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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 
Unknown T 
Unknown route on lower left side S 
What's My Line Direct T 
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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What's My Line? 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R  AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
What's My Line? ascends the huge sea of chickenheads that grace the south face of Cochise Dome. While the climbing is easy at 5.6, exposure and runout will keep the attention of most moderate leaders. Additionally, an AO pendulum or 5.10b traverse is required to access this chickenhead highway. I have rated the pitches below separately, as the climbing is distinctly different on each pitch.To access the first belay, it is necessary to gain a large ledge about a third of the way up the face. ...[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 ...
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...
View of an upper pitch of Let's Make a Deal from a...
Cochise Dome from the western approach. February, ...
Cochise Dome from the western approach. February, ...
Cochise Dome.
Cochise Dome.
Cochise Dome from the approach to the Rockfellows....
Cochise Dome from the approach to the Rockfellows....
Jay on the approach, with the profile of What's My...
Jay on the approach, with the profile of What's My...
On What's My Line? Direct, 10dR, Cochise Stronghol...
On What's My Line? Direct, 10dR, Cochise Stronghol...
Cochise Dome.  Double Jeopardy is follows the prom...
Cochise Dome. Double Jeopardy is follows the prom...
A view of the hills from the hike to Cochise Dome ...
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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