidation   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair III
Arete Already   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair III
Bachelor Party   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blair I
Bragging About Jesus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair III
Jogging to Vedauwoo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Lower Blair III
Raised On Robbery   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair I
Hard to Believe   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blair III
A Thing of Beauty   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Lower Blair II
Electric Gypsy Moth   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Blair I
Sketch Palsy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Lower Blair III
Unicorn Exterminator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   Lower Blair III
Medium Cool   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair II
Knockin' on Heaven's Door   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Miscellaneous Lower Blair r...
Take 5   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Blair III
Public Enemy   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Blair I
Pretty Girls with Long Knives   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Blair III
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Featured Route For Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity
The right line is ROR, left is Public Enemy.

Raised On Robbery 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  WY : Vedauwoo : ... : Lower Blair I
This is a classic Scarpelli hand and fist crack.Take the right of two right-leaning splitters (left one is Public Enemy). Start in the A-frame slot, pull through the crux on solid pro, and cruise through to anchors at the shelf. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Photos of Lower Blair I, II, III, and vicinity Slideshow Add Photo
Doing yoga on top of Blair III.
Doing yoga on top of Blair III.
The Three Blairs, appearing right to left: #1 (rig...
The Three Blairs, appearing right to left: #1 (rig...
BLAIR OVERVIEW:  A nearly 3D view of the Blair Are...
BETA PHOTO: BLAIR OVERVIEW: A nearly 3D view of the Blair Are...
At first, Blair seems like a giant jigsaw puzzle; ...
BETA PHOTO: At first, Blair seems like a giant jigsaw puzzle; ...
Two main trails lead into Lower Blair from the par...
Two main trails lead into Lower Blair from the par...

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 12, 2011
I think this area should be sub-divided per rock... Blair I, Blair II and Blair III. Does anyone with more area knowledge/experience have the motivation to do it?
By Justin Edl
Jun 13, 2011
A few years ago I offered to go through all of Vedauwoo and organize it into individual crags, but the admins never responded to my offer. Maybe I will get motivated to do that again someday...
By Ben Boykin
From: Cheyenne, WY
Aug 7, 2011
Route info: On Blair II, right of "Dead Man's Glove," & left of the Vulture, there is a slab with bolts leading toward an arete, probably 6 or 7 visible hangers. Seems to be solid 5.10. Name of route? Rating? Thanks!
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 7, 2011
FWIW, I have responded to this offer to reorganize, but I never received a response from the email.
By Justin Edl
Aug 8, 2011
Lesson: When someone who knows what they are talking about makes an offer to help, don't turn them down and proceed to unnecessarily moderate their contributions, all the while letting and endless stream of much much MUCH worse BS spew forth from the accounts of numerous other users. I used to think this site was a wonderful resource that could be used with a great deal more integrity than, say, 8a.nu or rockclimbing.com. Unfortunately, due to repeated mishandling of situations over the years my faith in this site has been degraded. I will still use it to post info, but only because your competition is THAT much worse.
By Justin Edl
Aug 8, 2011
BTW, responding to the e-mail years after the fact, and then claiming that you adequately followed up...it's the kind of stuff I am talking about. I hereby nominate you for Congress.
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 8, 2011
Okay, we can't change the past, I don't remember your offer from years ago, some of the other things you cite involve a LOT more behind the scenes that you are aware, no claims of adequancy were made, and volunteer work can be thankless...shall we move forward and work positively?

Let's reorganize this section now. If you are interested, please email your ideas to leopaik@cs.com and we'll get this done.