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Little Half Dome

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Born on the 4th of July S 
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Half Dome Crack aka Party Time T 
Half Dome Unknown 2 TR 
Head Over Heels S 
Just Chillin' S 
Tin Can Alley S 

Little Half Dome  

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Submitted By: Jeff Bryan on Sep 9, 2008
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There are a ton of new bolts here. I have never seen a soul here. The rock is good where it's good and scary where it's bad. Stick to the friction. Do not test the waters with any jugs.

Known FA - Robby Baker, 1972.

Getting There 

This is on the left past Atlantis. I think there are 2 parking lots. I will post better directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Half Dome:
Just Chillin'   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Dog Day Afternoon   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   
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Head Over Heels 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : South Platte : ... : Little Half Dome
This is not my route, I'm just adding to the database. (This is route #11 in the new book.) The crux is in the crumbly band. It is 120' long from ground, 100 feet from the ledge above. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The route is on the far right side. My booty is st...
BETA PHOTO: The route is on the far right side. My booty is st...
South side of Half Dome.
South side of Half Dome.
The route is on the front of Half Dome's far right...
BETA PHOTO: The route is on the front of Half Dome's far right...
Looking up at Half Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at Half Dome.
Three routes on front with bolted rap stations.
Three routes on front with bolted rap stations.
Half Dome map.  Yellow - The "Sprucewood"...
BETA PHOTO: Half Dome map. Yellow - The "Sprucewood"...
Chipped hold, NOT ME!!!
BETA PHOTO: Chipped hold, NOT ME!!!
Moving up the Unknown 5.10d On the far left side o...
Moving up the Unknown 5.10d On the far left side o...

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By Scott Sills
May 29, 2009
In 2002, I bolted the black streak on right side, .11+/.12-. Also added anchor and a couple bolts to route on front right side, one to protect a 5.10 mantle move and one up near top. Also added a slab variation to 5.9 and one bolt to protect moves off anchors on upper pitch. I don't who added two pitch slab route on left side of formation. Good route, but could use one more bolt to protect crux on last moves of second pitch. 5.11.
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Nov 7, 2010
Either Robby or Lee Marsh, or maybe both did the first ascent of the wide crack. Shitty rock quality. Anyone else noticed that the best quality rock in the Platte tends to have the longest walk from the road?
By MountainManny
From: Idaho Springs
Dec 13, 2012
We had to bail on a Light D off of one of the last bolts before the anchors on P.1 of the "Unknown .10d" on Little Half Dome.

New biner booty and all yours...if you are up there next.
By David Appelhans
From: Medford, MA
Jul 26, 2013
MountainManny, your biner is still there. These routes really don't get climbed very often!
By teece303
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Jun 29, 2014
The carabiner is *still* there, as of yesterday.
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