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Cochise Dome (What's My Line Dome)

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Double Jeopardy T 
Let's Make a Deal T 
Quadruple Direct T 
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Unknown route on lower left side S 
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What's My Line? T 

Cochise Dome (What's My Line Dome)  


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Description 

Cochise Dome (aka What's My Line Dome) is a prominent chickenhead encrusted formation just north of the Rockfellow Group in the central Stronghold. The huge south face of this dome hosts the classic "What's My Line?", perhaps the most well known 5.6 in Arizona, as well as a few other more difficult routes and variations.

Magnificent views, relative accessibility, and classic climbing make this area a popular destination for most visiting climbers and locals alike.

A large portion of the climbing in Cochise Stronghold is closed annually for raptor nesting. Closures vary, and are typically from February 15 - June 30 and include the entire Rockfellow Group and What's My Line Dome. Check with the Forest Service for changes and current closures (see Access Update below!).

Getting There 

Cochise Dome can be approached from the east or west. General consensus is that the east approach is slightly shorter, but steeper. The west approach is more gentle and can be a pleasant hike, though it is a bit longer.

To approach from the east: Start at the boulder in the middle of the road, just before the campground. Hike up the drainage, more or less, passing Stronghold Dome to your right. Continuing on up the drainage, Rockfellow Group will be on your left. Cochise Dome should appear ahead. Stick to the drainage, following the path of least resistance around huge boulder, until you are under the dome. Allow 40 minutes.

To approach from the west: From the end of the road at the campground, take the trail that goes to the east stronghold. Follow this trail for about 40 minutes up to the main saddle until you can see Cochise Dome and the Rockfellow Group far to your left. Leave the trail, following a vaguely cairned wash/trail for another 20 minutes to the base of Cochise Dome.Allow one hour.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.1 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cochise Dome (What's My Line Dome):
What's My Line?   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   
What's My Line Direct   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Let's Make a Deal   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   
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Jimbo suiting up at the base of the climb

Let's Make a Deal 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
The hardman's way to do What's My Line.This is a stellar but testy climb and one of the most classic Grossman leads I've belayed (and I've belayed a few of them...)Rock is good, moves are great but as I recall it's pretty good 5.11 climbing.This was all hand drilled in one shot.Just as Steve was getting to where I thought deck out was starting to become an issue, he'd stop and drill a bolt (all 3/8") off some pretty sloping foot holds. I'm not sure I could have drilled some of these bolts off t...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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What's My Line - Cochise Dome
BETA PHOTO: What's My Line - Cochise Dome
Entering the final slot before the first belay of "What's My Line".
BETA PHOTO: Entering the final slot before the first belay of ...
Ben on the P1 penji of What's My line?
Ben on the P1 penji of What's My line?
View of an upper pitch of Let's Make a Deal from a pitch on What's My Line
View of an upper pitch of Let's Make a Deal from a...
Cochise Dome from the western approach. February, 2008
Cochise Dome from the western approach. February, ...
Cochise Dome.
Cochise Dome.
Cochise Dome from the approach to the Rockfellows. February, 2008
Cochise Dome from the approach to the Rockfellows....
Jay on the approach, with the profile of What's My Line in the background.
Jay on the approach, with the profile of What's My...
On What's My Line? Direct, 10dR, Cochise Stronghold
On What's My Line? Direct, 10dR, Cochise Stronghol...
Cochise Dome.  Double Jeopardy is follows the prominent arete.
Cochise Dome. Double Jeopardy is follows the prom...
A view of the hills from the hike to Cochise Dome on a beautiful December's day.
A view of the hills from the hike to Cochise Dome ...
Approach to What's my Line
Approach to What's my Line
Looking up at What's My Line?
Looking up at What's My Line?
Cochise Dome Is On The Right.
Cochise Dome Is On The Right.

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By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 20, 2013
For a topo of the SE face feel free to PM me.


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