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The Halidome is the enormous, south-facing crag adjacent to Ra. It is 500+ feet tall and over a 1/4 mile wide with several offshoot canyons, gullies, and other connected buttresses. It is the most obvious huge rock 3.2 miles west of Empire. The height of the crag plus the fact that it sits several hundred feet above the road, combine to create a surprising big-wall atmosphere. For years climbers driving by haven't considered this crag to be worth investigating. It might appear broken-up, the rock unappealing, but closer inspection has revealed several excellent, steep, direct lines to the top on mostly good rock. Where the stone is good, it is as good as alpine granite can be. The Halidome has some cracks but no continuous trad lines have been found, yet. Most routes will either be mixed or pure sport routes. Remember, this is an alpine environment (top elevation over 10,000') where all alpine variables, risks and dangers should be considered, even on "sport" routes. An imperative concern on both Ra and The Halidome is the sharpness of the rock. Ledges, aretes, and lips of overhangs tend to be extremely sharp. Always protect your rope.
Park in a large pullout about .1 mile past the regular parking. This will put you approximately below the center of The Halidome. An obvious boulder field, mostly marked with cairns, shoots straight up to the base. When you reach the base of the cliff you should be in a steep gully with the wall on your right. Move up the gully and then left along the base for a couple hundred feet to a rocky ramp where the stone gets better, and start to look for bolts. The Central Sector is home to two routes, Cat Tracks and King of the Mountain.
A new sector has been developed up and left of Cat Tracks and KM. This is the West Sector, and presently it is home to four routes, the first of which is Wind Machine, the last, Manalive. Continue up the ramp past Cat Tracks for 100' or so to an old, unfinished 4 bolt line. 70' past this is the start of Wind Machine. The vertical plates slightly farther up the scree-filled ramp are home to three excellent one and 2-pitch routes. Going farther on puts you at the top of a deep, narrow chute that ends this sector. More to come.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Halidome:
Chute Out 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Chute The Moon 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Nice Chutin' 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Unknown 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Cat Tracks 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 190'
Manalive 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Chute 'em Up 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Wind Machine 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 600'
Loosey In The Sky 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 340'
A Thousand Ships 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350'
Priceless 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 4 pitches, 350'
Touch Gold 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 4 pitches, 350'
Tremendous Trifles 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
King of the Mountain 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 550'
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Priceless 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b CO : Empire : The Halidome
Bolts & hangers: $3.25. Gas to the crag: $3.00/gal. Coming home after a brush with eternity: Priceless. The first route to go to the top of The Halidome, this 350' sport route starts from the Catwalk, about 30' right of the EIH, just behind a long boulder. Overall, the route is very nice with some sections of less than perfect rock, but most is on good stone.Pitch 1: 5.11a, 18 bolts, 140', 3-bolt anchor. This pitch can be broken into two shorter pitches (1: 85', 12 bolts + anchor, 2: 55', 5...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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