Ron Roach Packing it up after an Christmas afterno...
A good south-facing wall that gets all-day sun even in winter. But after spending 3 days on the wall between christmas and new years, on warm sunny days, I still have yet to see another party on it. Out sole company was a beautiful Redtail Hawk who wheeled overhead and underfoot on all 3 days to observe us.
This wall offers several well-documented lines and many many undocumented lines. At times, finding which line is which must be done by carefully studying the relative positions of the cracks and bolt lines relative to the shadows of overlaps and water-stains on the wall.
The climb 'Out Of Towners' is seemingly most acclaimed line on the wall, but Aribas Amoebas, and the route left of El Cautivo are certainly good routes and worthwhile. However, the lines here vary from outright clip-ups to wandering and somewhat runout and vague and dirty crack systems. Not every route here deserves to be climbed.
To descend from the wall there are certainly good and bad options, but these are impossible to define in more than vague terms, so that will be as much as I can realistically provide. In some spots forced passage will be evident and in others, not so much. It will take 40-60 minutes and will involve some bushwhacking and scrambling. Wear hearty clothing or you'll trash it.
Descent: head to the West on the summit ridge until you see a cairn, then drop down North into a hallway of sorts and continue West toward the end of the main dome. As the dome breaks down, start heading back West/Southwest into a gully. You will pass though an over/under 'cave' between boulders and then Eventually you will reach a choked gully with some bush-whacking and descend back due South, staying near the rock. If you go too far North here, it will make things far worse. Cross back Southeast on a slab, back through some more boulder hopping, then back East along the base to the climbs where you started. I am more presently informed by a local that rapping off from 'Out Of Towners' or 'El Cautivo' is possible, but I suspect 2 ropes are needed.
The approach is similar to that of the one to Wasteland and will take 35-60 minutes depending on your pace. Start from the parking pullout and head in past a few 'shinspears,' 'cat-claws,' and Agave to reach the drainage and Wasteland approach, which is followed up to the gully where it turns uphill. There, stay left twice at broken down trees where the trail is very easy to miss. If you are going up the drainage to Wasteland, you have gone slightly too far. Follow a trail left to below the Out Of Towners Dome, which is the next formation West of Wasteland... then up the hill on a vague trail. I built perhaps 30 new Cairns here at any spots of ambiguity of the trail- and though small, they are easy to find. This trail should be quite easy to find and follow.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Out-of-Towners Dome:
A good climb on good rock with some "Oh-My-God-I Can't-Possibly-Be-Standing-On-That" moves. The very top can be improved by finishing on the final face and roof of Out Of Towners (a vertical bolt line you will cross under) and skipping the easy finish around the tree.P1: (140' 5.9+) Climb up the bolt line just right of the large arch, and just right of where a tree pinches to the wall. The crux of this pitch is in the middle third and is small holds and some friction, making this pitch a great...[more]Browse More Classics in AZ
Tony is correct, it is very easy to miss the easy approach to the dome! The main trail receives much traffic for the Wasteland routes. Do not go very far up the Wasteland drainage. In fact, look for a faint trail going left across the Wasteland drainage about where the rock starts on the right in the drainage. If one makes the correct turn, the trail is much easier to follow up the dome.
When you enter the Coronado NF, you immediately make a right turn. Take your first left to a small parking area. You will see two trail markers. When you come to a T, go right. When the trail to the Wasteland makes a sharp right turn up the drainage, you will see a gnarly downed tree trunk on the left. Just go straight here and follow the cairns. Expect just shy of one hour for the approach.
To reach a good rap descent, head to the top of the dome and look for a huge cleft inline with the ridge that has some ample dirt flooring down in the cleft in places. Enter this at the west end and travel it's length to the opposite end where you'll find a tree around 8 or so inches in diameter. Climb up between the tree and rock at left, into a V-notch. Travel the V-notch and, when you can, drop down right onto a cozy ledge at the edge of the dome's face. Find chained anchors a little out on the face and to skier's right about ten feet; the chained anchors are visible from the cozy ledge.
There are three double-rope raps via two more chained anchors directly below the top chained anchor. The second rap appears to be just slightly more than a 30 meters; the first and last rap are longer.