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Apr 6, 2013
here comes johnny
For those in the know:

Is there snow on the ground still at the Voo? When does OW season open up? It looks like it's kinda chilly for the next couple of weekends, but am I safe to assume that I could head up there by the end of the month and be comfortable for climbing and camping?

Thanks
J Marsella
From Berthoud, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2010
1,634 points
Apr 6, 2013
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"but am I safe to assume that I could head up there by the end of the month and be comfortable for climbing and camping?"


That sure is a loaded question. LOL!
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,361 points
Apr 6, 2013
the man was smart
Locker wrote:
"but am I safe to assume that I could head up there by the end of the month and be comfortable for climbing and camping?" That sure is a loaded question. LOL!


Mtn Proj is LOADED with loaded questions Locker. Its as tempting as, uhhhh, cold beer after a day of cragging.

I'm not in CO but I guess its G to G if its got any south faces
T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
1,053 points
Apr 6, 2013
I have been snowed on in may there. I have climbed in a t shirt in January. Check the forecast. It's reasonable but weather does roll in on occasion. nicelegs
From Denver
Joined Oct 29, 2012
16 points
Apr 7, 2013
Mother #1 on the Nautilus at Vedauwoo. Rob is calm...
WYDOT Atmospherics for Vedauwoo
07-APR-13 02:47:01pm
Air temperature 42°F
Relative humidity 41%
Dew point 20°F

Wind gust 32 mph
Wind average 24 mph
Wind direction W

There is never any snow at Vedauwoo. It all gets blown down to Colorado. As the guidebook [advertisement: Climbing at Vedauwoo ] says, “… the wind season (early January until late December) can be a bit trying. …Traditionalists will note that climbing before Easter or Passover is unlikely but the season is in full swing by Pentecost…” Keep the faith as there are only 37 days remaining until Pentecost.

I haven’t gone to Vedauwoo so far this season because of the wind, e.g., see atmospheric sensor reading above. These are 2 links to check for a view and for atmospherics.

wyoroad.info/highway/webcamera...

wyoroad.info/pls/Browse/Sensor...


Cheers,

Rob.calm
07-Apr-13 15:52:00 MDT (-5 UMT)

rob.calm
From Loveland, Colorado
Joined May 2, 2002
606 points
Apr 7, 2013
The Shield
The season usually begins on a Thursday in July... ends on a Tuesday... in July. Thats if you want comfort. Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
2,224 points
Apr 7, 2013
Mother #1 on the Nautilus at Vedauwoo. Rob is calm...
Sam Lightner, Jr. wrote:
The season usually begins on a Thursday in July... ends on a Tuesday... in July. Thats if you want comfort.

The operative word is "usually". About 25 years ago, we climbed on a Thursday (July 3) beautiful day. We woke up early the next morning as out tent was collapsing. Snow storm! Drove to Eldorado and were climbing at 80°.

r.c
rob.calm
From Loveland, Colorado
Joined May 2, 2002
606 points
Apr 7, 2013
Woo weather this week:

forecast.weather.gov/MapClick....

still a lot of wet/icy crack up there and drifts with man swallowing crevasses. Splatte would be a safer bet
VerticalUrge
Joined Sep 19, 2011
5 points
Apr 7, 2013
I, and a great many other folks who lived in Laramie for a while, have climbed at Vedauwoo every month of the year. Its hand to live close enough that the one day out of the month without wind can be recognized early enough to call into work/ditch school and still get a few pitches in.

This year, as mild as the winter turned out to be, a lot of the south-facing stuff will be dry and ready within the next few weeks, but don't expect the road into central to be open until mid- to late-May. The north face of the Nautilus, outside of the Slots and Cornelius, are probably still too cold and iced up to be worth the slog, while the south face will probably be pleasant. A lot of the outlying areas will be inaccessible until the road melts out, which could be any day now for some of them. I'd wager that the back way into Plumbline is still snowed in, likewise with the short route to End of the Road Rocks.

Note that I don't live in Laramie (or even Wyoming) anymore, but from experience and based on the snow amounts at Happy Jack and Green Rock, that's what I'd expect.
Brian Scoggins
From Boise, ID
Joined Mar 12, 2002
1,074 points
Apr 13, 2013
Hi John:

I'm a Wyo native, UW grad, and been climbing at the Voo for a long, long, time.

One word for the conditions - unpredictable. This time of year it can be melted out, have a snowstorm of a few inches with wind, and the road drifted in and impassable again. See next sentences.

Right now high wind watch. 8-12" of snow predicted on Sunday through Tuesday.

While attending UW, late April/early May was the earliest you could get in - always subject to the spring snow/wind storm.

That said, you can often hike in over a little snow and do sunny climbs on the south side of Nautilus...or maybe even on Walt's Wall.

Last April, there weren't any significant spring snowstorms and we camped on BLM land south of the road by the Nautilus. The campgrounds didn't open until the 3rd week of May last year...and they didn't turn on the water until later.

Don't worry, those offwidths will be waiting patiently to spill your blood!
Arlo F Niederer
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Mar 20, 2009
201 points
Apr 13, 2013
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"crusty ol' bastard!".


Not me personally. But my underwear? Possibly! Age and an occasional bit of "Slippage" you know. These things happen...

:-)
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,361 points
Apr 17, 2013
That all being said, going forward, if there's a particularly warm spell and it's been reasonably warm for a few days in Berthoud beforehand, Go for it. You'll find something fun to climb. It's not really that far away from you. David Pneuman
From Western, CO
Joined Oct 6, 2006
14 points


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