April to October
Denver, CO, is just 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
An endless expanse of high plains and cerulean blue sky
Whether you are new to rock climbing or have some experience under your belt, Vedauwoo is one of the finest destinations for traditional climbing anywhere in Wyoming! Vedauwoo features quality crack climbs of all shapes and sizes — it is the one place where you can do it all! It offers hundreds of fun routes, short approaches, and is only a two-hour drive from Denver. At an altitude of 8,200 feet, the views from the top of these formations are breathtaking! Explore the surreal nature of the Northern Arapaho called “bito-o-wu”, or “the land of the earthborn spirit,” and enjoy the breathtaking beauty and history of the area!
Most Popular Itineraries
Intro to Trad Climbing Course
If you are transitioning from gym to trad climbing, this private course is perfect for you! The course will teach you how to build traditional anchor systems, place solid protection, and climb a wide variety of crack sizes. The granite monoliths and splitter cracks of Wyoming are perfect for developing your traditional climbing skills and explore some of the wildest landscapes in the West. Learn about the area’s geology, crag climbing movements and techniques, risk management, and the foundations of trad climbing with an experienced friendly guide! This course is a great way for you to hone your skills and gain more confidence in your climbing abilities!
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Rock climbing is a rewarding, yet challenging activity for all ages and skill levels. A half-day of rock climbing is perfect for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of rock climbing and explore the vertical wonders of Wyoming. Let your expert local guides teach you the foundations of safety and sustainability. This customized course includes personalized instruction on equipment, hazards and risk management, climbing safety systems and techniques, basic rock climbing movement, and lessons on LNT and area’s ecology.
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Learn how to tackle wide cracks! Rock climbing is about fun and adventure, and Vedauwoo is a place where climbers have always felt at home. Join your guide for an adventurous day in Vedauwoo — the offwidth capital of the world. Opt for a customized day of fun and learning, and master the skill necessary to become a top-notch climber! This course teaches you basic and advanced classic climbing techniques that will have you cruising wide cracks in style. If you want to learn where the outdoors are challenging enough, the sky is blue, and the best climbs abound, look no further!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
This course will introduce you to the skills, systems, and principles of decision-making needed for multi pitch climbing. Let your guide take you through the planning and research process, preparation for multiple climbs, and lots of climbing on beautiful multipitch terrain. Learn about minimal-impact ice climbing strategies to safeguard resources and heritage of the area. This course is perfect for anyone with foundational knowledge of climbing safety systems and a solid base of climbing fitness, but eager to gain more experience and learn new skills!
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Things you need to know
Covid measures in Vedauwoo
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Vedauwoo, WY, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day or two days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
How fit do I need to be?
For Half-Day of Climbing, if you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
The Intro to Trad climbing is perfect for anyone looking to upgrade from gym-to-crag climbing. The Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide is ideal for both beginner and intermediate climbers. The Multi-Pitch Course is for intermediate to experienced climbers. You will need a good level of fitness to accomplish this climb as you will be moving for a minimum of three hours on the rocks plus some additional hiking. Even though rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength, multi-pitch climbing will test you. Be prepared for a full day of strenuous climbing.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Vedauwoo, WY, has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Vedauwoo has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
- Approach shoes
- Rock shoes
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1 and cost is per person.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids younger than 14 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Vedauwoo, most people fly into Denver International Airport (DEN). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Denver is just over 2 hours away from Vedauwoo.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your course. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on the conditions and the climbing ability of the group.