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Looks Can Be Deceiving 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: maybe ?
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Submitted By: Greg Sievers on Jun 14, 2011

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Observatory Dome as seen from The Citidel.

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The approach is best as a traverse from the top of the Citidel. It is maybe a 10 minute walk.

There is a huge, healthy ponderosa located just left of the start.

P1 - begin in a right-facing dihedral with a mossy bush about 15' up. Stem the 5.8 tricky start and go left around the bush to a huge chickenhead. Follow the remaining 5.6 crack for 140'. Belay comfortably to the right of 2 tiny ponderosa/bonsai trees.

P2 - follow an incredibly delightful, 5.6, finger tip crack along a rising ramp. It takes C3s/Aliens nicely. Move 30' back into an alcove and climb the final deep 5.8 dihedral. It is steep, sharp, and a bit spicy at the top as you mantle onto the true summit.

One may also choose to set a station after 130' in the alcove and make the final 40' dihedral the 3rd pitch.


This is on the east side of the Dome. It is 40' left of the big cleft mentioned in Deep Impact.


Bring a full single rack to #4 BD. C3s are nice for the start of the 2nd pitch.

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