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These awesome domes lie in the heart of the Wonderland of Rocks and sport some of the longest routes in the park. Classics include Solid Gold (10a) and Such a Savage (11a). The climbing is characterized by steep face climbing on small edges protected by bolts. Remember though, that these climbs were put up in the days of the bolt-on-lead ethic, and ARE NOT SPORT CLIMBS. Just because these routes aren't given an "R" (by tradition) doesn't mean you won't encounter significant runouts with dangerous fall potential: a small rack is usually useful to supplement the fixed gear on these routes. The majority of the routes on these domes face northeast and thus can be quite cold in the winter and see little sun. That being said a warm day in January brings ideal climbing conditions if you don't mind being a little chilly.
Directions are difficult in the Wonderland. It is best to bring a good map to help locate the Astro Domes.
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Middle Age Crisis 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Sandwiched between Solid Gold and Middle Aged Crazy, this route was originally top roped in the 1980's.From the first bolt of Middle Aged Crazy, head up and left past 6 more bolts to a bolted anchor/rap. Steep fine climbing on pleasant edges to a bouldery sequence between the 6th and 7th bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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