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Bolts to Somewhere 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mike Smith, ~1985
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Submitted By: Ray Snead on Jan 1, 2002
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Bolts to Somewhere the line of seven bolts to the left of of Topographical Ocean's 4th pitch. Easier than Topo's P4, but half the bolts in the same distance. One hundred percent pure friction.


Old school bolt route.

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By steve dieckhoff
Oct 30, 2002

This pitch really is brilliant. The best descent is to rap down CONNECTIONS. Rap to the start of the last pitch (either this or TOPO OCEANS) then a 50 meter rap leaves you on easily downclimbed ground at the bottom.

By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Aug 11, 2003

Bolts are spaced appropriately for this route. Not too close but not too far apart. It's a fun climb. Do it.

By pfwein
Nov 19, 2006

The first pitch is also good.

By Shane Z
From: Colorado
Dec 12, 2007

All three pitches are excellent. I would consider the first 2/3 of the last pitch to be continuous well protected 5.10-, exactly half the bolts than Topo. One of the best pitches that I have led on The Dome and a must do for anyone hiking to the area. Everything from crack to slabbing, a typical awesome South Platte climb.

By Mike Smith
Jun 3, 2010

To complete the info on Bolts to Somewhere, I did the first ascent around 1985, bolted on lead. Peter Hubbel and I finished Topo Oceans earlier, and B. to Somewhere beckoned as we worked on the last p. of Topo. What invited B to S was a single old bolt left of the belay for the last p. on Topo (what became bolt #1 or 2 on B to S.) This isolated bolt was put in many years earlier by the real hard men that first climbed The Dome. Pete and I often joked about the solitary "bolt to nowhere" while finishing Topo. When I returned to check out the line invited by the lone bolt, it naturally fell into place. Thus came the name for the completed line, "Bolts to Somewhere." It is a classic, pure friction pitch, more runout than the final p. of Topo. The old mystery bolt may have been a rap bolt. If not, someone was doing massive runouts on hard rock and they deserve first ascent credit. There was at that time a second solo mystery bolt in the middle of nowhere a hundred feet or so below the belay for the final p. of Topo. Pete and I incorporated this bolt into Connections as I recall. Likely another rap bolt, but who knows. By the way, Pete was the creator of Topo. Though we shared the bolting on lead, Topo was his vision. Done wearing EBs, the shoe of the time, and before today's sticky soles. -Mike Smith

By Cindy Mitchell
Oct 17, 2010

One of the best lines on The Dome.