One of the best slab routes in the "Platte". Wigwam Dome is located in a beautiful valley along Wigwam Creek. A nice and fairly flat two mile hike will get you to the base of the climb. The climb starts on the left side of the dome below obvious water streaks.
Pitch one. Climb up over a small overhang passing two old bolts. Continue up following the sometime flaring crack to it's end. Make a long traverse left to a two-bolt belay. Option: after 30 feet of climbing look for a bolt on the left leading into a obvious water streak. This is Violent Energy a 12b start to the route. Hand rail past the third bolt to reach the water groove. Make a series of hard moves on small edges and nubbins and difficult clips up the groove. Follow the groove up to the belay.
Pitch two: Move left and up from the belay. Traverse right passing two bolts. Fire up the beautiful slab on wonderful edges, nubbins and smears, tending right to the belay.
Pitch three: go right from the belay and clip the first bolt, fire up to the second bolt (a little run-out) and climb the beautiful steep slab past several bolts (9) to an old 1/4 inch bolt. Get ready for a long runout to the anchor.
Pitch four. Climb almost straight up from the belay over a small overhand and past two old bolts (crux). Veer a little left and run it out to the third bolt. Go right (yellow alien) and run it out to the fourth bolt. Glide up to the belay. Follow the crack (5.9) to the top. Walk off to the right and down to the base.
Take 15 quickdraws and gear up to a 3 friend if you do the standard first pitch.
|By rob bauer|
From: Golden, CO
Sep 11, 2011
If you want to make the raps easier without leaving 'biners, bring a couple of quicklinks to install on the left anchor bolt at the start of the 2nd pitch and another one at the top of the second pitch. Also, bring a runner to leave for the top of the 3rd pitch. I cut off one piece of tat' today and broke another off with my hand. I did the same at the better(?) anchor at the top of On the Edge. BTW, a single 60m rope won't reach down to the anchors at the top of the the 2nd pitch, and I'm doubtful a 70m rope would either. (I left a biner today, if you only bring one rope, which is no big deal. I didn't do the 4th pitch, so I can't comment on whether 2 ropes would be absolutely required.)
From: Golden, CO
Jan 21, 2013
Hands down the best face pitches I've climbed in The Platte, and we didn't even get to do the crux last pitch. The 2nd and 3rd pitch bolts have all been replaced except for a buttonhead on the 3rd pitch that protects the final runout to the anchors, which are also old :(. 30 ft to the right is the anchor for on the edge which is in a little bit better shape, but both are in need of being updated. The crux pitch is currently sporting 1/4"ers, hence why we didn't climb it. You can not get down with a 70m, so bring 2 or plan on some shenanigans.