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Valley Massif 


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Description 

Valley Massif has a collection of good multi-pitch traditional crack climbs. The guidebook for this area declares Valley Massif as one of the loveliest areas in Vedauwoo. I have to agree. This area is made up primarily of two faces--the Northwest face and the Southeast face. The Northwest face stays shaded most of the day and the opposite is true for the Southeast face. The Southeast face has some nesting birds of prey so check for closures. The walk off for most of the routes is to the Northeast.


Getting There 

To get to this area follow the Turtle Rock trail that starts in the parking area near the base of Walt's Wall. The trailhead is on the left side of the parking area when facing Walt's. Follow this trail around until you see the Valley Massif rock outcroppings across the valley. You will have to cross some beaver dams to get there.


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25 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',4],['5.8',6],['5.9',2],['5.10',7],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['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 Valley Massif:
Powder Puff   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Sunny Day   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Soft Touch   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad   
Bill Steal   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Nail   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Screw   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Tea Grinder   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   
Hammer   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Zipper   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Quits   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
Monkey Wrench   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Hair of the Dog   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Tool Or Die   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Hooker   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Been Hair Done That   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Tool Or Die 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WY : Vedauwoo : Valley Massif
This is probably the finest sustained handcrack that I have done to date in Vedauwoo.The route lies on the West side fo the Valley Massif. You must climb the first Pitch of the route "Hammer" to a bolted belay to get to Tool Or Die. Hammer is a fun first pitch (5.7 or 5.8), but as I have only done 1/2 of said route, and I am sure many have done the whole route, I do not feel qualified to write about the rest here. Perhaps, someone who has done the whole route can add it to the si...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Enjoying a brew after Zipper.
Enjoying a brew after Zipper.
Southeast face of Valley Massif.
Southeast face of Valley Massif.
Ethan climbing Monkey Wrench at Valley Massif.
Ethan climbing Monkey Wrench at Valley Massif.
Taken from uphill to the northwest, September, 2000.
BETA PHOTO: Taken from uphill to the northwest, September, 200...
Valley Massif.
Valley Massif.
Hiking in on a beautiful fall day, with no one else around.  We had the whole valley to ourselves this day...and the rock.
Hiking in on a beautiful fall day, with no one els...
We for the life of us couldn't believe there was no one else climbing that day.
We for the life of us couldn't believe there was n...
Ethan about to crux on the Monkey Wrench.
Ethan about to crux on the Monkey Wrench.
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By Darin Lang
Sep 24, 2001

Just a note on approaches for those using Heel & Toe. Things have changed a little bit in the Valley Massif area (and the Reynolds area, for that matter)since the publication of H & T, probably for the better if you go to Vedauwoo seeking solitude.

Viable approaches include: (1) as described above, take the Turtle Rock trail from the parking lot below Walt's Wall and past Holy Saturday; (2) take the Turtle Rock Trail from the east trailhead near the beaver ponds, around the Turtle Rock massif, and across any convenient beaver dam; (3) hike in from the Reynolds Road closure point (old #700D); and last but not least (4) take a good trail that drops down to Valley Massif from the SE corner of Poland Hill. The latter option probably involves the least "swamp-whacking", but is uphill all the way out.

Right now is a great time to hit Valley Massif if you're in the area. As of 9/23, the approach was bug-free and mostly dry, the aspens had turned, and there was nobody around except for the elk.

By Brian Weinstein
Jun 5, 2004

a hidden gem. this rock provides a mystical experience that gives vedauwoo its character and charm.

By shad O'Neel
Jul 14, 2004

nice easy and free walk from the Poland hill parking area.

By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 12, 2007

Approach we used: Take the Turtle rock trail past the beaver ponds. Continue on the excellent trail passing a few ponds and swampy areas. Meet up with a well defined trail going left (marked with a cairn)This will skirt a pond. Follow this to the base of Valley Massif. Pretty much dry the whole way. To approach the actual climbs it is easist to go in from the far left of the formation, finding your way through the inevitable Veduawoo boulders. It is also possible to get to the climbs from the right but you will have to do some canyoneering type moves through a very narrow slot. This is fun as well, and is also required to get back to the base if you top out on routes and walk off.

By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Jul 18, 2013

Coming out to this formation is well-worth the ~45-minute mellow approach. Gorgeous grasslands and views will bring you (especially on a weekday) to a shade-offering climbing paradise where you may find yourself alone to enough a bevy of moderate classics).

Note that after the main trail passes left around the Walt's/Jurrasic Park/etc. formations, wait until you reach a very obvious trail junction with a hard-right rocky turn option before turning left towards the crag. Though "The Voo" guidebook referencing three "beaver dam" crossings, in July we only crossed mostly-dry marshes here to find the crag.

After the aforementioned left path turn, the trail will be faint but will lead the way if you match it up with the guidebook's area map.