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BETA PHOTO: Holdless Horror. Prominent crack in center of pho...
P1: Start on the face just right of the bush growing out of the bottom of the crack. Climb up to first horizontal ledge, or, further up to the next smaller one (80 or 100 feet?) and build a belay anchor. 5.6.
P2: The "business" pitch. Climb up and mitigate impending horror by using the "holdless" terrain rather than get engulfed in the people eatin', imposing crack. Busy, but, never hard and the pro is decent if you take the time to find the money spots. 5.7.
P3: The fun 5.6 pitch. Great climbing that gets steep and improbable looking, but, always a nice foot and/or hand hold to help you out.
P4: Final easy fifth class romp to the top. Can climb far enough up to set belay for a safe walk off following the pitch. Low angle, one short roof near the end of the pitch. Great gear, but, somewhat spread out between bomber placements.
Historically significant as the first technical rock climbing route on this Dome. Great name, too. Classic TMH.
Climb is located on the west side of Dozier Dome. Look for the crack system, left of the big diagonal break in the wall, kind of in the middle of the big flat face, which extends all the way to the ground. Is a large green bush in the bottom of the crack. Crack is distinctive as its the only one on this side of the Dome that continues down below (and through) the horizontal ledge all the way to ground level. Prominent crack system viewable from a distance. Goes straight up.
Summit area has great views of Cathedral Peak area and surrounding domes.
The hike down is bonus, and, for some folks, easily as quality as the climbing. If conditions permit, hike to Cathedral Lake and then follow the water course down, taking the path of least resistance. Beautiful hike on its own. Near the bottom, where Dozier Dome starts to appear to melt into the forest on the climber's left, cut over to the base of the dome to pick up packs, if left at the base (and/or to pick up the well-marked climber's trail back to the car). Easy, fun hike with improbable positions and great scenery. Could spend a bunch of time playing around down climbing low angle friction faces, or, walking around to the left or right.
Standard rack. Nuts and single set of cams from small (1 TCU) to a #4 camalot. No fixed gear. No anchors.
BETA PHOTO: First pitch of Holdless Horror.
BETA PHOTO: 2nd pitch of Holdless Horror. Eeeek! No holds, t...
BETA PHOTO: 3rd pitch of Holdless Horror. First wide section ...
BETA PHOTO: Last pitch of Holdless Horror. Let 'er run.
Sascha following p2 on Holdless Horror
Look ma, no holds!
BETA PHOTO: First belay (photo credit Anne Marie).
BETA PHOTO: At the first pitch, heading up the second...
Anchor after 2nd pitch.
Belay at end of pitch 1
BETA PHOTO: Flared crack but not difficult.
|Comments on Holdless Horror
|By Joe Dawson|
Jun 23, 2009
I do not agree with the PG13 designation. I hate runout and I do not remember any on this route.
From: San Jose, CA
Jul 7, 2009
Hexes work great on this one; good for practice.
|By Rodger Raubach|
Jul 20, 2010
This climb is NOT PG13! It is very well protected with passive gear.
|By Jedidiah McClure|
From: Paso Robles CA
Aug 29, 2010
This route is really fun and easy. I'd give it 5.6. This is a great route for those learning to lead! This was one of my first multi-pitch leads and the ample holds made for a calm and confident climb. Protection is solid, I recall running it out about 15-20 feet several times, the many holds giving me the confidence to not zip it up. Anchors were easy to build. Ate '1 to '2 pieces, hexes worked well.
The approach hike is a pleasant walk through the trees and the down-hike is also interesting.
|By Josh Hibbard|
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Sep 16, 2010
I climbed this last week with a friend (Anne Marie). It took me too long to find it on Mountain Project because I couldn't believe it was rated 5.7 PG-13 and was looking for the 5.6 climb on Dozier Dome. I didn't notice any runout and felt the climbing more 5.6. In my opinion, this would be a classic moderate climb if crack on the final pitch was more vertical. Unfortunately, the angle lays back a bit much on the final pitch. Solid placements throughout. I extended the anchor on the final belay about 20 feet to watch the second and avoid rope drag.
|By aaron hope|
From: Walnut Creek, CA
Jan 2, 2011
Don't get sucked into the wide crack too much. In my opinion it was much easier to stem and stay on the outside.
|By Jon Ruland|
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 10, 2011
5.7 pg13 that's a good one
|By Peter Pitocchi|
Jun 22, 2012
Easy to find. Easy to climb. Easy to protect. Looong pitches....I used double set. My new favorite climb.