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Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.
From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.
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Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Left Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Close To The Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport, 3 pitches
Unknown, South of Tree Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 100'
Arwen 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
Sanitarium 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR, 80'
Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 550'
Windjammer 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, 3 pitches
Red Mushrooms 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches
Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 380'
Between Nothingness and Eternity 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport, 3 pitches
Just Barely 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport, 90'
Vicious 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
The Good Samaritan 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
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Between Nothingness and Eternity 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 CA : Southern Sierra : ... : Dome Rock
1st pitch: 8 bolts to belay. This pitch certainly has the most consistently hard climbing of all the pitches. I felt the harder moves were reasonably protected, but the pitch is definitely runout on the easier 5.10 sections. For me there were 3 crux sections. The first crux is at the start of the climb, with thin-edge pulling and high-step commitment. The second crux is the footwork needed to get by the high angle chickenhead-downslopers near the 2nd and 3rd bolts (not too much for hand...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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