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Cleared For Takeoff T 
Desert Sky (aka Environment-Oil President) T 
Felch T 
Gynogroove T 
In And Out T 
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Too Obvious T 
Turtle Vein T 

Split Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0097, -116.0551 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Vernon Stiefel on Feb 27, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Split Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.


Split Dome is the large mass of rock adjacent to the Split Rocks parking area. It is divided by a conspicuous east-west gully. There are huge boulders that surround Split Dome proper and several of them have established routes (e.g. The Popsicle). Virtually all of the climbs require anchors and the descents are walkoffs.

Fun bolt protected and mixed climbs on south facing rock include Bike Across America (5.10c), Strip Search (5.10c), and Turtle Vein (5.8). A very good mixed route on the west face is Desert Sky (aka Environment-Oil President) (5.11a). An excellent overhanging crack on the east face is Cleared For Takeoff (5.11b).

Getting There 

Split Dome is easily seen from the Split Rocks parking area.

Climbing Season

For the Split Rocks area.

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Placing a #2 Camalot at the top of the initial cra...

Cleared For Takeoff 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Split Dome
This prominent overhanging thin hands / fist crack is on the east face of Split Dome. The superb rock quality makes this short but powerful climb well worthwhile. Jam the crack and use holds on either side for hands and feet. The initial crack ends in a small "cave." At this point a thin seam goes directly over a roof (thin cams and stoppers for protection)to the top or a left-slanting fist crack can be climbed to the top. Placing protection is the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Split Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Split Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on "Worthy of It. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers on "Worthy of It. Photo by Blitzo.

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