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South Astro Dome - Northeast Face

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bleed Between the Lines TR 
Breakfast of Champions T 
Crimping Lessons S 
Mamunia S 
Middle Age Crazy T 
Middle Age Crisis S 
Middle Age Savage T 
My Laundry T 
Piggle Pugg T 
Shooting Star T 
Solid Gold T 
Such a Savage T 
Such a Waste TR 
Walking Pneumonia T 

South Astro Dome - Northeast Face  

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Location: 34.03858, -116.14713 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 27, 2009
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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['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- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
My Laundry   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Solid Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Piggle Pugg   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Middle Age Crisis   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Middle Age Crazy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   
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