I was new to Vedauwoo in 1992, when I happened to run into Rob Kelman on my third day out.
I was crazy-lonely enough to bring my grouchy dog with me, and stupid enough to let him run
unleashed. As I prepped to rope-solo Lower Slot Left on the Nautilus, Mischa suddenly
bolted and went after a pair of climbers approaching the adjacent Lower Slot Right.
I could plainly hear that the dog was causing a stand-off, and before I could get up, a rock
crashed to the ground after glancing off my naughty Eskimo. The projectile did the trick
for everybody concerned. As Mischa returned with his tail between his legs, I received the
consternation I so richly deserved from the two approaching climbers, one of whom just
happened to be Doctor Kelman. Apologies were offered, and the dog was subsequently
secured to the nearest sappy pine tree while we all climbed our respective routes.
From that point on, I was more inclined to agree that dogs have no business
being at the crags. Especially that dog. And I had met one of the latest guidebook
authors. Rob Kelman and Skip Harper published Heel & Toe in 1994.
I had a route or two to submit, so I kept in contact over the years, until finally, a new edition
was in the works. This time Rob was the sole author, although there were numerous other climbers
simultaneously publishing area guidebooks here. Most people I have run into prefer "the red one,"
(That would be Rob's). By 2002, there was a host of new routes to report, some unwittingly so
as many lines at Vedauwoo have actually gone unreported for whatever reason.
Squeak & I had been exploring all over the place, and in 2001 had found a beautiful dome
on the west wall of Brown's Landing, climbing three routes there and finding a few ancient, rusted
1/4-inch hangerless bolts some forty feet up one particular water streak. Winter, and a war
intervened, but once Squeak was back from the desert, we set to work on several projects.
Following a natural line of weaknesses, Five Days One Summer was the first completely-
equipped route on the Dome at Brown's Landing, a formation that Laramites have been known to
refer to as the Beehive Buttress. Its two pitches wander up fine rock, avoiding any artificial plumb line.
Rob came out to judge it for himself in September of '02. More bolts appeared two seasons later,
too late for Rob to publish them in 2004's Rock Climbing at Vedauwoo, Wyoming.