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Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.
From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.
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Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Left Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
The Last Dihedral 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Close To The Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport, 3 pitches
Unknown, South of Tree Route 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 100'
Sanitarium 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR, 80'
Arwen 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 550'
Windjammer 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 3 pitches
Red Mushrooms 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches
Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 380'
Between Nothingness and Eternity 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13 Sport, 3 pitches
Old Man Quiver 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Just Barely 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport, 90'
Vicious 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
The Good Samaritan 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
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Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
Eye-popping 200-foot tall dihedral.P1 (5.10++, 160 feet): Fifty feet of endurance laybacking (with VERY slippery feet) leads to a no-hands rest out on the face. Eighty more feet of easier laybacking with excellent footholds leads to a class-4 trough. Belay thirty feet higher on a small ledge, where the class-4 section ends.P2 (5.9, 120 feet): Continue up the dihedral to the top of the giant pillar. Runout face climbing leads up and left to a bolted belay. From here, easy fifth class leads to ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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