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South Astro Dome - Northeast Face

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Bleed Between the Lines 
Breakfast of Champions 
Crimping Lessons 
Middle Age Crazy 
Middle Age Crisis 
Middle Age Savage 
My Laundry 
Piggle Pugg 
Shooting Star 
Solid Gold 
Such a Savage 
Such a Waste 
Walking Pneumonia 

South Astro Dome - Northeast Face 

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Darin leading the 2nd pitch. April, 2006.


The Northeast Face is literally packed with multi-star routes and as such is very popular with climbers throughout the season. The routes here range from 5.8+ to 5.13a (most are 5.10 and up) and vary from one to two pitches in length with mostly face climbs and the odd crack route. Descent is usually made via rappel from one of several anchors atop the formation.

Some of the better lines here include Breakfast of Champions (5.8+), Solid Gold (5.10a), Piggle Pugg (5.10c), Such a Savage (5.11a R), Stone Idol (5.12a R) and Middle Age Savage (5.12a/b).

Routes from left to right:

Mamunia (5.13a)
Stone Idol (5.12a R)
Bolt Heaven (aka Dry Cleaning) (5.10b A0)
My Laundry (5.9)
Crimping Lessons (5.11b)
Bleed Between the Lines (5.10d TR)
Solid Gold (5.10a)
Middle Age Crisis (5.11b)
Middle Age Crazy (5.11c/d)
Shooting Star (5.11a R/X)
Middle Age Savage (5.12a/b)
Such a Savage (5.11a R)
Such a Waste (5.11b/c TR)
Walking Pneumonia (5.11b R/X)
Breakfast of Champions (5.8+)
The Boogie Woogie Blues (5.11c R)
Piggle Pugg (5.10c)

Getting There 

See The Astro Domes page for detailed approach information.

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Astro Dome - Northeast Face:
Breakfast of Champions   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
My Laundry   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Solid Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Piggle Pugg   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Middle Age Crisis   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Middle Age Crazy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   
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Approximate line of Middle Age Crisis

Middle Age Crisis 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Sandwiched between Solid Gold and Middle Aged Crazy, this route was originally top roped in the 1980's.From the first bolt of Middle Aged Crazy, head up and left past 6 more bolts to a bolted anchor/rap. Steep fine climbing on pleasant edges to a bouldery sequence between the 6th and 7th bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Approaching the end of pitch 1 of Solid Gold belayed from the new two-bolt anchor of the route between SG & My Laundry.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching the end of pitch 1 of Solid Gold belay...
Birds faeces cover the Solid Gold tiny holds so a wire brush is essential.
BETA PHOTO: Birds faeces cover the Solid Gold tiny holds so a ...
Note the heaps of bird droppings which cover the 2nd pitches as far up as the blue arrows indicate. From the pic it might not seem so bad, but honestly, I love birds, but this was disgusting! It prevented us from finishing via My Laundry. <br />Red arrow: 1st bolt of the 2nd pitch of Solid Gold to be clipped after the bit scary move onto the left ascending friction.
BETA PHOTO: Note the heaps of bird droppings which cover the 2...
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