Friday, June 22, 2012
USA - Wyoming - Rock of Vedauwoo
ROCKS OF VEDAUWOO
MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST, WYOMING
The mystical rock formations of Vedauwoo create endless opportunities for the adventurous. The Medicine Bow is home to a great variety of wildlife including deer, elk, antelope and an impressive variety of smaller mammals and birds.
Sent by Susan, a WiP partner from USA.
This is from Wikipedia : Vedauwoo (pronounced: vi də vu:) is an area of rocky outcrops (Sherman Granite) located in south-eastern Wyoming,United States, north of Interstate 80, between Laramie and Cheyenne. Its name (according to climbing guidebook authors Skip Harper and Rob Kelman) is an anglicized version of the Arapaho word "bito'o'wu" meaning "earth-born". The area is within Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest and includes a day-use picnic area and an overnight campground. Vedauwoo is a popular climbing area. Mountain bikers, anglers, hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and rock climbers come from all parts of the world to sample the area's natural beauty. Climbers find some of the best wide crack climbs (called "offwidths") known. There are over 900 routes currently on record. Due to its elevation and distance from nearby cities, making it a dark site, it is a favorite of star party enthusiasts. Interstate 80 passes just south of the main rock outcroppings and well-marked highway signs indicate the exit to use in order to reach Vedauwoo. An alternative is to drive in from the Happy Jack road that runs between Laramie and Cheyenne.