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Half Dome Self belay with USHBA in Deckers.

Description 

This area includes domes and crags along side Jefferson County Road 97 close to Deckers. In the South Platte guidebooks it is referred to as the Malay Archipelago region.

Often the biggest challenge of climbing in this area is located the start of the climb. Over time, many of the routes have changed, bolts have been removed and added, and removed, etc. Allow plenty of time for scouting and finding the routes. Carefully scope routes before launching up them in case their description and protection comments have changed.

The most popular areas are:

Atlantis Slab
This is yet another set of beautiful, rounded, granite domes in the South Platte. These domes have 1-2 pitch slab routes with mostly spartan, bolt protection. South facing.

Murphy's Dome South Face
Nice one pitch climbs, mostly friction, with new bolts and 2 bolt anchors. South facing.

Deckers, is a small place with a general store and a fly fishing shop. The General Store dates back to the 1890's and was built by Stephen Decker. It is also a popular region for fly-fishing. Deckers received national attention during the June 2002 Hayman forest fire.

Getting There 

From Denver, go W on Hwy 285, go S on Foxton Rd just past Conifer, take a L at the T to South Platte (96), towards Deckers, drive 3 miles. Park in a legal spot. You may have to walk along the road a bit to the trailheads. There are 2 drainages to hike:

The S drainage is better for the S face of Java Dome and Bali Domes.

The N drainage is better for Atlantis Dome (on your L/S-facing) and W face of Java Dome. Approaches take 10-20 minutes.

Map of Deckers

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

90 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',46],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',13],['5.7',9],['5.8',15],['5.9',20],['5.10',20],['5.11',10],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Deckers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Deckers:
Easy Listening   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Jazz Dome
Quit Yer Beachin'   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Java Dome : South Face
Webster-Ellis Route?   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Java Dome : South Face
Just Chillin'   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Little Half Dome
D&D   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Jazz Dome
Straight - No Chaser   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Jazz Dome
Snark Hunt   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Atlantis Slab
Missing The Dike aka Two Dikes for Dinner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Atlantis Slab
Traditionalists at Work   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   Java Dome : North Face
Half Dome Crack aka Party Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Little Half Dome
Black Streak Through Overlap   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Murphy's Dome South Face
Platte Magic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Java Dome : North Face
Hammerhead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Java Dome : North Face
Dog Day Afternoon   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Little Half Dome
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Featured Route For Deckers
Rock Climbing Photo: The type of bolt on the route.

Hammerhead 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : South Platte : ... : North Face
This route should be called hammertoes, cause your feet are going to get crippled. Now that I think about it though, it will hammer your head while you contemplate cratering from several difficult locations.... Hopefully it won't hammer your body if you actually do cut loose at an in-opportune moment.Make your way up to the first bolt on fairly easy climbing, clip it, tighten the velcro on your shoes, and launch upwards. The next 2 bolts are a good distance apart with brutally sustained climb...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Deckers Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Left side half dome. Tin Can Alley left route.  Ne...
BETA PHOTO: Left side half dome. Tin Can Alley left route. Ne...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of these slabs. It being on Jazz Dome early ni...
One of these slabs. It being on Jazz Dome early ni...
Rock Climbing Photo: South side of Half Dome.
BETA PHOTO: South side of Half Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Half Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Half Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Half Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Half Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Morgan leading a route to the right of Tin Can All...
Morgan leading a route to the right of Tin Can All...
Rock Climbing Photo: Half Dome Nice new anchors.  At least 4 that I hav...
BETA PHOTO: Half Dome Nice new anchors. At least 4 that I hav...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boone on his first South Platte climb (and second ...
Boone on his first South Platte climb (and second ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Half Dome south side.  Me getting spanked on this ...
Half Dome south side. Me getting spanked on this ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The old South Platte Hotel.  Photo by Blitzo.
The old South Platte Hotel. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Jeff Bryan
From: Cortez, co
Jul 24, 2008
I agree with A.C. high overhead low return. I have been to both Atlantis and Java. From the Beta pics of Murphy's Dome I am not really sure where that is. Is this the formation just above the parking lot with multiple bolted lines. Which do have some new anchors. I loaned my H. book and I seem to remember a different rock name.
By Jeff Bryan
From: Cortez, co
Jul 25, 2008
Tried to climb this unknown rock today and got spanked. The first route
I left a beaner at the second bolt. It just seemed to hard for me, I fell twice. The second route I attempted had a big jug, but it felt like it was going to pull off. I got above it to the left and everything I grabbed pulled apart, so I bagged it and we went to our 3rd route which my buddy was half way up when we got rained off. This dome has tons of rock that is just rotten as it comes. The 3rd route we tried was pure friction and not as rotten but was friable friction. I am not sure if it is worth a second visit. The middle trad line looks ok, but with storms moving in we decided against it.
By John McMullen
From: El Portal, CA
Apr 25, 2009
This entire area was slated to be at the bottom of a new Dam and Reservoir back when we were climbing there (thus the names). It was practically a fact ... and fortunately didn't happen.

Since climbers at the time didn't communicate ... miss information was the norm.

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