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Labor Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.02111, -116.16682 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jan 12, 2003
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BETA PHOTO: Labor Dome. Photo by Blitzo.


Labor Dome is a trad rock with 3 routes listed in the latest book I have access to. There is at least one additional line on this rock, and all are traditional. The rock's westwardly aspect makes it a good morning destination in the heat, or mid-day to afternoon destination in the summer.

The three routes documented on this rock are: Working Overtime (5.9), A Woman's Work is Never Done (5.10c), Time and A Half (5.10d). One more is to be described here as: Part-Timer (5.7). It is not presumed to be a F.A., but the name was unknown. None of these climbs are "super" but all seem worth doing if you are in the area.

To descend, walk some distance to the south, behind and over a boulder or two, and then down the west to some large boulders, then back North to the base of the climbs.

Getting There 

Locate this rock by going through Steve's Canyon, and an additional 150-200 yards North, on the left side (east) is Hit Man Rock, on the Right is Labor Dome. Labor Dome is easily distinguished from other surrounding rocks by the small square roof on the left side and the much larger rounded roof on the right side, about 20' off of the ground.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Labor Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Labor Dome:
A Woman's Work is Never Done   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Labor Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Kris Solem climbing the route, 11-30-08. Photo by ...

A Woman's Work is Never Done 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Labor Dome
This route starts on the west face of Labor Dome, just left of center. The route climbs a short left-facing crack/corner to reach a small roof, where it traverses right (still easy) to reach a thinning crack that climbs upward and curves slightly right at the top. Climb that crack, placing gear while you can. Put your small pieces up as high and as possible and then crank the crux sequence (a tiny cam might be as high as your waist). It's good to have a few pieces, since small cams are known to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Mary Moser
Nov 25, 2011
The Joshua Tree West guidebook indicates that there is a 2-bolt anchor at the top of Working Overtime. This anchor is no longer there, so be prepared to build your own anchor. The walk off to the climber's right isn't bad at all.
By The Gray Tradster
Nov 25, 2011
The anchor was a completely unnecessary retro bolt job and deserved the chop.

There's a perfectly satisfactory crack within three feet.

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