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Lava Dome is a dark brown, ragged-looking, formation that sits at the southern end of the Towers of Uncertainty. It's not dome-like at all, it's actually steep on the north and west sides and has the look of frozen lava shooting up. The north side has 3 obvious cracks, while the west face is pretty smooth.
Once in the Towers of Uncertainty area, walk west from Crow's Next to Reef Rock with it's distinctive flat north face (many horizontal cracks). Just west of Reef Rock, head south in a river bed of soft sand. This is a cool walk. Snake past various close formations, heading south, until Lava Dome shows up on your left. It's one of the southernmost formations in this area.
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Lava Lamp 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Mauna Loa 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 50'
Mauna Kea 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Hot Flashes 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
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Standing Ovation 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lava Dome
This is a fun route that starts easy and gets progressively harder. 5.7 face moves lead to 5.8 and 5.9 as the route steepens. Various thin cracks are present higher up. There are only a few moves of 10a near the top. The crux is somewhat height-dependent and a fun puzzle.To descend, traverse climber's right to the two-bolt anchor at the top of The Right Hand of Light and rap....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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