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Half Dome

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Big, Black, and Hard S 
Clayton Bigsby S 
Guns Are Drawn S 
Ipecac Neat S 
SW Summit Route T 
This Is Ridiculous T 
Watching the Wild Things T 

Half Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.89, -103.4579 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Housiaux, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Aug 4, 2010
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Half Dome, which looks more like a quarter dome, is located 100 yards to the SE of Baldy and stands 80ft tall. There are about 7 lines, all going to the summit if you choose. Some crystal pulling, some routes have more clean finer grain granite, there is also some wind sculptured holds and a couple trad lines. Usually pretty quiet back here. Between these routes and the ones on Baldy there is enough for a full day. Well worth the 20 min approach.

Getting There 

Same approach as Old Baldy. Once your able to see Baldy straight in front of you follow the trail to the right passing a few boulder problems. The trail will trend to the left uphill and you'll see Half Dome on top of the hill. 20 min hike.

Climbing Season

For the Mount Baldy / "old baldy" area.

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Half Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Half Dome:
SW Summit Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ipecac Neat   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Half Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Up the black stuff....Bbbbburly!

Clayton Bigsby 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Half Dome
Amazing powerful route that goes up the steep wall to the right of 'Watching The Wild Things' and surprisingly has great holds. The crux flows really well on holds all facing to the right and you have to climb to the left. For shorter folk, there is one stopper or impossible move involving a large span into a gaston. The large horn at the fifth bolt ends the powerful climbing, then head to the right for a technical redpoint crux on the slab. Highly recommended!...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Nov 6, 2011
Chris, did you bolt the routes you guys FA'd here as well? Just curious.
By Chris Hirsch
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 6, 2011
Hey, yes i did. Lots of rock to be had out here. You should come out for a visit!

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