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These awesome domes lie in the heart of the Wonderland of Rocks and sport some of the longest routes in the park. Classics include Solid Gold (10a) and Such a Savage (11a). The climbing is characterized by steep face climbing on small edges protected by bolts. Remember though, that these climbs were put up in the days of the bolt-on-lead ethic, and ARE NOT SPORT CLIMBS. Just because these routes aren't given an "R" (by tradition) doesn't mean you won't encounter significant runouts with dangerous fall potential: a small rack is usually useful to supplement the fixed gear on these routes. The majority of the routes on these domes face northeast and thus can be quite cold in the winter and see little sun. That being said a warm day in January brings ideal climbing conditions if you don't mind being a little chilly.
Directions are difficult in the Wonderland. It is best to bring a good map to help locate the Astro Domes.
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Solid Gold 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
What a great route! This classic route takes a magnificent line up the northeast face of the South Astro Dome in two great pitches. Well worth the thirty minute walk and potential wait if others are already on it. Be advised that this wall can be extremely cold in the winter months.Start down and right from the highpoint of some blocks stacked against the face (roughly 75') at a prominent gold streak. P1) Climb the steep gold streak past 6 bolts and many sharp edges to a belay on a ledge ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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